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Charges: Men broke into Bloomington home, threatened woman with knife

Police responded while the suspects were in the home.

Two men who allegedly broke into a Bloomington house on Sunday evening while a woman was home talking on the phone have been charged.

Robert Gabrio, 45, of Aitkin, is charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and threats of violence. Danny Denzer, 56, of Mounds View, is charged with first-degree burglary. 

According to the criminal complaints, sometime after 7 p.m. on Sunday a woman who lives on the 2800 block of 101st St. W in Bloomington was talking on the phone with her sister when she saw a car back into her driveway.

Gabrio and Denzer then forced their way into the home, charges say. 

Police responded to the home by 7:25 p.m., at which point they found Denzer walking around the main floor, charges say. They soon heard a woman scream from the basement and a man say, "Give me the money."

In the back basement bedroom, police saw Gabrio holding a knife close to the woman, the complaint says. Gabrio rushed toward the officers, but stopped short and turned back to the woman.

Police then "subdued" him and took him into custody, the complaint says.

The woman, who suffered a cut to her left ear and had several bumps on her head, told police when the men broke into her house, Gabrio grabbed her by the throat, threw her over a couch and put her in a headlock, before dragging her into the basement, charges say. That's when he put a knife to her throat and told her to open the safe in the bedroom or he'd cut her throat and kill her husband.

Police said they found a flashlight, several phones and $7,160 on Gabrio's person, while they found about 0.26 grams of suspected methamphetamine, the complaint says.

Bloomington police said earlier this week that one of the suspects involved in the home invasion – they didn't say which one – had previously been to the home in an effort to scam the elderly couple who lives there out of money. 

The suspect visited the home last month, posing as a county inspector. He looked around their house and advised them of "violations."

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