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Forum News Service, Published June 10 2013

Cass Lake man accused of trying to collect ‘street tax’

BEMIDJI, Minn. — A Cass Lake man was arrested for robbery over the weekend after allegedly telling people they needed to pay a “street tax.”

Aaron John Jones, 35, was arrested after he allegedly blocked the path of two victims who were walking near the Mississippi River bridge in Bemidji at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a press release issued by the Bemidji Police Department.

Jones allegedly told the victims that they needed to pay the “street tax.” When they refused, he allegedly struck one in the face and grabbed the other when they tried to flee the area for help.

Jones wasn’t able to take anything from the victims, according to Bemidji police Chief Mike Mastin.

Bemidji police officers located and arrested Jones soon after the incident. He is being held in Beltrami County Jail on two counts of simple robbery, a felony.