Weather Forecast


Red Wing ‘pianist’ faces three felony charges

Michael Hoffman was sitting at home on his computer shortly after midnight Saturday June 21 when he heard someone playing his piano.

Then the playing stopped and the piano player left the house. Hoffman wasn’t expecting visitors, nor did he recognize the man as he looked out his window.

Simon James Coon, 37, 1127 1/2 W. Third St., entered Hoffman’s house through an unlocked door, sat down and played the piano without knowing Hoffman was home, then left, according to a criminal complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court Monday.

Coon allegedly saw Hoffman through the window as he was leaving and returned to the house and began kicking the glass door and shouting at Hoffman to come outside.

Hoffman called 911 and Red Wing police responded to his residence to find Coon on the patio trying to smash his way through a glass door, according to the complaint.

The officer took out his Taser and told Coon to get on the ground and that he was under arrest, but Coon wouldn’t get on the ground, the complaint states.

Coon was pushed in the chest, according to the complaint, and landed partially on the railing of the patio, the officer grabbed his ankle and got him on the ground and handcuffed him.

The estimated cost to repair or replace the damaged to Hoffman’s house ranges from $3,000 to $10,000.

Hoffman said he did not know Coon in any way, the complaint states.

Coon’s blood alcohol content was tested at the Adult Detention Center and determined to be .15, authorities said.

After the June 21 incident Coon was charged with felony first-degree burglary, felony terroristic threats, felony first-degree damage to property and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Felony first-degree burglary charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years jail time and a $35,000 fine while the terroristic threat charge and property damage charge both have a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and $10,000 fine.

Both misdemeanors have maximum sentences of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Coon’s next scheduled court appearance is July 10.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRyanRussett


(651) 301-7876