Good thing nobody got hurt….I guess.

Man thwarts knifepoint robbery outside Depot
By Brady Slater on Aug 23, 2016 at 9:31 p.m.

A theater-goer thwarted an attempted robbery Friday after a 33-year-old Duluth man allegedly pulled a knife on a couple leaving the Depot after attending a play.

James Jeremiah Nelson, of Duluth, was jailed through the weekend and charged with felony first-degree attempted aggravated robbery Tuesday in State District Court in Duluth.

Nelson faces 10 years in prison and/or a $17,500 fine. He remained in St. Louis County Jail on Tuesday on $30,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint and other court documents, a 22-year-old male and 24-year-old female were leaving the Depot shortly after 10 p.m. Friday after a performance of “Nine” at The Underground theater when Nelson allegedly approached them with a pocket knife exposed, demanding money he said he needed for food.

The woman told police she could see the knife, “became afraid and stood behind her boyfriend.”

When confronted verbally by the male, Nelson stowed the knife, the complaint said, and began to run up the concrete ramp toward Michigan Street.

The man chased Nelson, grabbed him and brought him to the ground, “where he placed his arm around (Nelson’s) neck” while demanding Nelson take the knife out of his pocket and throw it. Nelson complied and was held on the ground by the man until officers with the Duluth Police Department arrived. Police took Nelson into custody and recovered the knife near the scene.

Prior to confronting the couple, Nelson allegedly approached two women as they came out of the theater. They tried to ignore him until he “started chasing after them, screaming and using profanity,” the criminal complaint states. He yelled “about not having eaten and needing money.”

The women ducked into a wedding reception at the Depot. Almost immediately afterward, the complaint alleges, Nelson confronted the couple.

During an interview with police after the incident, Nelson told police, “I shouldn’t have done what I did. It was stupid.” He admitted to pulling the knife and asking for money to see what kind of reaction he could get, the complaint states.

Nelson has a series of misdemeanor assaults and other convictions dating back to 2001, according to court records.

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