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St. Paul Man Sentenced to 14.5 Years in Prison for Multiple Armed Robberies of University Avenue Grocery Stores

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – A St. Paul man has been sentenced to 175 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for three armed robberies of grocery stores located in St. Paul along University Avenue, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, on three separate occasions between May 27 and June 5, 2022, Nicholas Antwain Dancy, 39, robbed three grocery stores located on University Avenue in St. Paul: Towfiq Grocery, Midway Grocery and Deli, and Global Food and Mid Market. During the robberies, Dancy used a firearm to threaten the employees and demand cash.

Dancy pleaded guilty on July 14, 2023, to three counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. He was sentenced yesterday by Judge John R. Tunheim.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by FBI and the St. Paul Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ruth S. Shnider and Jordan L. Sing prosecuted the case.

Updated November 17, 2023

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