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Charges: Armed-robbery Driver Says 'Joker' Made Him Do It

He claims gunman ordered him to help rob Osborne Rd. store, according to the criminal complaint.

The man charged with June 14 said he did it because his accomplice, who he knows only as "Joker," also threatened him with the gun.

That's according to the criminal complaint Anoka County prosecutors filed against Steven Eugene Daniels, 45, of Minneapolis.

Daniels faces two counts:

  • Aggravated first-degree robbery
  • Fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle

Authorities arrested Daniels after stopping the car he was driving a second time in Fridley within minutes of the alleged holdup.

(The car drove off after deputies pulled it over the first time on Highway 65, according to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office.)

The other man got away—despite a massive manhunt with K-9 search teams and a State Patrol helicopter that lasted more than three hours and involved the State Patrol, Anoka County deputies and police from Fridley and several nearby cities.

In the complaint, an Anoka County detective said Daniels' story is that after he gave a ride to the other man who then "held him at gun point and ordered him to commit the robbery with him."

Daniels remains in the Anoka County jail on $50,000 bail, according to the Anoka County Sheriff's website.

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