Charge in armed robbery in Spring Lake Park

A man has been charged in Anoka County District Court in connection with the June 18 armed robbery of a Spring Lake Park business.

David Charles Larson, 45, Eagan, was arraigned in court June 21 on a felony second-degree aggravated robbery charge.

Bail was set at $50,000 and Larson is due back in court July 17.

In the early afternoon of June 18, Spring Lake Park Police responded to a robbery report from Once Upon A Child, 8151 University Ave. NE.

According to the complaint, a white male threatened to stab an employee with a knife unless she handed over money.

Once she opened the cash register, the suspect allegedly went around the counter and took $300 to $400 in cash from the register before fleeing.

A witness buying and selling clothes at the store allegedly heard the robber tell the employee that he had a knife and wanted the money, then add, “I mean it.”

And when the witness tried to use her cellphone to call police, she alleged that the robber told her that he was not fooling when he said he had a knife.

But the witness followed the robber out of the store, saw him get into a red pickup truck and yelled for someone to get the license plate number, which was done.

The witness also provided police with a description of the robber and video surveillance inside the store also showed the incident and the suspect, according to the complaint.

Detective Joe Antoine, Spring Lake Park Police, contacted police in the city where the truck was registered and received information that the suspect could be Larson. When he sent out a tri-county alert, a Blaine Police detective also identified the suspect as Larson, the complaint alleges.

When Antoine compared a Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicle photo of Larson with the surveillance video of the robber, it was allegedly the same man.

In a post-Miranda statement following his arrest, Larson allegedly admitted committing the robbery at Once Upon A Child.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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