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Armed robbery case proceeds

The suspect charged with committing three armed robberies in Alexandria appeared in Douglas County District Court Monday.

Michael Wayne Warren, 27, of Alexandria, faces 12 felony counts, including four counts of first-degree aggravated robbery (three stores and a driver in a store parking lot), three counts of kidnapping, three counts of false imprisonment, and two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.

The public defender assigned to his case requested an omnibus hearing to be set within 28 days, and Judge David Battey scheduled it for April 24 at 11:30 a.m.

Omnibus hearings typically determine whether there is probable cause to proceed with the case, whether any challenges will be made, or if a settlement can be reached before the case goes to trial.

Warren has not yet entered a plea. He was charged in connection with armed robberies at Subway, Premiere Video and Super America. In two of the robberies, the suspect sexually assaulted a female employee, according to the criminal complaint.

Warren remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail. Bail is set at $1 million with no conditions, $600,000 with conditions or a bond of $750,000.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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