by Jim Boyle
Elk River Police have traced a fingerprint to a 43-year-old Brooklyn Park man suspected in a May 5 robbery of HiTech Motorsports in Elk River.
Officers called to the business at 7:12 a.m. that day arrived to find an adult male who said he had been assaulted by a white man wearing a red bandanna over his face, which came off during a tussle, and a Carhart jacket, according to a warrant filed last month in Sherburne County 10th District Court.
Shawn Richard Burrington was later arrested and he is being held in Wright County Jail for Sherburne County. His next court appearance is an omnibus hearing on July 26.
The victim told police he had arrived at the business a short time before the altercation, the warrant complaint said. When he was opening the door to the business, Burrington allegedly came up from behind him and began punching him in the back of the head, the complaint states.
The accused then allegedly forced him inside the building and tried to put a white pillow case over his head and duct tape over his mouth. The victim told police he fought with the man and was eventually able to force him out of the building, the complaint said.
The suspect, however, demanded he give him all the money he had and made off with $700.
The victim had marks on his face and bruising on his right ear as well as small lacerations on his hands and arms and rug burns and scrape marks on his knees that were reported to be the result of the assault.
Police found a pillow case, a roll of duct tape and a small piece of duct tape that they were able to lift a fingerprint from.
That print matched Burrington’s right middle finger fingerprint, the complaint said.
The victim identified Burrington out of a photo lineup.
Police have also uncovered photos on social media showing Burrington wearing a red bandanna on his head and a dark green Carhart jacket.
Elk River Police arrested Burrington on Sherburne and Hennepin county warrants. In Sherburne County he is charged with two felonies, including aggravated robbery in the first degree and simple robbery. He is also charged with misdemeanor assault in the fifth degree.
On the charge of first-degree robbery he faces up to 25 years of imprisonment and a $35,000 fine. Simple robbery comes with a possible sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine.
by Jim Boyle