A 17-year-old Mikana resident faces up to nearly two years behind bars after allegedly harboring a 17-year-old girlfriend in his home while insisting that she wasn’t there when questioned by sheriff’s deputies, Barron County Circuit Court documents said.
A complaint filed Jan. 22, 2019, identifies the defendant as Kyle W. Hull, 2684 26 13/16 St., Mikana.
On Monday, Jan. 21, a deputy went to the defendant’s home in the town of Cedar Lake to look for a 17-year-old girl. The girl was listed as a missing person and/or runaway, and the deputy was told the defendant was her boyfriend.
The officer first spoke to the defendant’s mother, then to the defendant. He allegedly said the last time he’d seen the girl was the previous Friday, Jan. 18, at school. Both the defendant and his mother said the girl was not at the home.
About an hour later, the deputy heard from his sergeant that the girl might actually be at the home. Both officers went there and were told there was a 17-year-old girl in the bathroom.
The defendant again allegedly denied the girl was the missing teen that police were looking for. The defendant’s mother then allegedly admitted the person in the bathroom was, indeed, the missing girl.
Deputies waited while the girl got her personal belongings together. During the wait, one of the deputies saw a glass pipe in plain view, which appeared to be one used to smoke marijuana. The defendant allegedly admitted it was his pipe, and also turned over a small bag of what later proved to be marijuana.
The deputy went outside to get an evidence bag from his squad. The defendant’s mother then came outside yelling the defendant was destroying the house. As the officers re-entered the building, they heard a loud pounding coming from downstairs. Police found one of the doors had been damaged.
The complaint charges the defendant with obstructing an officer, criminal damage to property, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and disorderly conduct.
A court hearing is set for April 4, court records said.