Charges filed in plaza robbery incident

Charges were filed against a man involved in the Aug. 29 robbery attempt that occurred in a Pedestrian Plaza restroom and resulted in altercations between two groups.

Matthew James Klinefelter, 21, was charged with aiding and abetting or attempting simple robbery. The charges come after Klinefelter, along with another juvenile, entered the bathroom and told a victim, “This is a robbery” and “Give me your wallet,” according to court documents.

Court reports said the victim was pistol-whipped causing an injury that later required treatment. The gun broke, so the victims assumed that it was not a real firearm. It was later found to be an Airsoft gun.

A fight ensued in the restroom and a female member from the victim’s group tried to intervene, court documents said. One of the attackers allegedly showed a weapon and threatened to kill her.

Court documents said Klinefelter and the two juveniles involved in the altercation fled and were pursued by their victims. The suspects then scattered, with the victims chasing them down as they ran towards Terra Springs, where the groups later met and started fighting again, court documents added.

Klinefelter was found in a vehicle parked a short distance from the altercation. Documents said Klinefelter was identified by a victim as one of the people involved in the robbery, but was not the individual who had hit him.

The original police incident report said four people were taken into custody, with another juvenile involved in the incident agreeing to talk with officers.

Court documents said he told officers his involvement was a case of being with friends who caused a crime. He stated that he was told to stand outside the restroom and wait for Klinefelter and the juvenile. When Klinefelter and the juvenile ran from the bathroom, he told officers that he followed. He later told police that the juvenile in the bathroom with Klinefelter was the one who hit the victim on the head with the Airsoft gun.

Man sentenced in jail assault

A Stillwater man was sentenced in connection with an April 25 inmate-on-inmate assault in the Washington County jail.

Court documents said Tyler James Anderson allegedly punched another jail inmate, knocking out a tooth.

Anderson was convicted of third-degree assault and committed to the Commissioner of Correction for 24 months with credit for 106 days. Restitution was reserved for 30 days concurrent with other sentencings.

Court documents said a corrections deputy walked by and witnessed the altercation. Documents added that the victim told investigators he was watching television when Anderson punched him and had not said anything to Anderson before the altercation.
Surveillance video revealed Anderson had been seated at a dayroom table with a group of men when he stood up, walked over to the victim and punched him in the face.

Contact Avery Cropp at avery.cropp@ecm-inc.com

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