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Charges: Hudson woman came home to find stranger 'squatting' in her house

Timothy Storm Acker

A Hudson woman arrived home from a late-night flight last month to find a homeless man with a lengthy criminal history allegedly squatting in her house.

According to documents filed in court last week, the woman went into her Birkmose Park Street home at about 2 a.m. Oct. 28 and spotted things out of place in the kitchen and heard music playing. She went outside and flagged down a Hudson police officer who, along with another officer, went into the house and found a man inside.

Prosecutors later charged the man, 36-year-old Timothy Storm Acker, with burglary and two counts of misdemeanor joyriding. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman ordered Acker held on $2,500 cash bond at his initial appearance Oct. 31.

According to a criminal complaint:

Officers arrested Acker at gunpoint and asked him what he was doing there.

"Trying to squat," the complaint states he responded.

Acker told police he'd been there about a week. He admitted to eating food there — soup, carrots, eggs, English muffins, candy, soda and grapefruit — and driving a car parked at the house.

He told police he'd ridden his bicycle to Hudson from Eau Claire and was having "a mid-life crisis," the complaint states.

Police later had the resident inspect the house. She said vodka and tequila bottles were nearly empty and an unknown "rubber ducky" was found in a bedroom. Acker later admitted to drinking the booze and cashing in change he found in the house that he used to buy gas and a pack of cigarettes.

According to court records, Acker's criminal history stretches back to 1999, when he was convicted of misdemeanor retail theft. His convictions include a 2015 no-contest plea in Eau Claire County to substantial domestic battery and felony intimidation of a victim. He most recently pleaded guilty in 2016 in Eau Claire County to misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon.

Acker is set to be arraigned on the charges Thursday, Nov. 9.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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