On Memorial Day of all days, a man was robbed at the Northland Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial.

Just after 4 PM on Monday, the Duluth Police Department got a call about a robbery that had just taken place at the memorial, the victim says they were threatened with a machete before the suspect took off with a backpack.

Before the suspect got away, the victim managed to snap some photos of the suspect, who the police immediately identified when they arrived at the scene of the robbery. The suspect was spotted on a bike a short time after and took off on foot when he saw the police closing in on him.

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The suspect fled into a wooded area by Duluth Bethel, near the 100 block and Mesaba Avenue. The suspect fled onto a rocky outcropping where police engaged in conversation with him and after some time he agreed to come down.

After the suspect agreed to come off the rocks, the Duluth Fire Department was called to the scene to provide a ladder, so officers could reach the suspect, he was taken into custody without incident and the backpack was returned to the victim.

The 18-year-old male suspect was booked into the St. Louis County Jail for 1st degree aggravated robbery, a felony. Thankfully there were no injuries, and it was a job well done with cooperation from the heroes in the Duluth Police and Fire Departments.


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