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Continued: Charges: St. Paul robber agreed not to steal pie fixings

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 15, 2013 - 9:59 PM

On July 4, Roseville police searched Armstrong’s Snelling Avenue apartment in St. Paul and recovered the shirt and the traffic vest he wore at the time of the carjacking.

Armstrong’s criminal history in Minnesota includes convictions spanning 1993 to 2010 for theft, cocaine possession, drug dealing, domestic assault and credit card fraud.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

 

A gunman posing as a shopping cart shagger carjacked a couple leaving a Roseville grocery store and robbed them of credit cards, cash, identification and most — but not all — of their groceries.

But authorities says that longtime thief Jason L. Armstrong showed his sensitive side, allowing his victims to keep the makings of a Father’s Day pie.

Armstrong, 42, of St. Paul, is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and two counts of kidnapping. He remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.

St. Paul police also consider Armstrong “a person of interest” in robberies on June 8 and June 16 at the Kowalski’s on Grand Avenue, said Police Sgt. Paul Paulos.

According to the criminal complaint and police:

On June 14, after a couple loaded groceries outside the Roseville Cub Foods, Armstrong got in the back seat and put a .45-caliber pistol to the head of the woman passenger. He told them to drive to an ATM, but they said they didn’t know the codes. Armstrong took the man’s wallet, but not before the man removed several hundred dollars.

Armstrong ordered them to drive to N. Snelling and Thomas avenues in St. Paul. As they drove along, “the couple spoke to the man about God’s plan, and he seemed to calm down,” the complaint reads.

When they stopped, Armstrong asked for the couple’s groceries. The woman agreed but said she wanted to keep the pie crust and strawberries so she could make a pie for Father’s Day.

Authorities caught up with Armstrong on July 3, when St. Paul police were called to a burglary in the 1200 block of W. James Avenue. Armstrong climbed onto the roof to evade officers. After several hours, Armstrong surrendered.

Armstrong’s criminal history in Minnesota includes numerous convictions between 1993 and 2010.

 

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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