WASECA — A woman suspected of burglarizing a Waseca home is in jail after fleeing on foot from the shotgun-wielding homeowner, then being chased and caught by a police officer neighbor.
Waseca police said Judie Lynn Kotek, 42, of Medford attempted to hide in a bedroom when the homeowner and his wife returned about 9:45 p.m. Saturday to their home on the 1300 block of Third Street N.W.
The male homeowner, who police did not identify, confronted Kotek with a 12-gauge shotgun. Kotek, armed with a knife found in the home, refused to be detained and tried to escape.
The homeowner struck her with the shotgun, knocking her to the floor. She got up and ran outside.