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Cass Lake man arrested on robbery charges

BEMIDJI — A Cass Lake man was arrested for robbery Saturday.

Aaron John Jones, 35, was arrested after he allegedly blocked the path of two victims who were walking near Mississippi River bridge at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a press release issued by the Bemidji Police Department.

Jones allegedly told the victims that they needed to pay the “street tax.” When they refused, he allegedly struck one in the face and grabbed the other when they tried to flee the area for help.

Jones wasn’t able to take anything from the victims, according to Bemidji police Chief Mike Mastin.

Bemidji police officers located and arrested Jones soon after the incident. He is being held in Beltrami County Jail on two counts of simple robbery, a felony.  

John Hageman

John Hageman covers local business and North Dakota politics. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Bemidji Pioneer.  

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