Arrest linked to Windom robberies

Two robberies in Windom were among five March 1

WINDOM — The man charged Friday in connection with a recent West Bank robbery may have had a role in two March 1 Windom neighborhood robberies, Minneapolis Police reported.

Cecil Orlando Shaw, 25, was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and kidnapping, both felonies, for an incident occurring at about 1:30 a.m. March 1. A second man was suspected in the crime, but police reported only one arrest.

Police said Shaw approached a woman near the intersection of 19th Avenue South and 6th Street South in a van, ordered the woman inside the van and forced her to surrender her purse, cell phone and some articles of clothing. The victim escaped and called 911 from a nearby residence, police reported.

That incident was just one in a string of five aggravated robberies around Minneapolis during the early morning hours of March 1. In each case, two male suspects approached their victims in a vehicle and used a handgun to rob the victims.

Two robberies reportedly took place later that morning in Windom. Victims were robbed one the 100 block of 59th Street at about 2 a.m. and near the intersection of 61st Street and Wentworth Avenue about half an hour later, police said.

Police suspected Shaw in five robberies, total, and expected more charges soon.