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Burnsville carjacking suspect charged with aggravated robbery

He was arrested at the Mall of America on Tuesday.

Authorities have filed charges against a man accused of carjacking a woman in Burnsville and then using her credit cards across the metro area. 

The crime took place outside a local retail store last Monday, when the woman was approached by a man with a gun demanding her car. She later told police he "physically struggled" with her — leaving her with a bruise – before fleeing in her vehicle, which contained her purse and other belongings. 

According to the criminal charges filed against 27-year-old Dustin McLeod on Thursday, police were able to identify him using surveillance video from the store, where he had used his Minnesota ID to obtain a merchandise return card. 

Later that day, the charges say, the victim reported that her credit cards had been used fraudulently across the metro area, further helping authorities track the suspect's movements. 

On Tuesday, security officers at the Mall of America identified the stolen car and used surveillance footage to locate the suspect within the mall. 

He was apprehended and found with the victim's car key and credit cards, and reported to authorities that he had taken meth and heroin, the criminal complaint says. 

A search of the vehicle turned up a CO2-powered BB handgun and "various hypodermic needles," among other evidence. The victim picked McLeod out of a lineup on Wednesday.

He's now charged with aggravated robbery in the first degree, a crime that carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines. 

According to Southwest News Media, McLeod has prior convictions for driving an uninsured vehicle, giving a police officer a false name, disorderly conduct, theft and felony firearm possession, among others. 

The site says he's scheduled to make a court appearance on Sept. 23.

 

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