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Investigation finds no evidence of weapon in alleged robbery in Cyrus

CYRUS – The investigation into an alleged armed robbery in Cyrus that ended with a high-speed chase down Interstate 94 on Wednesday morning has not turned up any information to confirm that a firearm was involved and the alleged victim has declined to cooperate with law enforcement officials.

Wednesday's incident began at approximately 7:45 a.m. when the Pope County Sheriff's Office received a report of a person robbed a gunpoint in the city of Cyrus. When deputies arrived in Cyrus, they couldn't locate the alleged victim, Pope County Sheriff Tim Riley said in a statement.

The third party who reported the incident told officers the suspects were driving a black Ford pickup truck and may be heading east towards Sauk Centre, Riley said.

At about 8:45 a.m., two Minnesota State Troopers spotted a vehicle matching the description near Sauk Centre. When the troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled eastbound along I-94 going as fast as 88 miles per hour, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

The state patrol used a device to deflate the tires of the vehicle near Freeport, but the vehicle continued on several deflated tires. A trooper performed a “pursuit intervention technique” which ran the vehicle off the interstate and through a freeway fence near Albany. In total, the chase covered about 20 miles and lasted approximately 15 minutes.

The three suspects – two adult males and one adult female – were taken into custody without incident.

Early reports indicated there was a weapon involved in the alleged robbery. In his statement, Riley said the Pope County Sheriff's Department has not uncovered any information to confirm that there was a firearm involved.

“The alleged suspects in this incident went to a location where the alleged victim was residing to recover property that had been taken from them,” said Riley. “The alleged victim in this incident does not wish to give any statement or cooperate with law enforcement.”

Riley said his office will not be releasing the names of those involved at this time.

The Sauk Centre Herald contributed to this report.