Carlton County men plead innocent in Mahtowa armed robberyTwo Carlton County men pleaded not guilty Monday in connection with an armed robbery in Mahtowa on Nov. 29.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
Two Carlton County men pleaded not guilty Monday in connection with an armed robbery in Mahtowa on Nov. 29.
Zachary Scott Moehrke, 19, of Carlton pleaded not guilty to one count of felony first-degree aggravated robbery and felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
Cameron Alden Angell, 19, of Barnum pleaded not guilty to felony aiding and abetting aggravated robbery in the first degree and felony aiding and abetting second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
Also on Monday, Moehrke had a settlement conference set for Jan. 6, while Angell’s was set for Jan. 4. Both men remain in jail on $100,000 and $80,000 bail, respectively.
According to the complaint:
Carlton County Sheriff’s deputies were called to TJ’s Country Corner at 9 a.m. Nov. 29, after a clerk reported being robbed at gunpoint.
Moehrke initially entered the store, walked around and left without purchasing anything. He reportedly returned a short time later, pointed a .22 caliber handgun at the clerk and demanded money, stating among other things, “give me the hundreds, fifties and twenties.”
After the clerk placed cash on the counter, Moehrke grabbed it, pointed the gun at the victim again and told her not to “hit any [expletive] buttons,” before leaving the store.
During the robbery, Moehrke concealed his identity by wearing a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and a bandana over his face.
Deputies arrested Moehrke and Angell after a traffic stop in the area a short time later.
Moehrke first told officers that Angell committed the robbery, but he later admitted he did it. He also said he and Angell went to a Cloquet residence and hid the handgun and clothing Moehrke was wearing during the crime. The gun and clothing were later recovered by officers.