Rochester man arrested in multiple robberies

September 22, 2018


A Rochester man believed to be involved in multiple robberies was arrested early Friday.

Yiep Lam, 23, was arrested around 2 a.m. at The Gates of Rochester, Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin said. Lam could face felony charges of fifth-degree controlled substance possession, first-degree aggravated robbery, terroristic threats and two simple robbery as well as several gross misdemeanor charges, according to Olmsted County Adult Detention Center records.

Officers on patrol in the area spotted Lam walking to an apartment in the area and arrested him on probable cause for two robberies, Sherwin said.

At the time of his arrest, Lam allegedly had 62 Xanax pills and an ounce of marijuana in his pocket, Sherwin said.

Sherwin said Lam was connected to robberies that occurred on Wednesday and on Sept. 11.

On Sept. 11, a 28-year-old Rochester man reported to police around 3 a.m. that he had been robbed at gunpoint at an ATM in the area of the Premier Bank on First Avenue Southwest, according to Sherwin.

On Wednesday, a Rochester 17-year-old drove himself to the police department around 11:10 p.m. after his 2013 GMC crashed into a storage building at 3950 10th Ave. NW.

The teen-ager had suffered significant facial injuries from an alleged assault that occurred earlier that evening when a group of people, including a Snapchat friend – who police said was Lam – allegedly assaulted him and took his phone and credit card, Sherwin said.

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