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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

May 13, 2013

B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney

Contact: Jeanne F. Cooney, Director of Community Relations
(612) 664-5611

Fridley Man Sentenced for Robbing Retail Store

MINNEAPOLIS — Earlier today in federal court, a 46-year-old Fridley man was sentenced for robbing a Discount Tobacco and Groceries retail store at 315 Osborne Road Northeast in Fridley. United States District Court Judge Joan N. Ericksen sentenced Steven Eugene Daniels to 160 months in prison on one count of interference with commerce by robbery pursuant to the Hobbs Act. Daniels was indicted on September 11, 2012, and pleaded guilty on November 27, 2012.

In his plea agreement, Johnson admitted that on September 5, 2012, he was riding in a vehicle that police attempted to stop following a traffic violation. Johnson admitted that he jumped out of the passenger side of the vehicle, with a gun tucked into his waistband, and ran. Officers spotted the gun when Johnson exited the vehicle and chased him. Johnson was apprehended nearby a short time later. Officers recovered the gun after they used a canine to trace the path Johnson had taken.

The Hobbs Act, passed by Congress in 1946, provides for federal jurisdiction for cases involving violent, habitual criminals who commit armed robbery in businesses involved in interstate commerce.

This case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Anoka County Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Newberry.