Crime blotter: Mother always said "Never stick a gun in someone's face if you're not prepared to use it"

On December 19 at 10:19 p.m. police officers were dispatched to Burnsville Center on report of an armed robbery. The victim told the cops that a white male wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a bandana over his face accosted her in the mall parking lot. According to a criminal complaint filed in Dakota County District Court, the assailant pointed a gun at her and demanded money. However, the victim did not initially believe it was a real gun. She laughed at him and entered her vehicle. The assailant eventually fled in a vehicle with four other males inside, but not before the woman was able to record the license plate number.

The vehicle in question was subsequently stopped by police officers in the parking lot of a SuperTarget in Savage. There were four juveniles and one adult, Brian Dunn Kelly, inside the vehicle. Officers also recovered a sub-machine gun, a magazine for the weapon, and numerous .9 millimeter rounds. According to the complaint, Kelly admitted attempting to rob the woman at gunpoint. He allegedly told the officers that he needed money for Christmas and that he was shocked when the woman laughed at him. The 18-year-old Bloomington resident has been charged with one count each of second degree assault and attempted first degree aggravated robbery.

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