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Anthony Partee (St. Croix County Jail photo)

NR robbery suspect arrested in Hudson

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The Hudson Police Department arrested a Minnesota man last week suspected in multiple armed robberies, including two at the Cash Store in New Richmond.

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Anthony Partee of Oakdale, Minn., was arrested on Thursday, March 6, on a felony warrant out of Minnesota and on suspicion of two City of Hudson robberies – one at the Check ‘n Go on Jan. 8 and the Super 8 hotel on Jan. 21.

At 7:10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, employees at Hudson’s Cash Store called 911 and told dispatchers that a man in the store was acting suspiciously, as if “casing” the business. The employee told the dispatcher that the man appeared to match the description of a suspect who robbed the Cash Store in New Richmond a few weeks ago.

On Thursday, March 6, Hudson Police set up surveillance near Hudson’s Cash Store and spotted a minivan with the potential suspect enter the parking lot at about 6:35 p.m. The van matched the description and partial license plate of one used in a robbery on Feb. 5 in Lakeville, Minn. The van left the Cash Store lot and went to the area of Plaza 94. When police followed the van, they learned that it belonged to Partee, who had a warrant for his arrest out of Minnesota.

Officers conducted a felony stop and took Partee into custody. According to the criminal complaint, a later search of the van produced evidence connected to the earlier robberies in the region, including a black handgun and a duffel bag, shoes, dew rags, ski masks, cable zip ties, Check ‘n Go paperwork and clear safety glasses.

Partee eventually admitted to robberies in Hudson, New Richmond, Onalaska, La Crosse and Lakeville, Minn., however, he did not admit to the January robbery in New Richmond.

“The guy admitted to the second armed robbery here in town, but he hasn’t admitted to the first one. We have some more work to do on that,” said New Richmond Police Chief Mark Samelstad. “Because the guy had a mask on the first time the victim of the robbery said it was a white male with a mask on. He (Partee) is a light-skinned African-American. We have some evidence to send into the crime lab that might tie it into the same guy.”

According to the criminal complaint, Partee told police that he had been working at a factory in Hammond in 2013 as a temporary employee, and was devastated when the company decided not to hire him full time. He said he felt the decision was based on his race, and that he had reached his breaking point.

He said he had collected $15,000 from the various robberies, but that the money was gone from paying bills, according to the criminal complaint. He also said that his intention was to rob the Hudson Cash Store on March 6, but he was spooked because he felt the clerk was suspicious of him.

Currently, Partee faces just two Class C felony charges of armed robbery with threat of force in St. Croix County.

Doug Stohlberg contributed to this report

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Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley joined RiverTown Multimedia in July 2013 and serves as editor at the New Richmond News. In the past he has worked at several news outlets including Patch.com in Hudson, Wis., the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis., and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. He began his career as a Marine Corps journalist. He served as a reporter and photographer in Okinawa, Japan, and editor of the base newspaper at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
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