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Three charged with felonies for Halloween night robbery

Three suspects who were arrested in connection with a robbery that happened on Halloween night in Alexandria were charged in Douglas County District Court today, Tuesday.

Three suspects who were arrested in connection with a robbery that happened on Halloween night in Alexandria were charged in Douglas County District Court today, Tuesday.

They are Caleb Styer, 19, of Alexandria and two 16-year-olds, Kolton Neely of Carlos and Devon Van Scoik of Alexandria. They were each charged with four felony-level crimes: first-degree aggravated robbery and three counts of first-degree burglary -- entering a building without consent while another person was there, entering a building without consent while possessing a dangerous weapon, and entering a building without consent and assaulting another person.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.

A fourth suspect in the case, a 14-year-old boy, was also apprehended but details are not public record because of his age.

The arrests, announced Sunday, were the result of a six-week investigation, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

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The four suspects allegedly entered a residence on the 400 block of 11th Avenue East on October 31. Three were wearing ski masks and another covered his face with a sweatshirt.

Two of them were armed with long guns when they entered the home, according to court documents.

The suspects reportedly demanded drugs from a boy who was alone in the house at the time. They also ransacked several rooms inside the home, searching for marijuana and other drugs, police believe.

The suspects demanded firearms and left the scene with two rifles and a shotgun owned by the homeowner. After breaking the boy's cell phone and other phones in the house, the suspects allegedly told the boy to lie down on his bed, count to 100 and not leave the house.

The victim wasn't physically injured during the incident, but according to court documents, the suspects pointed shotguns at the boy and threatened to shoot him if he didn't cooperate.

The suspects were arrested without incident on December 13.

In court documents, investigators said that when Styer was interviewed about the crime, he "appeared to show genuine emotion and indicated he felt bad for the victims and knew he was going to do prison time."

 

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Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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