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Men charged in Burger King beat-down

A Woodbury man and a South St. Paul man were charged with robbery last month after allegedly beating up another man and stealing his phone outside a Burger King restaurant.

Andrew Cory Paulson and Nicholas McDonough-Trost, both 21-year-olds, were both charged with simple robbery — a felony — and gross misdemeanor assault.

According to criminal complaints filed in the case, Woodbury police were called at 9:15 p.m. Aug. 21 to the area of Burger King on Weir Drive for a fight report.

While approaching the area, officers spotted a male walking with a slight limp and his head held low. During an interview with police, the man said he was walking home from Rainbow Foods when he decided to cut through the Burger King drive-thru lane.

That's where he said he encountered two men who started "talking trash," which led to an exchange of words.

The alleged victim said he was walking away from the men when he was pushed to the ground from behind. Paulson, of South St. Paul, and McDonough-Trost, of Woodbury, then punched and kicked him, the complaints state.

According to the allegations, the man heard one of the males yell, "Get his phone, get his phone, get his phone." The other man responded that the phone was in the alleged victim's hand. Shortly after, the alleged victim heard the sound of footsteps as the suspects took off running.

A witness to the incident confirmed the assault, saying one suspect was holding the man in a headlock while the other punched and kicked him. The suspects allegedly took off running after spotting the witness on his phone.

On the scene, police were alerted by a jogger that two males were seen running past her on Upper Afton Road. A police dog tracked the suspects to McDonough-Trost's home. Both men were at the home; McDonough-Trost said the incident began after Paulson and the alleged victim were "talking trash back and forth," which prompted McDonough-Trost to grab the man. A fight ensued and Paulson jumped in, the other suspect said.

McDonough-Trost showed police that he had sustained bloody knuckles, a bloody lip and scrapes as a result of the fight.

McDonough-Trost makes his initial court appearance Sept. 19, while Paulson goes to court on Sept. 25;

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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