South metro couple indicted in hotel armed robbery

12:54 PM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A south metro couple has been federally indicted for their alleged role in the armed robbery of a hotel in Northfield in late October.

27-year old Eric Wade Forcier and 23-year-old Julie Ann Campana were charged with one count of interference with commerce by robbery pursuant to the Hobbs Act, and one count of using, carrying, possessing, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Forcier is also charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The indictment, filed in federal court Monday, accuses Forcier and Campana of holding up the Americas Best Value Inn and Suites at 1420 Riverview Drive in Northfield early the morning of October 29. Prosecutors say Forcier used a .32-caliber pistol during this robbery and took approximately $100 in cash, coins, and three cordless telephones.

Campana is accused of casing the hotel, and then acting as a getaway driver.

Forcier was previously convicted in Dakota County of second-degree drug possession and possession of stolen property in 2008. He was convicted of fifth-degree drug possession and fleeing police in a motor vehicle one year earlier.

If convicted, Forcier and Campana face a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on one count of Hobbs Act robbery, and seven years on one count of use of a firearm during a violent felony.

Forcier also faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The Hobbs Act, passed by Congress in 1946, provides federal jurisdiction for cases involving violent, habitual criminals who commit armed robbery in businesses involved in interstate commerce.

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