Skip to main content

A man wanted for holding up a Twin Cities thrift store at gunpoint was taken into custody Monday after police say he fired a weapon during a foot chase.

The St. Anthony Police Department said Monday Randolph S. Anderson has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 24 robbery at Hidden Treasures. 

Anderson, of St. Paul, was charged Friday with first-degree aggravated robbery. The charges allege he brought a few items and a duffel bag to the checkout counter at 2915 Pentagon Drive and, while being rung up, handed the cashier note, demanding money or "people would get shot."

He then drove off in a carjacked pickup truck, authorities said.

Investigators identified the 50-year-old Anderson after he used his rewards card at a nearby Cub Foods, according to the charges.

Read more: Cub Foods rewards account helps ID armed robbery suspect

But Anderson, for a week, had managed to evade arrest.

That changed Monday afternoon when Roseville police were called to a car crash near Snelling Avenue and Skillman Avenue around 12:30 p.m., the department said in a news release. While officers were on the way, they learned the driver who caused the wreck ran off from the scene. 

Authorities looked up the abandoned vehicle and found Anderson — who had a warrant out for his arrest and was on federal probation — was the registered owner, according to the Roseville Police Department. That sparked a multi-agency search, with officers from Roseville, St. Anthony and the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office called to the scene.

After about 20 minutes, they spotted Anderson on foot along Snelling Avenue near County Road B. The Roseville Police Department said he showed a handgun, then took off running.

Officers chased him to a condominium building on the 1600 block of Highway 36 and told him to surrender, but he instead fired one shot from his pistol (the release does not say where he aimed) then forced his way into the condo through a sliding glass door, according to the department.

Anderson, authorities said, then ran out through the other side of the building, where officers were waiting to grab him. He threw his handgun, which was believed to be stolen, at a squad car and was arrested, the police department said. 

Anderson was booked into Hennepin County Jail at 4:31 p.m. He could face additional criminal charges in connection with the crash and chase, according to the Roseville Police Department. 

Next Up

Thomas Lane

Ex-cop Thomas Lane pleads guilty to manslaughter in George Floyd killing

The former Minneapolis police officer appeared in court on Wednesday morning.

14 W Main St, Anoka, MN 55303, United States - September 2021

2 dead after driver flees cop in Coon Rapids, crashes in Anoka

The double-fatal crash happened on Main Street near Ferry Street in Anoka.

Adam Hunter Pattishall.

Fleeing suspect charged in crash that left husband dead, wife critical

Daniel Joseph Fisher, 57, died from multiple blunt force injuries in a crash Sunday. His wife, Cathleen, is in critical condition as of Tuesday.

storm, severe weather

Threat of severe weather returns to Minnesota for 2 days

Isolated severe storms Wednesday, followed by scattered severe storms Thursday.


1 dead, 2 injured in crash at intersection in Ramsey

The crash happened at the intersection of Bunker Lake Blvd. and Sunfish Lake Blvd.

Tettegouche State Park bridge

Trails reopen as waters subside, but bridges damaged at Tettegouche State Park

Water levels on the river have dropped about six to eight feet since Friday.

Keith Harvell

Body pulled from Mississippi River ID'd as missing Elk River man

Keith Harvell had been missing since early last month.

900 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - July 2021

2 victims identified in double-fatal north Minneapolis shooting

A 21-year-old man and a 51-year-old man were identified as the people who died at the scene this past weekend.

Proctor football

Former Proctor HS football player pleads guilty to sexual assault of teammate

The case will also remain in juvenile court, with conditions.

Doug Wardlow

Doug Wardlow reneges on promise, will challenge GOP's AG candidate in primary

Wardlow's announcement sparked swift criticism from the MN GOP and the party-endorsed candidate, Jim Schultz.

Flickr - welcome to minnesota sign - Tony Webster

US News '150 Best Places to Live' features 1 from MN, 3 from WI

The latest US News list is for the most populous metro areas only, so no small towns.


st anthony armed robbery screengrab

Armed man robs Twin Cities thrift store, flees in carjacked pickup

He pulled out a handgun shortly after chatting with the cashier about his scarf.

bryn mawr market GSV 414 Cedar Lake Rd S, Minneapolis, Minnesota - August - crop 2021

Charges: 15-year-old shot young cashier in foot, stomach

He's one of three teenagers charged in connection with the violent incident.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Charges: Driver threw 'large rocks' at police car during highway chase

Authorities say the suspect had used methamphetamine earlier in the day.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

2 teens suspected in 20 robberies arrested after police chase

They are suspects in 23 cases in three Twin Cities counties.

moorhead police

Shots fired as police chase suspect in Moorhead

The police officer had been investigating "suspicious activity" the afternoon of July 4.

st anthony armed robbery screengrab

Cub Foods rewards account helps ID armed robbery suspect

He apparently shopped for fresh fruit shortly after robbing a thrift store.

bryn mawr market GSV 414 Cedar Lake Rd S, Minneapolis, Minnesota - August - crop 2021

Market robbery, shooting: Teens ages 14, 15 and 16 arrested

MPD says the young cashier at the shop was shot twice and is in serious condition.

Harris Winfield Stearns Co St. CLoud robbery - 11.05.21

Man pistol whipped during afternoon robbery in St. Cloud, police say

The victim had been carrying $3,400 in cash, according to charges.