Police arrest suspect in Sunday morning robberyA tip from a passerby helped Superior police capture a man believed to be involved in a strong-arm robbery Sunday morning.
A tip from a passerby helped Superior police capture a man believed to be involved in a strong-arm robbery Sunday morning.
At about 6:46 a.m. Monday, officers responded to an area near Hammond Avenue on Broadway Street where a citizen reported seeing a blue Lumina with missing hubcaps on the driver’s side.
Sunday, police reported the vehicle was possibly used by a suspect in a strong-arm robbery in Superior in which an 84-year-old woman was punched in the face when she answered a knock on her door.
When officers arrived on the scene, the vehicle was occupied by a single person and was driving away. The vehicle began to accelerate quickly when approached by a marked police car, according to Chief Deputy Nicholas Alexander. A short pursuit followed and the suspect vehicle struck two parked cars before colliding into the TLK Industries building, 902 Ogden Ave. This suspect vehicle was later determined to be a stolen auto out of Duluth.
The TLK building sustained minor damage. All vehicles involved sustained moderate to significant damage.
The driver of the suspect vehicle was identified as a 47-year-old man with a last known address in Duluth.
The man was wearing clothing consistent with what the suspect from the strong-armed robbery. In addition, his physical characteristics also were a match for the description of the suspect, Alexander said in a prepared statement.
The man sustained minor injuries to his face from the collisions. He was treated and released at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth and is being held at the Douglas County Jail on charges of knowingly fleeing an officer, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, robbery, burglary, substantial battery, operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.
No charges have been filed in court against the man, according to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.
Property located in the vehicle he was driving links him to the robbery incident as well as other recent criminal activity within the city.
Multiple tips were received including the one that lead to an arrest.
The victim is resting and recovering.
According to a news release issued Sunday by Superior Police Sgt. John Nowicki, the woman, 84, answered a knock on her door around 6:30 a.m. When she opened the door, a man punched her in the face, knocking her to the floor. The suspect entered her home and demanded cash. The woman provided what cash she had. The suspect then searched her home looking for other items to steal. He took some other small items and left the building. The woman was treated at an area hospital.