Teen robbery case half overOne suspect pleaded guilty Monday, while another faces new charges after the pair allegedly robbed two young teenage boys of their shoes, wallets and a cell phone Aug. 18 when the boys were walking down Doddridge Avenue in central Cloquet.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
One suspect pleaded guilty Monday, while another faces new charges after the pair allegedly robbed two young teenage boys of their shoes, wallets and a cell phone Aug. 18 when the boys were walking down Doddridge Avenue in central Cloquet.
Kamal Jamalludin Fardan, 21, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting simple robbery Monday in Carlton County Court during a settlement hearing.
“His involvement was pretty minimal,” said defense attorney Joanna Wiegert, noting that Fardan doesn’t have much criminal history as well.
Fardan’s co-defendant, Cody Logan Fohrenkam, 21, was in court Wednesday for a settlement hearing in the simple robbery case, along with a probation violation hearing on a previous aiding and abetting arson conviction. Fohrenkam also faces new charges of misdemeanor assault, for something that happened inside the Carlton County jail with another inmate.
According to the criminal complaint in the simple robbery case:
At approximately 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, two juvenile boys ages 14 and 15 were walking down Doddridge Avenue near Washington Elementary when they were approached by two adult males who got out of a car and demanded the boys 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.
Fardan was arrested the day after the robbery and Fohrenkam was arrested three days later.
At the time, Assistant Carlton County Attorney Michael Boese called it a “startling” case.
“It’s not something you’d expect to happen in Cloquet,” Boese said at the time, noting 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.”
Fohrenkam’s defense attorney, Kevin Cornwall, told Judge Dale Wolf he could not represent Fohrenkam on the new assault charges because he also represents the other jail inmate involved in the incident.
Cornwall requested a speedy trial on the simple robbery case, and asked the judge to assign another attorney for Fohrenkam for the misdemeanor assault. No date has been set.
Fohrenkam’s 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” charges and several trespassing charges.