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Police arrest suspect in armed robbery

December 27, 2017 GMT

Authorities have made an arrest in connection with an armed robbery last week in what was called “an open, active investigation.”

Dushawn Lee Minor, 21, of Rochester, was arrested Sunday evening at his home.

Police believe he may have played a role in the Dec. 18 robbery of Sun Tan City, where an employee was pistol-whipped and her husband was carjacked in the parking lot.

Minor was “checked out that night in the area of the robbery” near a car that matched the description of one used in other recent robberies, said Lt. Bruce Sheridan of the Rochester Police Department, but declined to provide further details.

Rochester police responded about 10:40 p.m. that night to an alarm at Sun Tan City, 3437 22nd Ave. NW.

The 24-year-old employee was closing the business as her husband waited for her in the parking lot when both were “rushed” by armed men, said Capt. John Sherwin.

One suspect held the husband at gunpoint in his vehicle; two other men forced the woman back into the store — which had been locked, and the alarm set — and ordered her to open the safe, the report says.

At least one of those men also had a gun, Sherwin said.

Within a minute, an audible alarm sounded inside the business, prompting the suspects to run. They forced the husband out of the car at gunpoint and fled, the report says.

Responding officers started a police dog track from the business, which led to a maroon Pontiac G6 — the same vehicle described by witnesses of an armed robbery Dec. 9 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites.

The Pontiac was found in the 3500 block of 21st Avenue Northwest, about a block away from Sun Tan City. The victims’ vehicle was found another block away, on 20th Avenue.