James Stevenson arrested after trying to rob undercover Eagan cop with pellet gun

Stevenson got a little careless in his choice of robbery victims.
Stevenson got a little careless in his choice of robbery victims.

James Stevenson's one-man crime spree came to an end after he picked the wrong victim to mess with.

A little after 9 p.m. last Thursday, police set up a perimeter around the 3300 block of Coachman Road in Eagan following reports of two robberies in the area. No sooner had a plainclothes detective arrived on scene than a man matching the description of the robber approached him, reaching for something on his waistband.

The detective identified himself as police, prompting Stevenson to drop what turned out to be a pellet gun and run away. He was apprehended after a short foot chase.

Stevenson allegedly wasn't brandishing a pellet gun just for show -- police say he pistol-whipped his first Thursday-night victim in the head. In both cases Stevenson demanded the victims fork over the contents of their wallets at gun point.

Police say Stevenson is lucky he wasn't shot by officers.

"When you display a firearm, or even a replica, it can be construed as deadly force," Eagan Police Chief Jim McDonald told Eagan Patch. "If he had displayed that gun to an officer, the officer probably would've shot him."

Stevenson is cooling his heels in Dakota County Jail and faces a felony aggravated robbery charge. He could spend 20 years in prison. He's also under investigation for possible connections to several robberies that occurred earlier this year in Eagan.

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