Updated: Teens robbed of shoes, moneyTwo teenage boys were robbed of their shoes, wallets and a cell phone Sunday when they were walking down a street in central Cloquet.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
Two teenage boys were robbed of their shoes, wallets and a cell phone Sunday when they were walking down a street in central Cloquet. The two men suspected of robbing them have been found and charged.
Kamal Jamalludin Fardan and Cody Logan Fohrenkam, both age 21 and residents of Cloquet, were charged with simple robbery, a felony, this week in Carlton County Court.
According to the criminal complaint:
At approximately 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, two juvenile boys ages 14 and 15 were walking down Doddridge Avenue near Washington Elementary School when they were approached by two adult males who got out of a green four-door vehicle in their vicinity.
The two men approached the boys and demanded they turn over the personal property in their pockets as well as the shoes they were wearing. The suspects threatened physical harm if the teenagers did not comply. The boys turned over their tennis shoes, a cell phone and their wallets.
When the men left, the boys contacted law enforcement to report the robbery.
On Monday, a Fond du Lac police officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description and one of the two suspects, Fardan, was arrested. Fohrenkam was found and arrested Wednesday.
Assistant Carlton County Attorney Michael Boese, who is prosecuting the case, said the men threatened the teenagers but he didn’t think the boys were actually harmed. Still, it’s a startling case, he said.
“It’s not something you’d expect to happen in Cloquet,” Boese said, noting that the victims were on their way home from a local fast food restaurant. “When kids in junior high start getting robbed in the heart of the city, it’s going to raise some eyebrows.”
Boese said the shoes and some other property belonging to the two victims have been recovered.
It isn’t Fohrenkam’s first time in court. His criminal record includes 2010 charges of felony fifth degree drug possession, felon in possession of a firearm and several less serious charges in Hennepin County. In Carlton County, he pleaded guilty to second-degree arson in January of this year and was sentenced to 23 months in prison, a sentence the judge stayed and placed Fohrenkam on three years probation instead.
Fardan’s criminal record includes felony theft of a vehicle in Hennepin County; he also has two “minor consumption of alcohol” and several trespassing charges.
Fohrenkam is being held without bail. Bail for Fardan was set at $4,000. Both men will have their next hearing on Sept. 4.