Man injured in Coon Rapids armed robbery

A 21-year-old man was treated at the hospital for injuries following an armed robbery attempt in Coon Rapids Sunday evening.

Shortly before 8 p.m. July 21, Coon Rapids Police received a call from Mercy Hospital about a patient in the emergency room who reported being robbed.

According to the victim’s account, he was walking to CVS Pharmacy on Coon Rapids Boulevard from his home in the area of Coon Rapids Boulevard and Jay Street when he was grabbed from behind.

One of the two males – he did not recognize either of them – went through his pockets, while the other brandished a handgun, the victim told police.

When it became apparent they were not going to get anything, the suspect with the gun struck him in the head with it, then fired two shots, which the victim said he assumed were meant to scare him.

Both suspects fled on foot westbound on Coon Rapids Boulevard.

At the hospital, the man was treated for a cut to his forehead and had two stitches placed in his scalp.

According to the police report, the victim said the incident took place north of Coon Rapids Boulevard in the area of Jay Street, but when police searched the area, they found no shell casings.

The suspect with the gun was described as a black male, 18 to 20 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches tall, thin build with a short buzz hair cut, small beard and a tattoo on his chest.

He was wearing a dark colored muscle shirt and blue jeans.

The suspect without the gun was described as a black male, 18 to 20 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, skinny with no facial hair or tattoos but with dreadlocks.

He was wearing a plain white T-shirt and basketball shorts.

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

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