A man accused of robbing the White Bear Bar in White Bear Lake early Saturday and firing a shot that wounded a patron has been charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and second-degree assault.
Tyice A. Phillips, 33, of St. Paul, is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. According to the complaint filed Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court:
White Bear Lake police were sent to the bar at 2135 4th St. just before 2 a.m. Saturday, where they found one man with a bullet wound to his thigh and another with a cut hand.
A bar employee said that a man wearing a colorful ski mask and holding a long-barreled revolver had ordered everyone in the bar to "get down," the complaint said. Another employee said the robber pointed a gun at her head and demanded that she open the safe. A second man wearing a ski mask and holding a gun stood nearby, the employee said.
One of the customers told police that he had grabbed the barrel of the revolver and pushed it toward the floor. The robber pulled the trigger and the bullet ricocheted off the floor, wounding another customer.
The men fled with four bank bags filled with cash and bar receipts. A customer saw them get into a black BMW, in which a third man was waiting.
Police followed the BMW to the parking lot of a nearby apartment building. Three men jumped out and fled on foot, the complaint said. Inside, police found several bank bags, gloves and ski masks. About 15 feet away, police found a .40-caliber handgun. Later they found the long-barreled revolver in the snow.
Phillips was arrested after he was found about 1.5 miles from the BMW. Cash and bar receipts were found in his pockets, the complaint said.
Phillips has been convicted for aggravated robbery, burglary, assault and kidnaping in 1996, 2000 and 2006.
Police are trying to determine the identities of the others involved in the robbery. More arrests are possible.