A man has been charged with two felonies in connection with the robbery at the Payless Shoe Source store in Coon Rapids Jan. 5.
The Anoka County Attorney’s Office yesterday (Thursday, Jan. 10) filed two aggravated robbery charges, one first degree and the other second degree, against Peter Christopher Nunn, 42, Fridley.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Nunn, who is presently in the Scott County Jail after being charged in connection with the armed robbery of the Famous Footwear store in Shakopee Jan. 7. He is being held on $800,000 bail.
The evening of Jan. 5, Coon Rapids Police responded to a robbery report from the Payless store at 8510 Springbrook Dr. to find two employees inside a bathroom which had been barricaded by a cart preventing them from opening the door.
A perimeter was set up by police, canine units were brought in, but no suspect was located.
According a statement by the store manager, she and a fellow employee were working together when a black male walked in, pulled a black handgun from the front pocket his sweatshirt so they could see it, then tucked it back into his pocket, telling both women to get behind the counter and empty the cash register.
After emptying the cash register, the store manager was told to open the safe and put the bank bag that was inside into a plastic Payless bag, then the women were told to get into the bathroom and lock the door.
After they did so, they heard the man push something in front of the door, then they heard door dinger go off, and assuming the robber had left, the store manager hit multiple holdup alarms located on her person and the bathroom wall, according to the complaint.
Both women gave a description of the suspect to police.
Jan. 7, Coon Rapids Police Det. David Westberg, who was investigating the Payless robbery, received information from Shakopee Police Department about a similar robbery at the Famous Footwear in that city which resulted in the arrest of a black male with a handgun following a pursuit involving multiple law enforcement agencies.
Inside the man’s vehicle, police located a receipt for the purchase of an air-soft type handgun and the original store from the Wal-Mart at 8450 University Ave. N.E., Fridley, which is located about .3 miles from the Coon Rapids Payless store, according to the complaint.
Westberg sent a composite picture of the Payless suspect prepared from the descriptions given by the two employees to the Shakopee Police Department and a detective investigating the Famous Footwear robbery contacted Westberg alleged the composite picture looked extremely similar to the person Shakopee had in custody, who had been identified as Nunn.
Westberg compiled a six-person photo line-up including Nunn to show to the two Payless employees Jan. 8.
One allegedly picked out Nunn as looking a lot like the man who robbed Payless, then when the photo lineup was shown to the other employee, she allegedly picked out Nunn as looking almost exactly like the suspect.
According to court records, Nunn has served prison time for multiple prior aggravated robbery convictions, dating back to 1996 when he was convicted on four counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and one of second-degree assault in Dakota County and was sentenced to 94 months in prison. That same year he pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree aggravated robbery in Hennepin County, for which he was sentenced to 60 months in prison, but given credit for time served.
In 2002, court records show Nunn was given consecutive 48-month prison sentences for aggravated robbery convictions in Hennepin, Dakota and Washington counties.
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