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Man accused of assault at Foster-Arend is charged with robbery

By Jeffrey Pieters

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

A 27-year-old Rochester man is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery for his part in forcibly taking cash from a teenager at Foster-Arend Park.

Jagor Cha, 2222 18th 1/2 Ave. N.W., Apt. 2, was charged in Olmsted District Court on Tuesday. Unconditional bond was set at $50,000. He returns to court on June 11.

According to a criminal complaint, police were called to the park, in north Rochester, around 9:34 p.m. Monday. Witnesses heard yelling and the sounds of chasing in a wooded area of the park.

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The victim, an 18-year-old man, told police he was walking out of the woods with his girlfriend and her sister when two Asian males approached. They asked him for change for a $20 bill, and the man said he didn’t have change.

Then, one of the men punched the 18-year-old in the face, and the other man, Cha, started to choke him, according to the report. The 18-year-old was struck and kicked several more times in the altercation.

Finally, the suspects had the 18-year-old on the ground and were taking money out of his pockets. They also took cell phones from the 18-year-old and his girlfriend and threw them into the woods.

The teenager told police that he had given change earlier to a man who was with the suspects, and that he suspected the man told the others he had some money. He estimated $160 was taken from him.

Police found Cha walking on the bike path near Hy-Vee North, and Cha admitted having been at the lake. He told police he was quite intoxicated and probably would not remember the incident.

Cha was transported back to the park, and the 18-year-old victim identified him as the suspect who had choked and robbed him.

Cha was ordered to have no contact with the victim. Conditional bond was set at $25,000.

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