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After BB Gun Robbery of SLP Family Dollar, Minneapolis Duo Face Up to 20 Years

The pair stole two baskets of merchandise on Dec. 17.

A pair of Minneapolis residents are accused of robbing the St. Louis Park Family Dollar store at gunpoint.

Harold Eugene Ballard, 20, and Christina Torres, 28, are charged with one count each of felony aggravated robbery. Ballard, who has a juvenile criminal history of terroristic threats and fourth-degree assault, also faces a felony charge of possession of a firearm.

According to the criminal complaint:

Ballard and Torres entered the store on Dec. 17 while the store manager was on a cigarette break. Torres then returned to a car outside as Ballard filled two baskets with merchandise.

As he was walking out of the store, the Family Dollar clerk told him to return the merchandise, but he replied, “shut up.”

As he was entering the vehicle with the stolen merchandise, the store manager yelled, “No, no, no.”

Ballard grabbed a BB gun from the front of his pants.

“Get away from me now or I will shoot you,” he told the manager.

Ballard and Torres were later arrested at a Minneapolis apartment and Torres was identified by the store manager from a photographic lineup.

Ballard and Torres each face up to 20 years behind bars and a $35,000 fine.
Mike B. January 08, 2014 at 06:28 PM
I sincerely hope that this arrest will not interfere with Ms. Torres' participation in the Wayzata Garden Club's upcoming events. I would hate to see Ms. Torres not being able to host the next afternoon tea as well.
Daniel January 09, 2014 at 10:06 AM
LOL "Up to 20 years" We all know that in Liberal Minnesota they will probably not even spend a year behind bars.
Mike B. January 09, 2014 at 01:13 PM
This is another example of why retail clerks should be given weapons training to be able to fire back at these violent robbers. Then the clerks could be rewarded with a bounty for each criminal that will, shall we say, never cause a problem again.
Daniel January 09, 2014 at 02:18 PM
I don't thinking arming the retail clerks is the answer. Real prison sentences need to be doled out and not these half-hearted attempts at justice to keep the state's prison stats low.
Boss Hoss January 09, 2014 at 05:36 PM
Just chop off a hand or foot on the spot and call it a day.
Mike B. January 10, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Or even worse, Boss Hoss, force the perpetrators to watch an endless loop of C-Span speeches by Senator Harry Reid!

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