Minnetonka Airbnb guest charged with attempted molestation of owner's child

Hennepin County

Hennepin County

What sounded like a potentially harmless incident involving a drunk wedding guest staying at a Twin Cities Airbnb has led to criminal charges in Hennepin County.

They're pretty upsetting: The homeowner who rented a room to Derrick Kinchen, a 28-year-old from Michigan, says he found Kinchen -- "naked," and with an erection -- in bed with the owner's seven-year-old daughter. Kinchen has been charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and has a first court date scheduled for Wednesday.

That's a wildly different story than was offered by Kinchen's family. After the Michigan resident was arrested following a short manhunt, his relative told KSTP the situation was a simple case of alcohol-induced confusion. They said Kinchen had returned to his Airbnb after attending the wedding he'd traveled to Minnesota for, and, after using the house's bathroom, returned to the wrong bedroom by mistake. 

The homeowner told police it was "approximately 15 minutes" after he heard Kinchen came back to the Airbnb that he (the homeowner) walked by his bedroom, where he and his wife had earlier put their daughter to sleep. The bedroom light was on and the door was open.

Inside the room, the man saw Kinchen lying next to his daughther, whose "nightgown was pulled up" to reveal her "stomach and underwear," according to the complaint. After the Airbnb owner "yelled at [Kinchen]," Kinchen "grabbed his suitcoat and wallet and fled the home." 

Kinchen was tracked to a neighbor's "partially covered fishing boat," where he was found wearing the suitcoat and nothing else. 

In a subsequent interview with police, the girl spoke of Kinchen entering her room and whispering something to her, and said she felt like he "wanted her to keep a secret from her mom and dad." She also said Kinchen "pulled down [her] underwear," and "thought [Kinchen] wanted her to touch [his penis]."

The charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum penalty of up to a 25 year-sentence and/or a $35,000 fine.

UDPATE: In response to the charges filed against Kinchen, Airbnb released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

"The reported abhorrent behavior has no place on Airbnb and we will not tolerate it. We are focused on providing our host family with our full support, we are working with the local police to ensure they have our assistance, and we banned this user from our community. Keeping our community safe is the most important thing we do. None of our hosts should ever have to deal with anything like this."