PINE CITY (WCCO) – Police have arrested a man in connection with an attempted home invasion and burglary that happened early last week.
According to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office, officers arrested 26-year-old Darren Allen Dexter, of Forest Lake, on Monday.
The robbery attempt happened on the 500 block of 5th Avenue South in Pine City on Feb. 6. Police said two armed men confronted two apartment building residents and demanded money.
The suspects fled after a witness yelled they were calling 911.
According to the criminal complaint, witnesses identified one of the two as Dexter, who was acquainted with the intended victims.
The complaint says one of the two used to live in a halfway house with Dexter a few years ago, and they had recently become reacquainted on Facebook.
The intended victims told investigators they believed they had been targeted because one of the two had just received a student loan for $10,000.
Dexter is currently being held on $150,000 bail without conditions, or $75,000 with conditions.