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Woodbury man charged with burglary, assault

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Woodbury man charged with burglary, assault
Woodbury Minnesota 8420 City Centre Drive 55125

A night of shoplifting turned sour when a Woodbury man's purported accomplice allegedly became his robbery victim.

Stefon Banks, 20, was charged with first-degree burglary while committing an assault following a Jan. 13 incident at a Woodbury residence. He makes his initial court appearance today.

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According to a complaint filed in Washington County District Court, Banks and a juvenile male were involved in a 6 p.m. Jan. 13 shoplifting incident at the Kohl's store in Woodbury.

Banks fled on foot, the complaint states, while the juvenile male allegedly left the scene in his parents' vehicle and was later stopped by police. He was released to his father.

According to the complaint, the juvenile male received a call later that night from Banks who allegedly demanded money to cover the cost of the shoplifting ticket he anticipated receiving. The juvenile refused.

Banks, who was also charged with fifth-degree assault, allegedly responded, "You'll see."

At about 10 p.m. another male known to Banks arrived at the juvenile male's residence in the 400 block of Woodduck Place to retrieve a blender, according to the complaint.

The youth told police that he shut and locked the door after that person left, but then heard a voice yell, "Hey!" He said he unlocked the door and began to open it when a person - who the youth later identified as Banks - forced his way in and threw him into a wall.

Banks then allegedly pushed the juvenile to the ground and demanded money. The juvenile said Banks told him that if he didn't turn over the money, he would take his iPod - which he was holding in his hand - instead.

Banks allegedly attempted to wrestle away the iPod, breaking the device's headphones in the process. According to the juvenile male's statement, Banks then pinned him to the floor and punched him multiple times in the face.

The youth's father, who had been in bed at the time, told police he heard the struggle, ran downstairs and attempted to restrain Banks, assuming he was an intruder.

In an interview with police, Banks first stated he had knocked on the door and was allowed in by the juvenile. He allegedly admitted to demanding money, then the iPod, and that a struggle ensued. Banks later told police he entered the residence through an open door, the complaint states.

The burglary charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. The assault charge calls for a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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