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Man charged with robbery

The fight took place on an elementary school playground, but it was more than just one student bullying another.

According to a complaint filed this week in the Dakota County Attorney's office Nicholas Lauer, 24, hit and robbed another man Jan. 18 on the playground of a Farmington school.

According to the complaint, Lauer and another individual drove the victim to the school and walked with him to the playground. Lauer then reportedly punched the individual and held him down while another man took $200 in cash from his wallet. The victim walked to a nearby gas station and called police.

Lauer at first claimed to have been "jacked" but later admitted hitting the individual. He said he did so in self defense.

If convicted on a felony charge of simple robbery Lauer could face up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to $20,000. A felony theft charge has a maximum sentence of five years and a maximum fine of $10,000 and a fifth degree assault charge, a misdemeanor, has a maximum sentence of 90 days and a maximum fine of $1,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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