Duluth teen sentenced for aiding and abetting aggravated robberyA Duluth teenager has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting first-degree aggravated robbery for trying to rob several late night revelers at gunpoint along with three other individuals last September. Dustin Hawke St. Clair, 17, was charged as an adult for the fe
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
A Duluth teenager has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting first-degree aggravated robbery for trying to rob several late night revelers at gunpoint along with three other individuals last September.
Dustin Hawke St. Clair, 17, was charged as an adult for the felony, and Judge Robert Macaulay sentenced him to two years in prison. His sentence was stayed for three years, during which time he will undergo supervised probation. He was also sentenced to 365 days of local confinement and given credit for 259 days already served.
According to the complaint filed in the incident, Cloquet police officers responded to a call at approximately 1:19 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2012, to the 1400 block of Maplewood Avenue in Cloquet. There they learned from the son of the homeowners that he had been hosting a party earlier in the evening in a detached garage on the premises.
The party was broken up by the parents upon their arrival home.
While the son and five or six others were cleaning up the garage, an adult male reportedly came into the garage carrying a handgun. The homeowners’ son stated the handgun was then pointed at his head and the intruder made threats against his life unless he provided the assailant with money.
The victim said he managed to eject the man from the garage, however, shutting the main door behind him. A short time later, the same intruder returned with his handgun, along with at least two other males, and threatened the victim and his friends once again. At that point one of the other intruders — who also had a handgun — fired his gun into the ceiling of the garage as if to make his point that they meant business. However, the victim said he once again forced all of the intruders out of the garage, this time locking the main door behind them, and the assailants disappeared into a wooded area near the home.
Upon the arrival of the police, an immediate search began, and they located two adult males and two juveniles who were thought to be involved in the attempted robbery. The two adult males with handguns were identified as Robert Dwayne Jeff, 18, and Jaque Love, 25. Both men admitted to involvement in the attempted robbery, though Jeff denied having fired the gun into the ceiling of the garage. The juveniles were St. Clair and Nicholas Joseph Ammesmaki.
Assistant Carlton County Attorney Michael Boese said he moved to certify St. Clair as an adult because of his lengthy criminal record and his age at the time of the incident.
Jeff pleaded guilty to second-degree assault Dec. 19 and was sentenced Jan. 16, 2013. A three-year prison sentence was stayed for three years of probation under numerous conditions. Jeff was also sentenced to serve nine months local confinement with credit for 123 days already served.
Ammesmaki, 18, requested to be tried as an adult. On July 15, he was convicted of second-degree aiding and abetting assault with a dangerous weapon and received a stayed sentence of 36 months in prison. He is serving three years of supervised probation.
Love was released at the time of the incident because of his level of cooperation, but a warrant was later issued for his arrest but he has not yet been apprehended.