MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 42-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison in connection with the Feb. 10, 2011 armed robbery of a Minneapolis restaurant.

Charles Vincent Fletcher was sentenced in Minneapolis Federal Court Wednesday to 195 months in prison in connection with the incident. He was charged with interference of commerce by robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm on June 15, 2011, and pleaded guilty on Oct. 13, 2011.

Fletcher admitted entering the Erte Restaurant on Feb. 10, 2011, requesting to see a manager. He then pulled out a 9-millimeter pistol, forced two employees into an office and demanded money. There was no money available, so he then took a cordless phone, a wallet and a set of keys from the employees.

When authorities arrived to the scene, Fletcher dropped the wallet and the gun and fled the scene. He was arrested a short time later. Fletcher has previous felony convictions for third-degree burglary in Dakota County in 1997 and two felony convictions in Hennepin County for third-degree burglary in 2006.

Comments (14)
  1. Kevin says:

    sniff sniff I’m smelling this guys a$$.

    1. Stands with arope says:

      Worthless gur.

  2. X-Puffer says:

    Probably wanted to go back to prison. They really are bad at reform.
    The whole system is backwards and poorly managed.
    Glad this guy is locked up though. He got 6 times what Amy Sensor will get for a drunken mow-down.

    1. Amy Senser says:

      Totally not true 8 times 0 = ZERO

  3. Bert says:

    “Fletcher admitted entering the Erte Restaurant…”

    Erte? That’s the restaurant’s name? That is the real crime.

  4. wayne says:

    Re: X puffer. I am sure Amy well get what she deserves. And the three people that had a 9mm pointed in their faces are relieved that this moron is off the streets. Luckily he did not shoot anybody. Accidentally or otherwise.

  5. Kevin says:


  6. weird says:

    Glad he is geting 16 years, but what is wrong with this place cuz if you drink and or druged up and drive and hit someone you only get a slap on the wrist or almost nothing like under 10 come on! Not good!

    1. weird says:

      Hit and kill someone that is!

  7. Murph says:

    Not exactly the rap sheet of legends! At least he was smart enough to drop the gun ..or else the foot chase would have been a lot shorter and the crime spree done gone forever.He’ll get another try at it.Practice ,practice, practice! But the odds are not on his side! He shoulda went to the casino,the odds are bad,but not as bad as the road he took! Silly crooks shoulda went to law school like rich and getting much richer politicians.Man now those guys and gals ae the kings and queens of crooks! Hopefully we will one day vote ourselves a royal flush,this year we should flush the Republicans!.Four years from now? Anybodys bet,except Charlies felons can’t vote!

  8. Rufus Larkin says:

    Why did he keep the cordless phone?

    1. Murph says:

      Honey,don’t wait up for the cash ,but at least I got a phone to tell ya.Sorry,babe I forget to ask which car these keys fit. Aside from that that…..oh,oh!!!! Now he’s a Johnny Cash subject of song without the cash and the johnny has no plastic seat on it! Oh well there are only so many Capones and Dillingers to emulate.He’d have been a hit on The Gong Show! Instead of that he became,another ink spot on the blotter! If he had used his first offense wisely,sixteen years could have been sixteen months! I should start a school!

  9. Redneck Purist says:

    Bet he’ll regret that for about the next 16 years or so.

  10. Murph says:

    In requiem what is Erte Restaraunt?It’s been a while since I’ve eaten much but fish and game! City life sucks! Downtown? Uptown? Northside? suburbs? Just curious,not enough to go back to that jungle to look for it! BTW I have passed on more wild game than I have eaten.My grocery store is full and the price is really right! If the GOP takes over look me up I’ll show you how to eat well,avoid slave roundups and they can fill those slave labor REX 84 camps with people other than U and me! Good luck with your 4th Reich there GOP just don’t cross my deer trail if you know what’s good for ya!

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