Blaine man sentenced in federal court for armed robbery

A 28-year-old Blaine man was sentenced Feb. 6 in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis to 14 years and two months in federal prison for robbing a convenience store in Mayer in December 2011.

Demetrius Charles Edward Derden had pleaded guilty Aug. 24, 2012 to one count of armed robbery. He had been indicted Jan. 10, 2012.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Derden stole $2,259 from the Mayer Oil Company while brandishing a BB gun during a Dec. 3, 2011 armed robbery.

When the clerk claimed to not know the combination of a backroom safe, Derden held the barrel of the gun against the clerk’s neck and threatened him, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A struggle ensued during which the clerk suffered injuries and Derden fled the store.

Authorities arrested Derden a few hours later at his residence and found some of the stolen money inside a stuffed animal. They learned at that time that the weapon used during the robbery was a BB gun.

The case was investigated by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]

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