Man Charged In Kid-Hitting Robbery

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — St. Paul Police say they’ve arrested a man they believe tried to rob a convenience store at gunpoint, striking a child in the process.

Andrew Kenneth Nickles, 26, was arrested Thursday evening. Police say they think he was the man who attempted to rob the Corner Express Foods convenience store on the 1600 block of East Seventh Street on March 7.

As of Friday evening, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office charged Nickles with one count of attempted aggravated robbery. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $17,500.

Surveillance video showed a man investigators say was Nickles approaching the cashier’s counter where two children were standing as their mother shopped.

Within inches of the children, the man in the surveillance video pulled a gun and pointed it at the store employee, striking one of the children in the head with his elbow in the process. She did not end up needing medical attention.

Video showed the suspect demanding money, threatening the store employee, crawling over the counter, grabbing the employee and trying to reach for the money in the cash register.

According to a criminal complaint, Nickles told the cashier: ” Just give me the money — I won’t hurt you.”

But the cashier grabbed his own handgun and pointed it at Nickles, telling him to leave. Nickles then slid back over the counter — failing to have stolen any money — and walked over to an ATM where a woman and some small children were standing.

Fearing Nickles might rob the woman, the cashier fired a shot into the floor. Nickles then ran and fled in a two-door gray Ford car.

Police shared the video images with the public earlier this week in an attempt to locate the perpetrator.

On Wednesday, investigators arrested Nickles during a traffic stop in the Lake Elmo area.

  • desert eagle .50

    The doosh left at least in part because the store owner pulled his own gun. Store owner should have shot him. For a “nickle” I would have.

    I am being specific.

  • lost causes r us

    He was doing a collection for the new Vikings stadium.

  • Jay

    WHY would the employee let this robber go??? How frickin stupid!!! He had him in a spot and should have called the cops.

  • Mr. Obvious

    LaQuanda disagree’s.

    • jackactionhero

      There is no situation in the English language in which “disagree’s” is a word.

  • Jon

    He let him go because the liability is too great in our fine state. We need tougher protection for self defense.

    • jackactionhero

      There is no liability issue here, Jon. He could have shot the perpetrator so many times that he died of lead poisoning before ever hitting the floor, and he would not have been charged with a crime.

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