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Published March 26 2012

Duluth man pleads guilty in Fargo McDonald's robbery thwarted by hot grease

FARGO – A Duluth, Minn., man who tried to rob a McDonald’s restaurant here in November but was thwarted by restaurant employees pleaded guilty Monday to a felony robbery charge in Cass County District Court.

A pre-sentence investigation and psychological evaluation were ordered for 30-year-old Andrew Harland Salus, said Assistant State’s Attorney Tristan Van de Streek.

Prosecutors alleged that Salus entered the McDonald’s at 1001 38th St. S. on Nov. 13, displayed a handgun, demanded money and hit an employee in the head with the handgun.

Police said Salus was burned by hot grease or cooking oil during the struggle with two employees, which was still going on when officers arrived.

In court Monday, Salus blamed his actions on substance addiction, Van de Streek said.