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Charges: Fired security guard robbed Cowboy Jack's at gunpoint

The complaint says the manager asked Coles if he was kidding, and he pulled out a short-barrelled shotgun.
Credit: Hennepin County Sheriff
Hakeem Alexander Coles

MINNEAPOLIS — A former security guard is charged with stealing $24,000 from Cowboy Jack's at gunpoint, and knocking an employee there unconscious.

According to the criminal complaint, Hakeem Alexander Coles was hired to work security at the Cowboy Jack's bar in downtown Minneapolis, but was fired about two weeks later after he was found sleeping in the back staircase when the bar was closed.

The next morning, Aug. 17 at about 9 a.m., prosecutors say that Coles came to the bar and told a manager he had left his phone in the office. After they entered the office together, the complaint says Coles handed the employee a backpack and told her to fill it with "all the money."

The complaint says the manager asked Coles if he was kidding and told him he didn't have to do this, and he pulled a short-barrelled shotgun from his pants and aimed it at her.

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After she filled the bag, prosecutors say Coles tied her hands with a phone charging cord. The complaint says video surveillance shows Coles, while standing behind her, "violently and with great force" punched her in her right ear area, knocking her unconscious.

The complaint says the victim got up shortly afterward, untied herself, called her supervisor and then called 911.

Minneapolis Police were able to identify Coles from the surveillance video and learned he had an active warrant out for a probation violation related to an aggravated robbery conviction. A probation officer also confirmed it was Coles in the video, according to the complaint.

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