SAVAGE, Minn. (WCCO) – A 34-year-old Bloomington man is accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint, then using her credit card to get gas, according to charges filed Friday in Scott County Court.

Tony Antoine Benjamin was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery in connection with the incident.

According to a criminal complaint, Savage Police were dispatched to a silent alarm at 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 22 at the Mediacom building on Huntington Avenue. When authorities arrived, they spoke with a female store employee who appeared to be in a state of shock after the robbery.

She told police that at about 4:50 p.m., a black man entered the business and got behind the counter very quickly. The man told her it was a robbery and that if she wanted to live, she better not move, the complaint states.

The man took money out of the till, took the victim’s purse, cell phone and then left the scene. Authorities later pinged the victim’s cell phone and traced it to a gas station in Burnsville. The woman contacted her debit card company and learned that the card had been used for a $48.29 transaction at the Super America in Burnsville.

Surveillance video from the gas station led police to a dumpster there, where they found the victim’s purse, cell phone, wallet, driver’s license and other paperwork, according to the complaint.

The victim later identified the robber as Benjamin. He was arrested and booked into the Scott County Jail on Tuesday. It is also believed Benjamin may be responsible for the armed robbery at Southdale Mall earlier this month.

If convicted for the Savage armed robbery, Benjamin faces up to 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.

Comments (30)
  1. Guns-n-Roses says:

    ….Welcome to the jungle

  2. just a wild guess says:

    Faces up to 20 years in prison? Like that will ever happen.

  3. Murph says:

    Not exactly the brightest bulb on the tree! Isn’t there someplace where these idiots can learn how to THINK first and then realize it ain’t worth the risk?Why waste your first offense on such stupidity.Rob Fort Knox,most of us think Bush already did.But armed robbery for a gas fill up? Hey everyone gets robbed at the pump.But to commit armed in robbery in order to get robbed at the pump? 34 years old going on 50 when he get’s out,if he survives the vacation with the REAL bad guys.Forrest, tell ’em! “Stupid is ,as stupid does” !!

    1. Schenectady says:

      Hey Murph keep in mind that most of these crooks are about as smart as some of the commenters who show up on these threads (especially when the perpetrator is black).

      That might help put it in perspective.

      1. Kevin says:

        And Schenectady….you ever notice that 9 times out of 10 the thug is black? Or are you too busy at teh country club to keep up on issues today?

        1. @Kevin says:

          Shut up, Kevin.

      2. tool time says:

        Another tool heard from.

  4. rick perry says:

    The needle is lonely here in Texas!

  5. American Dream says:

    I’m guessing that old Cadillac Seville has a big tank!

    1. Haha!! says:

      Wow American Dream, your comment wasn’t anywhere near as clever as it was unfunny.. Bet the guys down at the bar got a chuckle out of it though. Then again, maybe it’s YOU they were laughing at.

      1. tool time says:

        No, I’m sure it’s you we are laughing at. Haha!!

  6. Kevin says:

    Another day in paradise….

  7. Pundit says:

    He was redistributing the wealth.

    It’s called socialism.

    1. Ahhh. says:

      I get it. Could you explain the difference between socialism and communism then?

      Or was your comment supposed to be inane?

  8. Bill Clintons Cigar says:

    I love the smell of diversity in the morning!

  9. Shawn says:

    Those darn Swedes again.

  10. James 4:14 says:

    We should have picked our own damn cotton.

    1. ya couldn't says:

      naaaaaa …. you suckers woulda froze to death by now trying to figure out how to pluck it.
      Purty simple, kinda like chucking a white woman like yer wifey. Grab it, jam it in, turn it to side and pop it out. Easy does it our yer gonna tear it and ruin it for the lil’ ones to follow. We call ’em the seconders..they clean up after the chuckers all the time. lmao

      1. James 4:14 says:

        white guilt is mental illness

      2. Simple fact about black men with white women says:

        Chuck all those fugly fat white skanks you want, per usual – we’re hoping you keep it up…

  11. James 4:14 says:

    If black is beautiful, then I just s hit a masterpiece

  12. MNSUX says:

    I am so surprised by the race of the offender…NOT.

  13. mattbrat says:

    This is why I carry a .45 with me at all times. Just try it punk…

    1. mattrunt says:

      junior – I pack 11″ and that’s not even including no gun. lmao
      I suggest you pay some attention to yer momma cuz Ime and the boys do….and she’s lonely

      1. tool time says:

        Oh yeah we believe you. Another tool heard from.

      2. Yep - they are lucky like that says:

        …and fat, and fugly, and skanked. Have at it bro, and be sure to pop that big pimple on her pooper while you’re face is back there…

  14. Praying for a miracle says:

    I listen to people everyday saying there is no racism anymore. Maybe I should tell them to read some of these comments. You can’t blame a whole race for the actions of some. I pray to God that someday we will move beyond race and come together as one. The world is uniting against us and we can’t even get it together here at home. God help us please.

    1. you need a miracle says:

      Keep prayin. No racism here, only the truth. God help you, please.

  15. Wood eye! says:

    That guy has a false eye! He’ll be keepin’ an eye out for ya in jail… heh.

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