Two men charged for weekend robbery

Officers discovered a pellet gun behind the left rear tire of a mini-van after stopping the suspects.

Megan Nicolai

Two men were charged Wednesday in connection with a weekend armed robbery on eighth Street Southeast.

Abdulkadir Ahmed Farah-Hassan, 18, was charged with aggravated robbery of a person for a robbery on Sunday. If convicted, he could serve up to 10 years and face a fine of up to $17,500.

Tarambi Abdi Dahir, also 18, was charged with attempted simple robbery, which could carry a sentence of up to five years and a $10,000 fine if he is convicted.

The third suspect in the incident denied being involved and was released, according to the police report.

On Sunday, police received a call about an armed robbery at 728 Eighth Ave. Southeast.

The victim stated that on his walk home, three men approached him from behind and asked for directions to the nearest McDonaldâÄôs.

The victim gave them directions, but the group continued to follow him until he reached his residence. At that point, Farah-Hassan pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his phone and wallet.

The victim began to hand his possessions, but backed into his triggering the motion sensors lights when he walked into his back yard. The suspects fled when the lights came on.

Moments before the robbery call came through police dispatch, a Minneapolis police officer stopped a group of three individuals at Ninth Avenue and Seventh Street Southeast.

The officer described the three as looking âÄòsuspicious.âÄô Minneapolis Police Sgt. Steve McCarty said any number of actions could have qualified as suspicious behavior and attracted the officerâÄôs attention.

âÄúThe time, the peopleâÄôs actions when they see the police, that sort of thing,âÄù McCarty said. âÄúItâÄôs not a finite sort of thing, itâÄôs just a sense or a feeling, thereâÄôs several factors involved.âÄù

The officer realized the three matched the description of the robbery suspects, and held them until additional officers could arrive.

The victim of the robbery identified all three suspects.

McCarty said the officerâÄôs ability to catch the suspects was likely due to the increased patrols by Minneapolis police after an unusually high rate of robberies in October.

âÄúPretty good job by the cop, I think,âÄù McCarty said.

Officers discovered a pellet gun behind the left rear tire of a mini-van parked nearby after a search of the area.

The three suspects were booked into Hennepin County Jail on aggravated robbery of person charges. Farah-HassanâÄôs bail has been set at $100,000 and DahirâÄôs at $40,000.