BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) – A 34-year-old Bloomington man has been charged by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for robbing three women in Bloomington and Edina in December.

Tony Antoinne Benjamin was charged with three counts of aggravated robbery and one count of kidnapping in connection with the incidents. He was already booked in the Scott County Jail on an unrelated offense.

According to a criminal complaint, Benjamin approached a woman on the night of Dec. 6 who was walking from the Southdale Mall in Edina to her car in the parking lot. He approached her, told her he had a gun and was going to rob her. He forced her into the passenger seat of her car, tied her hands with zip ties and took her purse.

Benjamin then drove her to an ATM machine and demanded her PIN number to take money from her account. When he was unsuccessful at that, he drove her back to the mall and told her not to go anywhere for at least 15 minutes, according to the complaint. The woman then drove home and contacted police.

Benjamin was also charged with a Dec. 5 robbery at a Bloomington grocery store where he followed a woman from the store to her home. When she got home and out of her car, he pointed a gun at her and demanded her purse. Authorities eventually recovered the purse, but all the money inside was gone, according to the complaint.

On Dec. 8, Benjamin grabbed a woman as she got to her car after leaving a coffee shop. He pointed a gun at her neck and demanded her purse. The woman struggled with Benjamin, but he eventually got the purse and fled the scene.

Benjamin later admitted to police that he committed all three robberies, but told police he never had a gun and just had a piece of metal that was shaped like a gun.

If convicted, Benjamin faces up to 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine on each robbery charge.

Comments (10)
  1. Booker T says:

    3 women, huh? Nice work, tough guy. Too much of a pvssy to pick a fight with a guy, huh? And the women were even too much, so you had to use a gun. What a loser…..

  2. Bob says:

    I’m shocked they put up his picture, they normally only do that if the perp. is white.

  3. Kevin says:

    Diversity runs through Edina…..Oh I love the smell of diversity in the morning!

  4. Brett says:

    What — no rap sheet on this guy? Throw away the key on him.

  5. Fabuladico says:

    When I was growing up, Edina was pretty exclusive. Rich folks lived there and nothing ever happened. I had to go to Fairview Southdale Emergency recently and was shocked to see the nurses station iincased in bulletproof glass. My first thought was what the hell happened in Edina? A nurse explained to me that Edina has changed considerably since it became more diverse racially. My great grandfather was one of Edina’s pioneers. If he were alive to see what his little community has become he’d never believe it. Who would have thought that Edina would be a dangerous place to live, work, and shop?

  6. Dave says:

    Fabuladico, it sounds like your grandfather would be very proud to see how diverse Edina has now become. Thats awesome!

  7. Atzy says:

    I am writing this because i am one of the robbery victims from Savage. This loser has a very long criminal history and i am happy he will be going away for a very long time. He is a predator!!!!!!

  8. Caroline says:

    I was watching the news last night and saw this. I believe this is the same man that kidnapped/robbed me while I was nine months pregnant. Contactied police last night, Waiting to hear back from detective on my case.

  9. MP40C says:

    He was taking grave yard chances robbing these women. MN is a carry state and its only a matter of time before those who choose to victimize others become victims themselves.

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