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UPDATE: 2 arrests made in connection with Rochester gas station robbery

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – Two Twin Cities area men are facing multiple charges after a theft at a Holiday Stationstore on 37th St. NW lead to an assault at a neighboring apartment complex.

Larry Mason, 18, from St. Paul and Carlos Williams, 20, from Shakopee, were arrested after the incidents early Tuesday morning.

Police said the men first shoplifted some food items around 12:35 a.m. Tuesday.

They returned to the gas station about 20 minutes later when a 20-year-old female cashier said Mason tried to buy cigarettes with a fake ID. The cashier refused to sell them, and Mason ran out with the cigarettes and into a car.

ORIGINAL STORY: Employee assaulted after alleged gas station robbery in NW Rochester

A 23-year-old male store manager took off after him with a crowbar. He threw it at the back window of their car as Williams drove to the nearby Gage East Apartments.

According to the manger, Williams got out of the car and assaulted him, throwing him to the ground and kicking his head. The victim lost vision for a while but was able to walk back to the gas station and call police.

Police said Williams told the store manager that he was a Minneapolis Police Officer.

Both men are facing charges of felony simple robbery, third degree assault, disorderly conduct and theft.

Police also said that the manager does carry a stun gun, but did not use it.

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