A Bloomington man has been charged with snatching two bank deposit bags containing $15,000 from a gas station manager in Richfield, then fleeing and hiding under a car in a nearby unlocked garage.
Abel Goumanquah Miamen, 25, is charged with theft from person, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Officers were called to investigate a robbery in the 6400 block of Nicollet Avenue South just before 11 a.m. Nov. 19, according to the criminal complaint, signed by Richfield Police Detective Patrick Moriarty.
They spoke to the victim, a gas station manager, who said he was in the area to make a cash deposit at the Wells Fargo Bank branch. He said he was carrying two deposit bags containing about $15,000 in cash when Miamen ran toward him, grabbed the bags and fled.
The victim followed Miamen, and learned from residents in the area that he had run through their yards.
Police found Miamen hiding beneath a car in an unlocked garage. They found the deposit bags outside the home.
The gas station manager identified Miamen in a photo lineup as the man who had robbed him.
Miamen’s criminal history includes a conviction in 2008 for attempted first-degree aggravated robbery and in 2011 for theft with intent to exercise temporary control.
Miamen has been released from custody on a $10,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled Dec. 17 in Hennepin County District Court.