CARVER, Minn. (WCCO) – A 27-year-old Blaine man is accused of robbing gas station in Mayer at gunpoint on Saturday and injuring a store clerk, according to charges filed Tuesday in Carver County Court.

Demetrius Charles Edward Derden was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with the incident.

According to a criminal complaint, Derden entered the Mayer Oil Company gas station on the 300 block of Ash Avenue North in Mayer at 8:39 p.m. Saturday. He had an umbrella in one hand to hide his face from surveillance video and a gun in the other hand. Derden walked behind the counter and pointed the hand gun at the clerk. He then put a bag on a stool and demanded cash from the clerk.

The clerk opened a safe and handed money to Derden, the complaint states. The clerk then told Derden he didn’t have the combination to unlock the upper safe, and Derden placed the barrel of his gun against the back of the clerk’s neck and told him “You better remember, your life depends on it.”

According to the complaint, the clerk then heard a “click” sound come from the gun and believed that the gun was emptied, so he turned around and started to stand up. Derden pushed the clerk back down and hit the clerk on the side of his head with the barrel of the gun.

The clerk later told authorities he then began to “fight for his life.” A struggle between the two ensued and Derden bit the clerk’s finger and struck the clerk with the gun. The clerk managed to punch Derden in the groin, head butt him, wrestle the gun away and strike him in the head with the gun, the complaint states.

Derden eventually got into a car and fled the scene after the clerk was able to pull a mask off his face. A customer getting gas found the store clerk bloodied on the floor behind the counter. The clerk had suffered injuries to his face, finger, head and body, including a deep cut on his head that went all the way down to his skull, requiring stitches.

Derden was eventually identified as a check card in his name was found at the scene. The photo on his driver’s license was also matched with surveillance video.

If convicted on both charges, Derden faces up to 27 years in prison and $49,000 in fines. According to court documents, Derden also has a criminal past including theft, receiving a stolen firearm, first-degree aggravated robbery and simple robbery.

Comments (15)
  1. Todd Kinkel says:

    What’s so funny Mr Robber guy?

  2. mark says:

    WTG Minnesota Court Sysytem, Hey WCCO a great story would be to what this guy got for his last crimes. That would open allot of eyes

    1. Perps abound says:

      So how much ya wanna snowballs of course to remain legal …. that he gets more time for a camera than Amy Senser gets for taking a life ?
      BTW…and funny but I did not see any reference here (wink-wink and wonders why? lol) that Ms Amy Senser again received another postponement until mid-January, 2012 on her hearing. And that good ol’ Judge Peterson also has a cease order on any civil gathering of info until after the criminal is done….. imagine that now. A life is not worth a damn thing evidently unless it is white, rich, well connected it seems. Way to go Judicial System and political schmucks…. your true colors are showing up well. 😉
      She deserves jail time like everyone else and Judge Peterson needs to friggen go. Didn’t realize he could be had so easy…….sad

  3. Beb says:

    put him where he belongs-WITH THE BIG ELM’OS IN PRISON

    1. jackactionhero says:

      You’ve seen too many movies and you obviously have no clue what prison is like. How completely ignorant of you.

  4. SEE YA! says:

    What’s this idiot smiling about? Proud to be caught and arrested?

    1. Rags says:

      Proud of his family history. Demetrius comes from a long line of robbers.

  5. jackactionhero says:

    I vote instead of 27 years in prison, we give the store clerk 27 more minutes with this piece of black trash to finish what he started.

  6. Mikey says:

    What an idiot – you brought your debit card to a robbery? “Gimme all your money! Oh, and then I’ll take a pack of Newports and a box of Milk Duds. Debit, please.”

    Smooth move, genius.

  7. just sayin says:

    @Mikey LOL!!!!!

    I say we put some velcro on the ceiling!

  8. Scrooge says:

    as Forrest Gump said “stupid is as stupid does”

  9. slam and hot dam says:

    ready for his pooper packing…all giggy about it

  10. Spookamous Dumbachit says:

    What a stupid lookin’ spook. Ain’t diversity great?!

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