Man charged after pizza, cell phone robbery

Published 10:49 am Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Rochester man has been charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly striking a man in the head and making off with his pizza and cell phone.

Ashweel Acuil Metha Majok, 19, faces a single felony count of aggravated robbery, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or $35,000 in fines.

His bail was set at $70,000 or $10,000 conditional.

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According to the criminal complaint, police responded to 105 Second St. S.E. on reports of a robbery and assault involving a local man. The victim, age 43, said he’d fallen after being struck in back of head while walking up his driveway.

As he got up, he noticed a suspect fleeing the area, and saw that his pizza and cell phone were gone, the complaint states. A witness, who was standing in his adjacent backyard, allegedly said he saw the offense, and corroborated the victim’s story.

The witness identified the man as Majok, whom he said he knew from work. The defendant was apprehended by police in the Austin High School south parking lot and taken back to the scene. The complaint said police located several pieces of pizza and the victim’s cell phone in the driveway.

Majok denied involvement, according to the complaint, stating that he was en route to his sister’s home, and had met up with a friend, who he couldn’t identify.

He allegedly told police that he’d left work between 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., went to a friend’s home and consumed a couple of beers. The complaint said he couldn’t name the friend or the friend’s address.

Majok’s first appearance is Aug. 21.