Man faces armed-robbery charges after Monday holdup

Posted: Friday, November 05, 2004

A downtown Juneau man is charged with armed robbery in connection to an alleged Monday holdup at knifepoint near South Franklin Street.

Aaron H. Arnes, 23, was charged with first-degree robbery and third-degree assault. Under Alaska law, using a weapon in an attempt to rob someone constitutes first-degree robbery.

Juneau police say they learned of the incident Tuesday.

Prosecutors believe Arnes showed up with the alleged victim on a surveillance tape at the crime scene, although Arnes told investigators he was "bumming a cigarette."

Juneau District Court Judge Peter B. Froehlich set Arnes' bail at $5,000 Tuesday.

Police Capt. Tom Porter said there is no indication from the reports whether any money was taken. He said the case was being investigated as an assault when it was turned over to the district attorney's office.

According to the police reports, an officer was flagged down Tuesday by a man who reported his son had been the victim of an assault on Monday.

Police interviewed the alleged victim, who said that between 10 and 11 a.m. Monday the assailant greeted him outside the Marine View Apartments by saying, "Trick or treat (expletive)." He said the man held a knife to his throat and demanded his money.

During the police interview on Tuesday, the alleged victim saw the suspect across the street and pointed him out, according to police reports. Police interviewed Arnes, arrested him and lodged him at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Arnes resides in the 200 block of South Franklin Street.

Froehlich appointed the public defender's office to the case. Arnes told the court he has no income and receives food stamps, according to court records.

Porter said that there have been four armed robberies in Juneau this year. The most recent occurred on May 28 at the Oaken Keg, the liquor store at Safeway in the Mendenhall Valley. In that incident, a man displayed a handgun.

The lone armed robbery resulting in serious injury occurred on Jan. 7, when taxi driver Eric Drake had his throat cut and sustained numerous slashing and stabbing wounds. In October, Aaron St. Clair Jr., 21, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder in the crime.

One other robbery involved a knife and another involved what proved to be a BB gun, Porter said.

"We don't have anything close to what you would see in bigger cities or down south," he said.

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