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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two men are facing aggravated robbery charges after police say they attacked a man with a stun gun during a Craigslist transaction.

Police say the incident occurred around 12:05 a.m. on Oct. 21 at the Burger King on 695 Seventh St. E. in St. Paul. A man said he was selling a Toshiba laptop on Craigslist and agreed to meet an interested buyer at the Burger King.

The buyer said he arrived in a blue SUV and parked next to the interested buyer, who identified himself as Dee Allen King. King, 33, of Minneapolis, looked at the laptop, told the buyer he would take it and left to go get the money.

When he returned, he was with another man, 36-year-old Ronald Lorenzo Sims. The victim told police Sims had a large object in his hand and attacked him with it. The victim said it felt like he had been zapped by electricity.

The two men, Sims and King, then allegedly stole the man’s computer, wallet and cell phone and fled in his SUV. The man went inside and asked the employees at Burger King to call police. He had two puncture wounds on his forearm and was bleeding from the incident.

The man said Sims was the one that used the weapon on him and King stole his belongings when he was being assaulted.

Officers stopped a vehicle matching the victim’s SUV description at Seventh Street and Leech Street. They searched the vehicle and found a one-million volt stun gun — a black Zap Baton that was hidden in the third row of seats.

None of the victim’s personal items were recovered.

Sims and King were arrested. Police say Sims has an auto theft conviction from Illinois and a federal drug conviction from Minnesota. He is still on parole from that charge. King has a prior felony theft conviction and a federal bank robbery conviction.

Both were charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery.

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