Rochester man arrested for following teenager home and into her house

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(ABC 6 News) – A Rochester man is in custody after police say he followed a teenaged girl home and entered her home before her father chased him away.

At about 6:52 p.m. Thursday, June 23, officers responded to a call from the 4400 block of 56th Street NW.

The 19-year-old woman was at White Oaks Park on 55th St. NW when she reportedly noticed Martin Danielson, 31, staring at her from about 100 feet away.

The woman, who was seated on a park bench, called a friend and told her about Danielson, describing what he looked like and wore as he continued to stare.

When Danielson approached her and began pacing and staring from about 30 feet away, the teenager "was really freaked out," told her friend what was happening, and began to walk home.

The girl told police that Danielson maintained a distance of 20 to 30 yards on her way home, but would not stop following her — as she sped up, so did he.

The girl reached her home and entered the garage area, while Danielson allegedly entered the front door. The girl’s father heard him enter and asked Danielson what he needed.

Danielson did not answer, left, and fled on foot. Rochester police searched the area and found Danielson, matching the description given, near his pickup truck at 55th St. and 50th Avenue.

The teenager and her father were brought to the scene and confirmed that he was the individual responsible, after which Danielson was arrested and brought to Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.

Rochester police will refer charges of 1st degree burglary for entering the residence, stalking, and harassment.