MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two men have been charged in connection with an attempted robbery at gunpoint in the University of Minnesota area.
According to the criminal complaint, Abdulkadir Ahmed Farah-Hassan and Tarambi Abdi Dahir, both 28, were arrested on Nov. 6 along with a third person.
Police said they were called to the 700 block of 8th Avenue Southeast on report of a robbery.
The criminal complaint says the victim was walking in the area when three men approached him, asking for directions to McDonald’s. They followed the victim and asked for directions multiple times.
Eventually, once the victim arrived at his residence, one of the men, later identified as Farah-Hassan, pulled out a gun and demanded the victim’s wallet and phone.
A motion-sensor light switched on and the three fled. The victim called police.
An officer in the area stopped the three near 9th Avenue and 7th Street Southeast. They were taken into custody.
A pellet gun was found nearby.
Farah-Hassan was charged with first-degree attempted aggravated robbery, and Dahir was charged with attempted simple robbery.
The arrests happened amid stepped-up patrols in the University of Minnesota area, due to an increase in the number of robbery calls there.