Competency hearing ordered for robbery charge

A competency evaluation has been ordered by an Anoka County District Court judge for a man accused in the June 18 armed robbery of a Spring Lake Park business.

David Charles Larson, 45, Eagan, has been charged with felony second-degree aggravated robbery and remains in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The Rule 20 evaluation was ordered at a July 17 court hearing and will determine whether Larson knew right from wrong at the time of the alleged offense. His next court appearance has been set for Sept. 3.

The early afternoon of June 18, Spring Lake Park Police responded to a robbery report from Once Upon A Child, 8151 University Ave. NE, where a white male threatened to stab an employee with a knife unless she handed over money.

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

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

Peter Bodley is at
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