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Past sex crimes led to arrest of Alexandria robbery suspect

Michael Wayne Warren

ALEXANDRIA, MN -- An Alexandria man's past sex crimes led to his arrest in three armed robberies in Alexandria, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Douglas County District Court.

The robberies were committed Feb. 23 at a Subway restaurant, March 10 at a Premiere Video store and March 18 at a Super America convenience store.

Investigators, knowing that the robber sexually assaulted female clerks in two of the robberies, began interviewing registered predatory offenders in the area, which led them to 27-year-old Michael Wayne Warren.

Warren was convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Big Stone County in 2008.

When officers interviewed Warren at his residence this past week, they noticed he was "very nervous," walked backward away from them and into a bedroom, according to the complaint.

Officers saw two $100 bills on a table and a dark-colored jacket that had "currency coming out of the pockets," the complaint said.

When asked about his whereabouts on the nights of the robberies, Warren told investigators he was working on two of the nights and was with a friend moving into his new residence at the time of the other robbery.

Officers later learned from his employer that Warren wasn't working those nights and that he had only moved one bed during the afternoon of the third crime.


Officers talked to a former girlfriend of Warren's who told them he had a distinct walk as a result of an injury that happened when he was in the Navy. The robber shown on surveillance cameras has the same kind of walk, a pronounced outstep, according to authorities.

Officers also focused on the robber's voice, which was recorded at one of the stores. Warren's probation officer listened to the recording and identified the voice as Warren's, according to the complaint.

Other surveillance video images showed a red-colored Dodge Durango traveling near two of the robbery sites, Subway and Super America, at the time of the crimes. Warren told officers that his vehicle was a red Dodge Durango.

Warren was arrested Friday.

He was charged Monday with 11 felony counts, including three counts of first-degree aggravated robbery, three counts of kidnapping, three counts of false imprisonment and two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.

Bail was set at $1 million with no conditions, $600,000 with conditions or a bond of $750,000. His next court appearance is set for March 31.