Fridley Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Osborne Rd. Store in June
Police caught Steven Eugene Daniels after the armed robbery at Discount Tobacco and Groceries on June 14. His alleged accomplice escaped an overnight manhunt.
A Fridley man pled guilty in federal court Tuesday to robbing a store on Osborne Road last June.
Steven Eugene Daniels faces as many as 20 years in prison under an agreement in which he entered a guilty plea on one count of interference with commerce by robbery. United States District Judge Joan N. Ericksen heard his plea and will sentence him at a future hearing.
The June 14, 2012 robbery at Discount Tobacco and Groceries, 315 Osborne Rd. NE led to a massive but unsuccessful overnight search for Daniels' accomplice, who had a firearm according to Daniels' plea.
Police arrested Daniels on 58th Avenue NE between Washington and Seventh in Fridley that night.
He told police he knew his accomplice only as a man named "Joker" who "held him at gun point and ordered him to commit the robbery with him," according to a criminal complaint filed by the Anoka County Attorney.
He was indicted on federal charges on Sept. 11 under the Hobbes Act and remains in the Anoka County Jail.
The Hobbs Act, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, "provides federal jurisdiction for cases involving violent, habitual criminals who commit armed robbery in businesses involved in interstate commerce. Federal prosecution of these offenders is sometimes beneficial since the penalties may be tougher than under state law."