Man who lead Police on chase to Lake Superior is Charged

By KBJR News 1

Man who lead Police on chase to Lake Superior is Charged

April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The man who led Duluth Police on a chase and jumped into Lake Superior has been charged.

36-year-old Thomas William Baker was charged with Burglary in the First Degree, Receiving Stolen Property, Assault, Criminal Damage Property and Fleeing on Foot.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. on March 30, multiple Duluth Police officers were called to a home on 2721 Branch Street after a report of a burglary in progress.

Baker had entered the home through the bathroom window, in which damage estimates are pending.

The homeowner's mother went inside the home and saw Baker in the home with a bin, backpack and a bag of collected items taken from the residence.

The victim stated that she grabbed a hold of Baker but he pushed her down in an attempt to escape.

The victim’s hand was bruised.

Also present at the time was a small child in the care of the victim.

Baker ran southbound from the residence toward the Lakewalk where a chase ensued.

Baker ultimately jumped into Lake Superior in which he had discarded a backpack sometime during the chase.

Baker quickly got out of the water and ran on the rocks as an officer yelled for him to stop or else he would be tased.

Baker gave up and complied with commands given by the officer at gun point.

It was later found that the value of property recovered from the Duluth Police Department was $1043.14 which included a Wii gaming system, PS2 and DVD player.

The stolen items from the house have not yet been recovered.