ROCHESTER, Minn. – Two trials are now scheduled for a former fugitive.
Police began searching for Michael Martin Cozik, 31 of Rochester, on May 16 after they say he choked and strangled a woman several times. Officers were called to the 100 block of North Broadway Avenue and were told by the victim that Cozik threatened to kill her as she was blacking out. She also told police Cozik trapped her in the apartment and pulled the phone out of the wall.
A search began and Rochester police finally caught Cozik on May 23. According to court documents, officers with the Criminal Interdiction Unit saw Cozik in the area of Slatterly Park and starting chasing him on foot. During the pursuit, police say Cozik jumped up on a wooden deck in the 800 block of 11th Avenue SE and tried to force his way into the home. When he couldn’t get in, Cozik reportedly ran away again and was eventually found standing on the roof of a nearby garage, where he was ordered to come down and was arrested.
Cozik is now set to stand trial on July 23 for 1st degree attempted burglary for trying to force his way into the house on May 23. A trial for domestic assault by strangulation and false imprisonment for the May 16 incident is due to start on August 27.