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BEMIDJI -- A jury trial has been set for a Bemidji man charged with robbing using a shotgun in April.

Andrew Edward Martin, 23, appeared in Beltrami County Court on Tuesday, where he maintained a not guilty plea entered in May. Martin is accused of forcing his way into a Bemidji home in mid-April while armed with a shotgun. He is charged with felony first-degree aggravated robbery.

Bemidji police responded to a residence in Bemidji just after midnight April 17 to take a report of a robbery. The resident of the home and another man who was present told law enforcement that two individuals pushed their way into the home, one was identified as Martin, according to court documents.

Martin allegedly was carrying a shotgun and confronted the home’s resident while his unknown accomplice, who had facial hair and was wearing a hoodie over a dark baseball jersey and hat, pushed the other man to the ground and ordered him to stay still, according to a criminal complaint. During the robbery, $45 in cash, a cell phone and computer were stolen.

Martin faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. Martin’s trial is scheduled to start Aug. 4. He is currently being held at the Beltrami County Jail.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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