Some day, this thug will try it with the wrong guy…or girl, until then, he’ll keep doing what he does.

Felon charged with attempted robbery at gunpoint


By Tom Olsen on Oct 13, 2015 at 7:33 p.m.

A felon whose list of aliases is almost as long as his rap sheet — which goes back nearly 30 years — is again in hot water with the law, this time accused of attempting to rob a man at gunpoint early Saturday in downtown Duluth.
Mark Monroe, 46, was apprehended shortly after authorities said he pointed a pistol at a pedestrian and threatened him just before 2 a.m. on the 200 block of West First Street.

Monroe was charged Tuesday in State District Court in Duluth with attempted aggravated first-degree robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Authorities said Monroe has almost continuously been in prison or on probation in Minnesota and Illinois since March 1987. He was sentenced in February 2008 for an aggravated robbery case, and his record includes several other convictions for burglary, drug possession and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

“(Monroe) has been convicted and incarcerated with the Department of Corrections for numerous crimes almost continuously since before the first time the Minnesota Twins won the World Series,” St. Louis County prosecutor Jon Holets noted in a letter to the court, referencing the team’s 1987 championship.

Holets said Monroe has “limited ties” to the Duluth area and provided police reports showing that Monroe has been known to use more than a dozen aliases.

Senior Judge Peter Albrecht set his bail at $20,000 and granted an application for a public defender.

Police said the victim called 911 at 1:47 a.m. Saturday to report that a man pointed a gun at him and demanded money. He added that the man had struck him in the throat and chest.

The victim said he was able to retreat, but was again approached by the man while he was calling for help. The suspect allegedly pressed his face near the victim and said, “Let me talk to you.”

Duluth police officers arrived on scene and arrested Monroe. The pistol allegedly used in the attempted robbery was found in his waistband.

Police said Monroe initially told officers his name was Jerome Johnson, but his true identity was discovered through Chicago Police Department reports, an Illinois Department of Corrections database and fingerprints.

Monroe is facing a maximum of 15 years in prison on the firearms charge and 10 years for attempted robbery.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 4.

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