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Man arrested in robbery says he must have been sleepwalking

August 21, 2018

Hemphill

A Rochester man was arrested early Saturday after he allegedly punched another man, pointed a gun at him and took his wallet.

Anthony Hemphill, 22, may face a felony charge of first-degree aggravated robbery for the incident, according to Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin.

Rochester Police were flagged down around 1 a.m. Saturday by a 50-year-old Wisconsin man. The man told police he was robbed in an alley off of First Avenue Southwest after he went outside for a smoke with a man he had been talking to in a bar, Sherwin said.

The man told police he was “sucker punched” in the face and then had a handgun pointed at his chin. He told police the man who did it was wearing khakis and a white shirt with a Chicago Bulls emblem, Sherwin said.

About 20 minutes later a Rochester Police lieutenant in the area of 16th Avenue and Second Street Southwest saw a man who matched the description at a Holiday Station. The lieutenant detained the man while officers brought the Wisconsin man to the scene, Sherwin said.

Police said that inside Hemphill’s wallet they found the Wisconsin man’s debit card. Hemphill denied the incident and denied being downtown.

When officers asked Hemphill why he was seen on surveillance footage downtown, Hemphill allegedly told officers he must have been sleepwalking.

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