March 18, 2020 (MINNEAPOLIS) The Minneapolis Police Department was notified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office that the victim in the February 15, 2020 stabbing has died and it is ruled a homicide.
The victim was identified as Pauline Hollman, 58 years of age. The M.E. further stated that Hollman died of complications of sharp force injuries and the manner of death is homicide.
Minneapolis Police Department’s investigation yields that on February 15, 2020, officers from MPD were dispatched to an apartment on 600 block of South 9th Street in regard to a stabbing. The 911 caller stated someone broke into his apartment and stabbed his girlfriend. Officers arrived and spoke with a male, later identified as Cloutier, Michael Phillip, opened the security door for officers. Cloutier denied calling 911. Officers had to physically push past Cloutier to get to the location of the 911 report of a person stabbed. Officers arrived to the locked apartment and Cloutier indicated he would let the officers into the apartment and then opened the door with a key. Upon entry officers noted blood everywhere and a known adult female, Hollman, lying on an air mattress with a large pool of blood near her head. Defendant became upset and combative and was taken into custody. Officers noted blood on his clothing.
Hollman was treated for a stab wound to the neck. Officers and paramedics noted that most of the blood found was congealed or dried indicating Hollman had been left untreated for several hours. Hollman was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in critical condition where she underwent emergency surgery.
Cloutier was interviewed by homicide detectives. In a post-Miranda statement, Cloutier admitted to stabbing Hollman. Cloutier was book and charged with two counts of Assault in the First Degree. He has been held in the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center.
With the death of Hollman, homicide detectives have sent in amended charge papers voiding the assault charges and replacing them with homicide.
This marks the city’s 8th homicide of 2020. The GO number associated with this case is 20-042016.