Cloquet man foils robbery attempt

The person refused to hand over his phone despite being threatened with a knife.

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A Cloquet man is in custody after attempting to rob a family member in August.

Anthony Lee Gordon Barney, 29, was arrested Nov. 5 and charged with attempted first-degree robbery after an incident near his Cloquet home.

Anthony Lee Gordon Barney

The Fond du Lac Tribal Police Department responded to a report of a person threatened with a knife Aug. 15 in Cloquet.


According to the complaint, officers met with the victim, who stated a red SUV pulled into his driveway and was sitting there for a while. He went out to see who it was and said five people were in the SUV, including Barney, a relative of the victim.

Barney got out of the vehicle, brandished a knife and demanded the victim hand over his phone.

The victim refused and told Barney if they weren’t related he would take the knife and “kick the (expletive) out of him.”

At that point, the SUV drove away, leaving Barney in the driveway. Barney again demanded the victim’s phone. When he refused, Barney left the area.

Barney is being held at the Carlton County jail and if convicted faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $30,000 fine or both.

Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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