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Man charged with hitching a ride, then robbing the driver

By Janice Gregorson

gregor@postbulletin.com

Bail has been set at $50,000 for a 22-year-old Rochester man charged with robbing a teenage boy after being given a ride home Tuesday.

Charles Antonio Gayles, 114 111⁄2; St. S.E., Rochester, was arraigned in Olmsted District Court on Friday on charges of second-degree aggravated robbery and fifth-degree controlled substance crime, both felonies. He returns to court April 14.

According to the criminal complaint, Gayles approached the 17-year-old and his friend at the Kwik Trip on Third Avenue Southeast shortly after 1 p.m. and asked for a ride home.

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The complaint said Gayles showed the teens a bag of marijuana.

Once at Gayles' residence, the victims said, Gayles yelled to the driver to give him money or he would shoot. The boy said he was scared and gave Gayles a bank envelope containing $160 he had just gotten from cashing his paycheck. Gayles then jumped out of the car and told the two never to come around that area again.

Officers viewed the Kwik Trip surveillance video and saw a man get out of one car and approach the teen, then get into the teen's car.

The surveillance tape led officers to Gayles. The victims were shown a photo lineup and identified Gayles as the robber.

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