ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Cloquet woman pleads not guilty in armed robbery

A Cloquet woman pleaded innocent last week in Carlton County District Court to charges related to a November incident in which a handgun was used in the robbery of a Cloquet home.

A Cloquet woman pleaded innocent last week in Carlton County District Court to charges related to a November incident in which a handgun was used in the robbery of a Cloquet home.

Kaley Marie Defoe, 24, pleaded not guilty on Dec. 16 to felony aggravated robbery in the first degree, felony second-degree assault, interfering with an emergency call, fifth-degree assault, and theft. She remains in jail on $100,000 bail and has a settlement conference set for Dec. 30.

Defoe allegedly used her relationship with one of the victims to gain entry to a home on the 400 block of Sixth Street shortly before 1 a.m. Nov. 2.

While in the home, Defoe told one of the victims she was under the influence of a prescription drug while one of the men showed a bag of crack cocaine, according to court documents. Officers were told that Defoe's alleged accomplices, Duluth men Cameron Eugene Adams, 28, and Dwayne McClendon, 24, said to each other, "Do you think we can get away with it? Do you think we can still do this?"

As one of the victims walked near Adams, he reportedly pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the man's stomach and threatened to kill him. The victim managed to push Adams away, but Adams cocked the gun and jammed it against the victim's head while the other defendants stood nearby, court documents said. Adams then allegedly pointed the gun at the others in the residence, said he was going to shoot them and demanded money.

ADVERTISEMENT

As one of the victims tried to call 911, Defoe punched the individual in the head and grabbed the phone, while yelling at them to do as they said, according to court documents.

The main victim was able to break free after a struggle and ran outside while Adams ran upstairs and reportedly stole two rings belonging to the resident, along with the keys to the resident's vehicle.

During this time, a young child was sleeping in the house and one of the victims had gone into the bedroom and locked the door to protect the child.

The defendants were arrested later that day by Duluth police during a traffic stop. No shots were fired and no one was injured in the incident.

In late November, McClendon pleaded guilty to an amended charge of aiding and abetting the felony theft of a controlled substance and had charges of felony first-degree aggravated robbery and two counts of felony assault in the second degree dismissed as part of a plea agreement. He was given a three-year suspended prison sentence, is serving 120 days in jail and will be on supervised probation for three years.

Adams was charged with felony aggravated robbery in the first degree, two counts of felony assault in the second degree and misdemeanor theft. He remains in jail on $100,000 bail while his case progresses.

Related Topics: CLOQUETCRIME
What To Read Next