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Jackson County robbery case transferred to Nobles County courts

WORTHINGTON -- An attempted robbery case originally charged in Jackson County has been moved to Nobles County District Court, according to court documents.

David Jack Carlisle-Dawson, 17, of Worthington, is charged with first-degree attempted aggravated robbery, attempted simple robbery and second-degree assault, all felonies. The charges stem from an attempted robbery that took place March 28 in Heron Lake.

The complaint states authorities were informed of a robbery in progress shortly before 10 a.m. that morning at PJ's Mini Mart in Heron Lake. Upon arrival, the responding officer found the owner of the mini mart and a patron attempting to restrain a young man on the ground.

The officer took control of the juvenile male, later identified as Carlisle-Dawson, and upon searching him, allegedly found a can of mace in his possession. A mini mart employee gave the officer a set of brass knuckles that reportedly belonged to the suspect.

Once the teen was secured in a squad car, the owner gave a statement, telling the officer he saw the young man walk into the store and behind the register area. Dressed in a hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, a mask with face paint underneath and dark paint on his hands, the suspect had started digging through drawers and allegedly grabbed a box of money from a drawer.

When the owner approached and asked the teen if he was looking for something, the teen allegedly attempted to hit him while wearing the brass knuckles.

The owner said he then pinned the boy in a corner, and a struggle ensued between the two. Observing the activity, a customer who was at the mini mart having coffee assisted the owner in restraining the teen. According to the owner, Carlisle-Dawson struck him several times with the brass knuckles during the scuffle.

While being restrained by the two men, Carlisle-Dawson allegedly told them his name and said his mother was losing their car.

Carlisle-Dawson was charged in Jackson County several days after the incident and pleaded not guilty to all three counts, but on May 2 pleaded guilty to simple robbery.

Because Carlisle-Dawson lives in Nobles County, the case was transferred from Jackson County for disposition, which is standard in juvenile cases, according to Nobles County Attorney Gordon Moore.

Carlisle-Dawson's appearance for a disposition hearing is at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Prairie Justice Center.

When a juvenile aged 16 or older is charged with a felony in the State of Minnesota, the records are open to the public.