Rochester woman acquitted of burglary and assault in custody dispute


ALBERT LEA, Minn. – A woman accused of taking two children at gunpoint in a custody dispute has been acquitted.

33-year-old Benita Nicole Crum of Rochester was arrested on March 31 and charged with two counts of 1st degree burglary and two counts of 5th degree assault.  Albert Lea police said she and 35-year-old Jessie Crum entered a home in the 600 block of Ruble Avenue with a gun, threatened the people inside and forced two children to leave with them.

Jessie Crum
Jessie Crum

A Freeborn County jury on Thursday found Benita Crum not guilty on all counts.

Jessie Crum is still scheduled to stand trial in January on charges of 1st degree burglary, aiding and abetting 1st degree burglary, 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapons and ineligible person in possession of a firearm.

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