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Red Wing woman accused of witness tampering

A Red Wing woman was charged with two felony counts of first-degree tampering with a witness after officers responded to her residence three times within the span of two hours, according to a criminal complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court.

Karen Scott, 34, 611 Bluff St., also was charged with gross misdemeanor stalking with intent to injure and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, according to court records.

An upstairs neighbor called police to report a possible domestic, the complaint states, and when officers arrived at the Bluff Street apartment building they heard banging and screaming coming from inside the apartment.

Officers knocked on the door and Scott came to the window, authorities said, but refused to open the door, was “irate” and “yelling profanity.”

Police also made contact with Scott’s 4-year-old daughter, according to the complaint, and determined she was not injured or in danger, then cleared the scene.

Police again were called to the Bush Street residence approximately 40 minutes later for a noise complaint.

On this visit, police spoke with the upstairs neighbor, who told police Scott threatened to beat her up for calling the police and she better not call them again, the complaint states.

During this conversation, police said they heard Scott yelling and screaming from the downstairs apartment.

The neighbor told police she had just moved into the apartment and “does not understand why this is happening.”

Once again, Scott refused to open the door or the window to talk to police, authorities said, and was issued a citation for a noise ordinance violation.

“F—- you and f—- your citation,” Scott yelled through the window, according to the complaint. “I’ll get the f——— s—- dropped.”

After informing Scott she would continue to receive citations if her behavior continues, police cleared the scene.

Less than an hour later, police were called to Bush Street a third time.

According to the complaint, the neighbor was upset and visibly shaking and told police Scott continued to threaten her, walking around the house, screaming in the windows.

“Snitches get stitches and I am gunna get you,” Scott allegedly yelled at the neighbor.

The complainant told police she was in fear for her life, as well as for the well-being of Scott’s daughter.

After checking with the County Attorney’s Office to ensure their entry to Scott’s apartment was by the book, officers entered the lower apartment at 611 Bush St. only to find it empty, according to the complaint.

Scott and her daughter were located on the front steps of a home on Bush Street after a search of the area, police said.

Scott was arrested, taken to the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center.

Both first-degree tampering charges carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Stalking — intent to injure is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $3,000 fine. Disorderly conduct carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Scott is scheduled to make her next appearance in court June 30.

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. 

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