Guilty pleas in GameStop robbery

Ali Robida Ali Robida

Store employee seriously hurt in Rochester crime.

Posted: Oct 29, 2018 4:32 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The violent robbery of a video game store is ending with two guilty pleas.

Ali Joshua Jalil Robida, 20 of Rochester, and Jacob Anthony Meier, 18 of Rochester, were charged with 1st degree assault, 1st degree aggravated robbery, and 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon for the February 19 robbery of the GameStop store in Rochester.

Jacob Meier

Authorities say a store employee was hit on the head with a hammer and seriously injured while Robida and Meier got away with about $1,000 in merchandise.

Both eventually pleaded guilty to 1st degree assault. Robida has been sentenced to seven years and two months in prison, with credit for 220 days already served. Meier’s sentencing is scheduled for December 10.

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