Oak Grove man accused of robbing Andover man with a rifle

An 18-year-old Oak Grove man was charged Oct. 22 by the Anoka County Attorney’s Office with felony first-degree aggravated robbery.

According to the criminal complaint, Anthony Michael Nehmzow, 18626 Cedar Drive N.W., has been accused of pointing a hunting rifle at another man.

A 58-year-old Andover man called police to his home at 9:25 p.m. Oct. 19. He reported that he had arrived home and was unloading items from his pick-up truck to his garage when he heard his dog barking. He turned around to find a man standing 15 feet away pointing a hunting rifle at him, according to the complaint.

The man with the rifle was allegedly wearing a red bandana on his face and a dark colored sweatshirt. He demanded money. When the victim tried to hand over his wallet, the robber only asked for cash. Approximately $30 was handed over. The robber allegedly said “thanks” and ran off.

After further investigation, authorities believed Nehmzow was the suspect. A search warrant was executed at 2:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at Nehmzow’s.

According to the complaint, officers found several suspicious items in his closet including a red bandana tied as if it had been used as a mask, a dark blue thermal shirt with apparent sweat marks and thistles on it and a pair of jeans that were dirty and wet around the ankles.

A green nylon long gun case had no dust on it although it was on top of several very dusty items, according to the complaint.

A rifle matching the description of the one used in the robbery was allegedly recovered later that day next to a shed on another Andover property. The location where the rifle was recovered was one street east of the victim’s residence and almost kitty-corner from his rear yard, according to the complaint.

Footprints matching Nehmzow’s shoes were allegedly found behind his home and tracked near the Andover man’s residence.

In a post-Miranda statement, Nehmzow alleged he had been home asleep at the time of the robbery.

But his mother allegedly gave a statement to law enforcement that he was not at home at the time the robbery happened.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]

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