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Red Wing man arrested after robbing store with pellet gun

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Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

Red Wing Police arrested one man after an aggravated robbery of a convenience store Saturday night.

Christopher Marice Moore, 32, 1106 Bluff St. Apt. C, was booked into Goodhue County Jail just after midnight Sunday on one count first-degree aggravated robbery and two counts of fifth-degree assault.

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According to a court complaint filed Aug. 29, police were dispatched to One Stop Food & Fuel, 115 Pioneer Road, just after 8:30 p.m. after receiving a report of an armed robbery.

The store's employee, Stacy Page, told police that she was mopping the floor when a man came in wearing all-black clothing with "something black over his face, possibly a ski mask," the complaint says.

The store's owner, Sumeet Kumar, said he had been behind the cash register and the man said to him, "Give me the money, give me the money." Page then walked to the cash register, opened it and told the man to "just take" the money, the complaint says.

Sumeet had gone into the store's office to call 911.

The man did not put the money into a bag, but instead grabbed it in his arms and ran out of the store, the complaint says.

Michael Schultz, the manager of St. Brigid's at Hi-Park, which is next door to the convenience store, said surveillance video from the rear of their building showed a man wearing a black sweatshirt run from One Stop toward two storage sheds on St. Brigid's property. The man went between the sheds and came out riding a bike, the complaint says.

An officer dispatched to the convenience store saw a man, later identified as Moore, riding a bike quickly on Hallquist Avenue and wearing what appeared to be a backpack. Eventually, the officer stopped Moore, noticing that he no longer wore a backpack, but had a large sweat stain on his shirt that wearing a backpack would cause.

Officers also matched footprints on the convenience store's floor to shoes that Moore was wearing when he was apprehended, the complaint says.

A few hours after the robbery, a backpack was located about a block away from where Moore was apprehended. It contained a black hooded sweatshirt with eyeholes cut into the hood, other black clothing, sunglasses and a pellet pistol that "resembled a ... revolver," the complaint says. The pellet pistol had no markings to indicate that it was not a real gun.

Page later stated that she had a "significant relationship" with Moore and lived with him until last year. She said they have an "off and on relationship," the complaint says.

Moore told officers that Page had dropped him off at a different location before she went to work at the convenience store Saturday, the complaint says.

Police Chief Tim Sletten said armed robberies like this in Red Wing are "rare."

"I can't remember the last one we had at a business," he said.

The incident is still under investigation, Sletten added.

Moore will next appear in Goodhue County Court Sept. 23. He is currently being held in Goodhue County Jail with his bail set at $100,000.

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