Stillwater woman says officers entered her apartment at 2 a.m. without a warrant

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Sonya Sylos in her apartment.
Stillwater resident Sonya Sylos claims three officers entered her apartment at 2 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, without a warrant. Police don't deny the accusation but maintain it was an innocent mistake.

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That morning, Sylos says she awoke to noises, opened her bedroom door, and saw a Washington County deputy and two Stillwater cops inside her 518 Third St. N. unit. They had simply opened an unlocked door, walked up the stairs, and entered her apartment.

In an interview with KSTP, Sylos said, "I was scared. I didn't know what to think. And I said, 'What are you doing here?' And they said they were looking for my son. And I said, 'Should you be here?'"

As she alluded to, cops were searching for her son because they wanted to talk with him in connection with an incident where someone fled from police during a traffic stop. Sylos's son wasn't a suspect himself but is friends with the person who police believe took off.

The police report says officers thought the area outside Sylos's bedroom was a common area, not a private residence, and claims they left immediately when they realized their mistake.

But Sylos says that's not true.

"I asked them, 'Should you be here?' And they didn't turn around and leave," she told KSTP, adding that officers questioned her about her son for at least 10 minutes even after she called them out for not having a warrant.

Sylos has an attorney but hasn't yet taken legal action, KSTP reports.

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32 comments
kendrastic
kendrastic

Lock your door if you don't want strangers or police walking into your house at 2 a.m.

mr_microphone
mr_microphone

The police when they learned of their mistake, COULD HAVE apologized, stepped out side, and then asked her if she was willing to answer questions about her son.  Had that been done, I think a lawsuit would be unjustified.  That did NOT happen.  Only she knows how unsettling the incident was, and if she took it with a grain of salt, a public apology is still warranted.  It's an easy thing to settle the public.  Act human, protect and SERVE. 

Connie Leyendecker
Connie Leyendecker

Like Jason McCain, I'm about to be sarcastic, but doesn't this bring to anybody else's mind that old saw about "If you're not doing anything wrong, why should you mind that they break in/swab your DNA/listen to your phone calls...?"!!!!! I second the "out of control"!

Jason McCain
Jason McCain

Stillwater police should know the layout plans well before they enter a Apartment. Duh? Can't believe she retained a lawyer for this.

Love Dustin Thomas
Love Dustin Thomas

comrades. it is merely by the providence of justice that the cops enforce, extort, and terrorize. anything said to the contrary will be used against you in a court of lawlessness.

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

Cops do whatever they want whenever they want. This isn't news...

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

That guy on the eastside shot those cops a couple weeks ago who kicked in the wrong door.

edward_snowden
edward_snowden

Just Nazis looking for jews. Good thing she wasn't jewish...

Alex Alvarez
Alex Alvarez

Know your rights people & when they come to ur door film them..Record the crime..

Blueskymgmt
Blueskymgmt

Abuse of power is rampant from city to federal government.This must be stopped and the only way to stop them is hit them where it hurts,their obvious over funding and law suites against these types of abuses.

Nicole Schumacher
Nicole Schumacher

Stillwater cops have done way way worse and it has been brushed right under the rug. They know who to target out there. And yes its a privileged place with cops who are privileged as well and therefore think they are entitled to do whatever they want.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

in a lot of home people SHOOT then ask questions. these cops are lucky 

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

This is only news because it happened in Stillwater. In less privileged places it's part of everyday life.

Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams

I hope she sues. The officers unlawfully entered and remained, causing a violation of her fourth amendment rights. The exception is under exigent circumstances, which this case does not merit.

skywalker
skywalker

Obviously they shouldn't have entered and should have left without questioning her, but why wasn't her door locked?

Jenna Waldrop
Jenna Waldrop

The cops are getting out of control for real!!!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

this is troubling. hick police like that have zero ed or training

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Alex Alvarez oh so they kcik your ass and take the camera?>

ShitstormUSA
ShitstormUSA

@digitalprotocol Well, one or two of the cops were lucky, because if you shoot one or two cops, the third one will have no qualms with killing you.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Ryan Adams The cops won't pay - they never do - the taxpayers will foot the bill as usual.

HyperboleJoe
HyperboleJoe

@skywalker Yep, that's the import take-away here. Stupid lady should have locked her door.

TC4L
TC4L

I don't think it's a training thing.  This happens all the time but typically with the most minute crimes.  Reason is, if you're doing something wrong they'll get you and it's almost not worth the time and money to fight it.  Now if it's a large crime, the police know better and go through proper channels.  These kind of police have little respect for the community and are just there to get a paycheck.

ShitstormUSA
ShitstormUSA

@digitalprotocol Also, after they kill you, other cops might run red lights and kill motorcyclists on the way to the (now safe and under control) crime scene.

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