17-year-old charged in armed rob­bery of Lake Sta­tion store

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A 17-year-old has been charged in Lake Su­pe­rior Court with armed rob­bery of a Lake Sta­tion store.

Jac­ques Dar­cell Bran­non, 17, of 1726 E. 19th Court, was charged with the Level 3 felony in the rob­bery last week of the Dollar Store, 2828 Cen­tral Ave.

The manager told po­lice at about 7:40 p.m. on Jan. 19, a man grabbed him and forced him to the counter at the store as a sec­ond per­son wear­ing a black ski mask and car­ry­ing a re­volver told him he had “one chance” to open the safe. Af­ter three tries, the manager opened the safe and stepped back as the two in­di­vid­u­als pulled out a cash reg­is­ter drawer and re­moved the money from it. They also took sealed bank de­posit bags.

A cus­tomer who was en­ter­ing the store as the in­di­vid­u­als drove away in a Blazer-type SUV called 911.

An of­fi­cer on his way to the rob­bery call passed the SUV that matched the de­scrip­tion and turned around to fol­low it. When he ac­ti­vated his emer­gency lights, the Blazer speeded up to nearly 100 mph in a res­i­den­tial area, where the driver lost con­trol and crashed in the front yard of an un­oc­cu­pied home. The driver and pas­sen­ger both ran into a wooded area.

Ad­di­tional of­fi­cers and two po­lice dogs joined in the search and lo­cated Bran­non, who had a bank de­posit bag con­tain­ing $1,678 in cash and a bank de­posit slip for Dollar Gen­eral, the prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit states. He also had $181 in cash and a check writ­ten to the store, records state.

In­side the SUV were two more bank de­posit bags, a black hand­gun and black ski mask.

The charge is pun­ish­able by three to 16 years.

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