A 27-year-old Blaine man has been charged in connection with the robbery of the Mayer Oil Company Saturday.
Carver County Attorney Mark Metz says his office has charged Demetrius Charles Edward Derden with Aggravated Robbery in the First Degree and Assault in the Second Degree- Dangerous Weapon.
According to the complaint, Derden pointed a hand gun at the clerk, placed a bag on a stool, demanded cash, and emptied a cash drawer into the bag. He then took the clerk in the back room where the clerk opened a lower safe but didn’t know the combination of the upper safe. According to the complaint, Derden then put the barrel of the gun to the back of the clerk’s neck and told him “you better remember, your life depends on it.” The clerk then heard a “click from the gun. Believing the gun was empty, the clerk turned and stood up and a violent struggle ensued.
Ultimately Derden fled the scene in a car with the bag of money. After being identified by evidence left at the scene, including the gun, which turned out to be a BB gun, Derden was arrested Sunday in Blaine.
The clerk was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries he sustained in the struggle.
Bail was set Tuesday at $100,000 cash or $1,000,000 bond, along with other standard conditions of release.
Derden’s next court date is set for Friday, December 9th, at 8:30 a.m.