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

Sonya Sylos in her apartment.
Sonya Sylos in her apartment.
KSTP screengrab

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.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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