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Police arrest suspect in armed robbery case

A suspect wielding a knife demanded cash from clerks at the M&H gas station Wednesday morning. (Photo courtesy of the Hastings Police Department)2 / 4
Police released photos of the suspect. He was caught on cameras before covering his face with a bandanna. (Photo courtesy of the Hastings Police Department)3 / 4
(Photo courtesy of the Hastings Police Department)4 / 4

Acting on tips called in after local media outlets broadcast surveillance images, Hastings police officers arrested gas station robbery suspect Joseph Robert Olson, age, 27, of Hastings on the probable cause charge of Aggravated (armed) Robbery, along with charges stemming from a previously reported domestic assault incident. In addition, Jacquelyn Irene Keehn, age, 31, also of Hastings, was arrested on the probable cause charges of Aiding an Offender and Receiving Stolen Property. Both Olson and Keehn were arrested at about 10:30 p.m. last night at a residence in 400 block of East Third Street in Hastings. The arrests were made without incident.

Investigators obtained and executed a search warrant at the home of Olson and Keehn and recovered cash, clothing items and the bicycle used to flee the robbery.

"The assistance we received from the media in putting this information out was critically helpful in garnering community assistance to quickly identify and ultimately arrest this robbery suspect," said Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell. "This arrest resulted from the combination of

good information, an engaged community, and tenacious investigators."

Later today, investigators plan to submit the case to the Dakota County Attorney's Office for review and consideration of formal charges.

On Wednesday, May 22, at 5:08 a.m., Hastings police officers were called to the M&H gas station at Vermillion (Highway 61) and 15th streets on the report of an armed robbery. Store clerks reported being confronted by a knife wielding man who made threatening gestures while demanding that employees give him money from the registers. After leaving the store with an unspecified amount of money, the suspect fled on a bicycle. No store employees or customer witnesses were injured during the robbery.

"Robberies such as this are somewhat rare because of the increased use of video surveillance systems, rapid police response, and emerging technologies," Schnell said prior to the arrest. "We hope release of the surveillance will lead to identification of this suspect, whose actions were clearly threatening and reckless."