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Footprints in snow lead Duluth police to armed robbery suspect

Friday’s newly fallen snow helped police officers track down a man suspected of robbing a Subway restaurant at gunpoint in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the Duluth Police Department reported.

Police were called to the restaurant at 2701 W. Superior St. just before 7:30 a.m. on reports that a man with a handgun entered the store and robbed a 26-year-old female employee of money from the cash register and then took a 58-year-old male customer’s wallet.

The suspect was reported to have left the store on foot.

Officers were able to follow footprints to the area of the Western Building at 28th Avenue West and Superior Street. Officers saw a taxicab parked at the building and found the suspect in the back seat. The handgun, stolen money and stolen wallet all were recovered, police said.

The suspect was arrested and booked in the St. Louis County Jail for first-degree aggravated robbery. The News Tribune generally does not name suspects until they are formally charged in court.

Duluth police said the suspect has numerous previous convictions, including gross misdemeanor for obstructing-interfering with police in 2006; marijuana in a motor vehicle and providing a false name to police in 2008; felony financial transaction fraud and fourth-degree criminal damage to property in 2009; driving after suspension in 2011; gross misdemeanor DWI, felony theft and misdemeanor theft in 2012; and providing a false name to police in 2013.