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Mankato burglary suspect says the cartel made him do it

He told police the cartel wanted him to scare people inside the trailer.

A 28-year-old Mankato man is in custody and facing a felony burglary charge after doing what he says the Cartel told him to do. 

According to a criminal complaint filed in Blue Earth County, police responded to a report of a man trying to kick in the door of a mobile home in Mankato around 8:50 a.m. on Nov. 16. 

An officer responded and saw Jarrod John Stamereilers walking out of the trailer park, at which point Stamereilers ran and went inside a residence. The officer ordered him outside and he complied, telling the officer that he had been outside smoking a cigarette. 

The cop handcuffed Stamereilers for running and later found out that there was an active warrant out for his arrest. Stamereilers also matched the description the 911 caller provided to dispatch, and he was also positively identified by the 911 caller. 

In an interview at the jail, Stamereilers said he owes a drug debt of $500 to the cartel and that a member of the cartel instructed him to kick in the mobile home's door and scare the people inside, adding that he didn't know them and wasn't sure what the cartel's issue with them was. 

Police say there have been quite a few burglaries in the trailer park of late and they're investigating to see if Stamereilers is involved in any of them. 

Bring Me The News has reached out to Mankato Police Department to find out if the suspect's "cartel" claim has any validity to it. 

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