Man Dies After Being Beaten, Shot Committing Subsequent Home Invasions

I don’t claim to have a great deal of experience with the criminal mind, and so I don’t think that I’ll ever understand why a Minnesota man who got his butt kicked during an attempted home invasion thought that it might be a good idea to try a second one less than an hour later.


Benjamin Beaudoin’s friends say that they are also puzzled by his actions Saturday morning, in which he was injured in one home invasion, and then killed in another:

Sheriff Brian Jespersen says 34-year-old Benjamin Beaudoin, of Mendota Heights, died from the injuries after committing two separate home invasions Saturday morning in Ray, Minnesota.

The sheriff says Beaudoin first broke into a home around 5 a.m. about 15 miles south of International Falls. The homeowner retrieved a shotgun and struck Beaudoin over the head several times, breaking the stock off the shotgun according to the sheriff.

The sheriff says Beaudoin then fled the scene to another home a few miles away where a 72-year-old woman let Beaudoin into her home. Jespersen says Beaudoin threw the woman to the ground and began beating and choking her.

Jespersen says the woman’s 48-year-old son went to get a gun from his bedroom where Beaudoin lunged at him and was shot.


Beaudoin’s friend Thomas Stein says that the attacks were completely out of character for him, and that he did not have a history of violence. Stein says that Beaudoin had been suffering from intense recurring headaches in recent weeks, and was in the area to attend a wedding with his girlfriend.

What lessons do you think could be learned from the homeowners in these two attacks?

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