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Park Rapids man sentenced in D.L. robbery

A Park Rapids man has been found guilty by a jury of felony first-degree aggravated robbery in the April 24, 2014, robbery of DL Tobacco.

Eric Jerome Goodman, 29, of 210 Park Ave. S. Park Rapids was found guilty in Becker County District Court Tuesday.

According to court records: At about 3:30 p.m. April 24, 2014 officers were dispatched to the DL Tobacco Store in Detroit Lakes on the report of an armed robbery.

When officers arrived, the suspects had fled the area. Multiple witnesses were interviewed and surveillance video from the store was reviewed.

Investigation revealed that two Native American men had entered the store wearing masks. One of the men stood near the entryway as the other pointed a gun at the individuals in the store and ordered them to give him their money.

The man by the door then ran out. The man with the gun grabbed the cash that was lying on the counter and then reached behind the counter, grabbed the cash register and left the store.

On May 20, 2014, Becker County Sheriff’s Investigator’s Dan Skoog and Luke Sweere were investigating a separate incident at a residence in Pine Point.

During the investigation, they made contact with George Robert Taylor, 28. At the foot of his bed, they observed a pair of tennis shoes that matched those worn by one of the suspects during the robbery. The shoes were taken as evidence.

Three other known adult witnesses were also interviewed that confirmed that Taylor and Goodman had been the individuals involved in the robbery.

Those witnesses had personal knowledge of the events of April 24, 2014 and stated that Goodman and Taylor had driven to the DL Tobacco Store.

When they came out of the store, Goodman was carrying a cash register drawer. They took the money out of the cash register and dumped the drawer in a river or ditch.

Goodman and Taylor also argued about who should get more of the money because Taylor had “bailed” on Goodman.

The witnesses were able to describe what Goodman and Taylor were wearing and one also described seeing them with two BB-pellet guns immediately after the robbery.

Both Taylor and Goodman were in state prison last year when the charges were filed.

Taylor was convicted earlier, and appeared in court March 24 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who sentenced him to 68 months in prison at St. Cloud and ordered him to pay $5,500 in restitution plus a $50 fine and $160 in court fees. Sentencing for Goodman will be held at a later date.

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