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Minneapolis man faces felony charges in reservation robbery case

A Minneapolis man accused of firing a shot as he left the site of a home invasion robbery on the Fond du Lac Reservation was arraigned Tuesday in St. Louis County District Court and charged with three felonies.

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Barney, 26, is charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree aggravated robbery and second-degree assault in the alleged incident on Saturday.

A Minneapolis man accused of firing a shot as he left the site of a home invasion robbery on the Fond du Lac Reservation was arraigned Tuesday in St. Louis County District Court and charged with three felonies.

Jermain Kal Barney, 26, is charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree aggravated robbery and second-degree assault in the alleged incident on Saturday.

According to the criminal complaint, Barney is about 6 foot 6 and weighs 300 pounds. He is known by the nickname "Monster," the complaint alleges.

Barney has two other pending criminal cases. He is charged with another burglary on the reservation on Sept. 4, 2008, and he's charged with second- and third-degree assault during an alleged incident Nov. 23, 2008, at another residence on the reservation. He's accused of using a collapsible baton-like instrument to inflict substantial bodily harm on another man.

In a bail memo to the court, St. Louis County prosecutor Mark Rubin said Barney is a threat to public safety and asked that bail be set at $95,000. Judge Shaun Floerke granted the request. Barney was being held in the St. Louis County Jail.

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In the Saturday incident on Mahnomen Road, Barney entered the residence without consent. He took a bottle of oxycodone pills from a woman's purse. The defendant was confronted by a man in the house and a black bandana fell from the defendant's face, allowing others in the residence to identify him.

The complaint alleges that Barney pulled a gun outside the house, pointed it at a man and fired a shot at the man's feet before fleeing in a red car. Police stopped the car within five minutes. Barney and two women were in the vehicle. Deputies found a black bandana in the car. The gun allegedly used in the incident wasn't found. However, a spent bullet casing was found on the ground outside the residence.

In his bail memo to the court, Rubin said the defendant probably discarded a loaded firearm somewhere between the crime scene and where he was apprehended by police. The prosecutor said an additional threat would be posed if Barney were released from custody and allowed to retrieve the gun.

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