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Duluth man charged in 'brazen' robbery of delivery driver

A prosecutor indicated she will seek a lengthy sentence for the suspect accused of brandishing a gun while taking the man's car and wallet.

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DULUTH — The man arrested after a "particularly brazen" armed robbery of a DoorDash delivery driver has a violent criminal history and should be sentenced as a "dangerous offender," a prosecutor said.

Teigre Ramone Collins, 33, of Duluth, was arraigned Wednesday in State District Court on charges of aggravated first-degree robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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Teigre Ramone Collins

Collins has previously been convicted of both of those offenses in Ramsey County and remains on supervised probation, according to court records.

The Duluth robbery was reported shortly after 9 p.m. Monday near the intersection of 11th Avenue East and Third Street. The delivery driver told police he had dropped off an order and returned to his car when he was confronted by a man with a gun, according to a criminal complaint.

The driver told police that the man demanded his car keys, but he refused. He then demanded his wallet, which the driver gave up before leaving the area and calling 911. The gun was never pointed at the victim, but was visible in the suspect's hand, according to the complaint.

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The 2021 Mazda CX5 was missing when the driver returned to the scene; he told police it can be operated without keys, as the vehicle will start if a remote fob is in close proximity.

Officers began looking for the car, finding it within an hour outside the Gateway Tower apartment complex, 600 W. Superior St. Collins, matching a suspect given by the victim, was then see leaving the building and was arrested without incident, the complaint states.

A pat-down of Collins allegedly resulted in the seizure of a semiautomatic handgun with an extended magazine from his jacket pocket. The gun was loaded with numerous rounds, including one in the chamber, according to the complaint.

Police then did a face-to-face identification, with the driver reporting he was 80% certain Collins was the man who had robbed him, the complaint states. Collins also allegedly had the victim's credit cards with him, as well as a receipt from a 9:30 p.m. purchase at a liquor store.

Collins pleaded guilty in 2013 to the Ramsay County robbery case and was granted a departure from sentencing guidelines — receiving 15 years of supervised probation instead of a 6 ½-year prison term.

He subsequently pleaded guilty in 2021 to illegally possessing a firearm. A judge at that point granted him another break from guidelines, discharging his prior robbery sentence and placing him on four years of supervised probation, through November 2025.

St. Louis County prosecutor Kristen Swanson noted that Collins has been prohibited from possessing firearms since August 2013, "yet continues to do so."

"The attack on the victim is particularly brazen and was completed in the absence (of) provocation or justification," Swanson told a judge. "The defendant has been given the significant past benefit of dispositional departures, and despite presently being on supervision after receiving a second dispositional departure for only a matter of months, has resumed committing crimes (of) violence. The defendant's risk to public safety is significant."

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Judge David Johnson granted the prosecutor's request to set bail at $100,000 and deny any conditional release options for Collins.

Swanson said she expects to file a notice of an intent to seek an aggravated sentence should Collins be convicted of the Duluth robbery. She said he qualifies for a dangerous offender designation, which could potentially result in a sentence that is double the guideline term — up to approximately 18 years in prison.

Collins' next court appearance was scheduled for June 21.

Tom Olsen has covered crime and courts for the Duluth News Tribune since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth and a lifelong resident of the city. Readers can contact Olsen at 218-723-5333 or tolsen@duluthnews.com.
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