Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A Wisconsin man was robbed early Saturday in the downtown Rochester bar district.

Police say the 50-year-old had been in Dooley’s and went out for a smoke around 1:30 AM. Another man in the bar noticed the victim had “ a wad of money “and also went into the alley behind the bar and punched the victim. He also pointed a handgun at the man and demanded his wallet, which contained $400.

Anthony Hemphill - Olmsted County ADC
Anthony Hemphill - Olmsted County ADC

The man fled but a patrol officer later spotted him inside the Holiday store near St. Marys Hospital and took him into custody. The man was identified as 20-year-old Anthony Hemphill of Rochester, who is being held on robbery and assault charges.

Although he had possession of the victim’s debit card, Hemphill denied robbing the man. When told he was seen on surveillance video in the vicinity of the robbery he told investigators he “must have been sleepwalking.”

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