Man arrested for violent assault, robbery of 78-year-old in Duluth

The victim suffered stab wounds and broken bones in the attack.
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Police investigating the violent robbery of an elderly man in Duluth have made an arrest.

The incident reported at 2 p.m. Tuesday left a 78-year-old resident of the Lakeside neighborhood with stab wounds, broken bones, and facial injuries.

According to Duluth police, the victim had seen a man looking at his truck on the 6100 block of East Superior Street, with the man telling the victim he liked the truck and asked several questions about it.

The man left but returned a short time later to the home, finding the victim in the garage, where he attacked him, took the keys to the truck, and left in the vehicle.

The suspect, a 28-year-old man, was caught a short time later after police found the vehicle near Interstate 35. He has been booked on charges of 1st-degree aggravated robbery, 1st- and 2nd-degree assault, and motor vehicle theft.

A neighbor who was outside mowing raised the alarm after finding the victim.

In a press release, Deputy Chief Steve Stracek said: "These types of robberies and assaults do not happen very often in Duluth.

"When they do, we understand that they are traumatic to not only the victim and their family, but to their neighbors, and collectively to the community. The Duluth Police Department is committed to fully investigating these incidents and dedicated to reducing these types of crimes."

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