Man charged in connection to SLP drug deal gone bad

The Anoka County Attorney’s Office has charged a 34-year-old Fridley man with two felony counts after a drug deal went bad in Spring Lake Park.

Justin Lyle Robb has been charged with simple robbery and third-degree assault for his role in an Aug. 24, 2012 assault that took place at Spring Lake Park Beach. His first court appearance is scheduled for May 23.

Spring Lake Park Police officers were called to Unity Hospital Aug. 24 to talk with a 20-year-old man who had facial injuries, including a broken nose and eye socket.

According to man, he set up a deal to purchase marijuana at Spring Lake Park Beach.

When he arrived two white men were waiting for him, one of whom grabbed the victim from behind and restrained him while the other man, later identified as Robb, allegedly hit him in the head and face.

Robb allegedly then went to the victim’s car and took out a safe. The victim was ordered to open the safe, which he did, and the two men took the $2,000 that had been in the safe, the complaint alleges.

The telephone number the victim used to set up the drug deal was given to the officers and it allegedly belonged to Robb.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

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