Rochester Man Pleads Guilty For Brandishing Knife During Robbery
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester man has entered a guilty plea to a felony assault charge stemming from an incident involving a knife and a local business in June.
23-year-old Shawn Turner admitted to a second-degree assault charge through a plea agreement that calls for the dismissal of a first-degree aggravated robbery charge and a misdemeanor theft charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced in September.
Turner was accused of stealing an item from a store and threatening the clerk with a knife. The criminal complaint says Rochester police responded to the southeast Rochester business the evening of June 6 to investigate a report of a robbery. The store clerk told the officers a man entered the store and took an empty laser-level display case without paying for it.
According to the court document, Turner pulled out a pocketknife and threatened to stab the clerk when he was confronted about the alleged theft. The officers located Turner at a nearby store a short time later and he was arrested without incident.