Guilty plea to armed robbery in parking lot

Two men charged in Anoka County District Court after a woman was robbed a gunpoint in August 2012 have each pleaded guilty to a felony charge.

Antonio Maurice Hughes, 19, St. Paul, entered a guilty plea July 30 as charged to first-degree aggravated robbery and will be sentenced Sept. 9. Following his plea, Hughes was released on his own recognizance.

In a plea agreement in June, co-defendant Terrence Dontreal Daniels, 21, St. Paul, who had also originally been charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, entered a guilty plea to a felony theft charge and was placed on probation for five years, given credit for four days spent in jail and ordered to perform 30 hours of community service work.

Probation conditions included a chemical dependency evaluation, random urinalysis and breath testing on demand at his own expense, supply of a DNA sample, no use of mood-altering chemicals or alcohol, no use or possession of firearms and no contact with the victim.

A 17-year-old female was referred to Anoka County Juvenile Court on the same robbery charge.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Aug. 24, 2012, a woman, 20, was with her friend, 17, in the parking lot outside Cub Foods in Village 10 Shopping Center in Coon Rapids when a man pulled a gun and took her money, according to the complaint.

The suspect was with another male and a female and left in a car.

The two women were able to provide police with a description and license plate number of the vehicle.

A Coon Rapids Police officer, arriving in response to the robbery call, spotted the suspect vehicle at Hanson Boulevard and Robinson Drive. He then followed as it entered eastbound Highway 10.

Police executed a traffic stop prior to the Highway 65 exit and two males, identified as Hughes and Daniels, as well as the female were removed from the vehicle. A black handgun was located in plain sight on the floor of the vehicle, according to the complaint.

Both the women were taken to the arrest scene and allegedly positively identified the three people in the vehicle as being involved in the robbery and Hughes as the man with the gun.

In a statement to an Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation detective, the woman stated she had made arrangements to meet with a “Tim” in the Cub Foods parking lot to buy a bag of marijuana for $20, and she and her friend met with two unknown males and a female.

One of the males, identified as Daniels, got in the back seat of the woman’s car. They drove around and she gave him $20, but he said he did not have the marijuana; his friend did.

Back at the parking lot, the woman said that Daniels got out of her car and Hughes got in, pulled a black revolver handgun and told her to give him all her money.

Hughes took all her money, about $436, then got out of her car. She said she tried to stop him, but they drove away.

In her statement, the girl who was with the woman said she did not know her friend was meeting people when they stopped at the Cub Foods parking lot.

She told police that when Hughes got into the car she was not paying attention to what he and her friend were talking about, but when she turned around she saw the man lift his shirt and display a handgun tucked into his waistband, at which point she turned away, scared.

In a statement, the 17-year-old girl who was arrested said that she went with Hughes and Daniels to Coon Rapids to meet some people and get some marijuana with the intent of taking it and not paying for it.

She said Daniels and Hughes met with two females in the Cub Foods parking lot and the two drove off with Daniels in the back seat before returning at which Daniels time exited the car and Hughes got in the back seat. She said that when Hughes got out of the car, he was arguing with the woman driver and pulled out a handgun.

According to the complaint, besides the handgun, several mobile phones and a bag of what is believed to be marijuana were found.

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

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