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Fridley man pleads guilty to robbing two Twin Cities’ shoe stores

June 21, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 42-year-old Fridley man pleaded guilty to robbing two Twin Cities’ shoe stores in early January. Peter Christopher Nunn specifically pleaded guilty to two counts of interference with commerce by robbery, pursuant to the Hobbs Act. Nunn, who was indicted on February 5, 2013, entered his plea before United States District Court Judge Patrick J. Schiltz.

In his plea agreement, Nunn admitted that on January 5, 2013, he stole approximately $300 from the Payless ShoeSource store, located at 8510 Springbrook Drive in Coon Rapids, while threatening employees with a weapon that was later determined to be a BB gun. He also admitted ordering two people into a bathroom, barricading the bathroom door with a chair, and then leaving the store.

In addition, Nunn admitted that on January 7, 2013, he stole approximately $700 from the Famous Footwear store located at 1593 E. 17th Avenue in Shakopee in the same manner. Following that robbery, police arrested Nunn after a high-speed chase.

As stated, Nunn was charged in federal court under the Hobbs Act, which was passed by Congress in1946. The Act allows federal prosecutors to prosecute violent habitual criminals who commit armed robberies in places of business that involve interstate commerce.

For his crimes, Nunn faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each count. Judge Schiltz will determine his sentence at a future hearing, yet to be scheduled. This case is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the police departments in Coon Rapids and Shakopee. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas M. Hollenhorst.

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