Man in custody after armed robbery attempt in Victoria

A Chanhassen man has been arrested following an armed robbery attempt at a Victoria liquor store yesterday, according to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded Monday afternoon to a 911 call reporting an armed robbery at Hi-Five Liquors in Victoria.

According to a press release, a white male – later identified as Joseph Scot Lacek, 26 – entered the store and approached a store employee while brandishing a handgun and demanding money. Lacek then set the gun down while he put on a glove and the employee attempted to grab the gun. Lacek regained control of the weapon after a brief struggle, and the store employee fled as Lacek pointed the gun at him, according to the sheriff’s department.

After the struggle, Lacek fled the story and got into a vehicle. A witness photographed Lacek leaving in the vehicle, and provided a description and license plate number to law enforcement.

Lacek was taken into custody at his Chanhassen home and was booked in the Carver County Jail. Deputies noted that a handgun was recovered at Lacek’s residence.

The incident remains under investigation, though the sheriff’s office does not believe any other suspects were involved.

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