A 41-year-old Fridley man was indicted Feb. 5 in federal court in connection with the armed robberies of two Twin Cities shoe stores in early January.
Peter Christopher Nunn was charged with two counts of interference with commerce by robbery, pursuant to the Hobbs Act. The act allows federal prosecutors to prosecute violent, habitual criminals who commit armed robberies in places of business that involve interstate commerce. Federal prosecution of these cases is sometimes beneficial because federal penalties are often tougher than those imposed under state law. Moreover, because the federal system has no parole, those who receive federal sentences serve virtually their entire prison sentence.
In the case against Nunn, the indictment alleges that on Jan. 5, Nunn stole approximately $300 from the Payless ShoeSource store, 8150 Springbrook Drive in Coon Rapids, while threatening employees with a weapon that was later identified as a BB gun. It also alleges that on Jan. 7, he stole approximately $700 from the Famous Footwear store at 1593 East 17th Ave. in Shakopee in the same manner.
If convicted, Nunn faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each count.