Alleged robbery try ends in arrest (Cloquet, MN)
By: Lisa Baumann, Pine Journal
Last week, just two days after he was sentenced in Duluth for felony assault, Davarquez Chavez Wheeler was arrested for attempting to rob a Cloquet police detective.
Wheeler, 21, was charged Friday in Carlton County Court with felony first-degree attempted aggravated robbery and felony possession of a firearm.
According to the complaint: Cloquet police detectives had been advised that Wheeler was involved in numerous armed robberies during drug transactions in the Duluth area. After learning Wheeler was seeking a dealer to rob of a large amount of marijuana, detectives arranged to meet with him under the pretense of selling him the drug.
On Wednesday, they met in the Cloquet Super One Foods parking lot but, because Wheeler was uncomfortable being in a public place, they set up a meeting at the soccer fields near Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on Thursday.
With a search warrant granting them the capability to track Wheelers cell phone, officers were able to tell what vehicle he was traveling in and where he was as he approached the soccer fields. When he arrived, Cloquet police Detective Darrin Berg arrested Wheeler before Wheeler could rob him.
Wheeler had a loaded .45-caliber handgun by his side and was wearing a ski mask at the time of his arrest, documents said.
Authorities say Wheeler later confessed that he was intending to rob the detective of one pound of marijuana and that the man who drove him to the scene, John Stanley Hofbauer of Hermantown, was to receive one-quarter pound of the marijuana.
Hofbauer, 34, was charged with aiding and abetting first-degree felony aggravated robbery and had bond set at $50,000.
Wheeler, who is staying in Duluth but said he lives in Laurens, S.C., had bond set at $100,000 after Carlton County Attorney Thomas Pertler said Wheeler was a flight risk who committed a really heinous crime [two] days after he was sentenced for a felony.
On Feb. 2, Wheeler was sentenced for third-degree assault in connection with a Sept. 20 incident in Duluth. He was sentenced to two years probation and 10 days of sentence to service or 80 hours of community service work.
Davarquez Chavez Wheeler