Police searching for second suspect in Inver Grove Heights Verizon armed robbery

One man shot by store clerk

Inver Grove Heights police are still searching for the second suspect in an Aug. 17 attempted armed robbery of the Verizon store in the 9000 block of Cahill Avenue.

During the attempted robbery, a store clerk shot one of the alleged robbers, identified as Jamaal Marquie Mays, 32, of Crystal. Mays' alleged accomplice fled.

Mays is recovering at Regions Hospital. According to an Inver Grove Heights press release, he has been released from police custody pending further investigation.

Around 11 a.m., the Inver Grove Heights Police Department was dispatched to the Verizon store on a report of an armed robbery in progress. While officers were responding, dispatch said shots had been fired and at least one person was shot.

Once officers arrived, they located an unidentified male with multiple gunshot wounds in the rear of the store. This man was later identified as Mays, who received first aid until an ambulance arrived.

The preliminary investigation showed multiple gunshots were fired inside the business. According to the press release, two men, one who had a gun, allegedly approached the store clerk in the rear of the store. While being held at gunpoint, the clerk drew his own gun from his waistband and shot the man who had the gun.

When the shots were fired, the other man ran out of the store and fled the scene in a 2000 Honda Odyssey with a bluish-green color and Minnesota license plate of 897RKM. The vehicle has a dent on the rear passenger side of the hatch as well as a dent on the front passenger side quarter panel.

The press release states the department does not think this was a random act. The gun used in the robbery was recovered at the scene.

A person in a neighboring business was grazed by a bullet and suffered a non-life-threatening injury, according to the release.

Inver Grove Heights Lt. Joshua Otis said the Verizon clerk was not charged with a crime. He is cooperating with the police investigation and has a Minnesota permit to carry a concealed gun.

Mays has a criminal history that stretches back more than a decade, according to court documents, including a conviction for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Anyone with information regarding the Honda Odyssey or the second suspect is asked to contact the Inver Grove Heights Police Department at 651-450-2525.

--Hannah Burlingame

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