Fryer (far left) and Fletcher (near left) remain in custody on $75,000 bail (PHOTOS - BEC Jail)
21-year-old John Wesley Rodiguez Fletcher and 19-year-old Matthew Paul Fryer, both of Mankato, have been in custody in the Blue Earth County Jail since their arrests over the weekend.
Both men are facing five counts of 1st Degree Aggravated Robbery and one count of 2nd Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.
Fletcher is also facing one count of Fleeing A Peace Officer In A Motor Vehicle.
There are all felony charges.
Mankato police say they responded to the report of an armed robbery and assault of a pizza delivery driver at Gary's Pizza in Mankato.
The call for help came in at 8:09 p.m.
The driver told police that he was sitting in the driver's seat of his delivery vehicle when one of two men put a black handgun in his face. After refusing to give the men his money, the victim told police he was punched and kicked. Then they broke out the passenger side window of this delivery vehicle.
The man, identified in court documents as A. A. told the investigating officer that he believed he was going to be shot and was scared for his life. He did tell police he did believe the handgun was a toy.
The men were described as both being while males. One was wearing an orange facemask.
Later that hour, at 8:47 p.m., another robbery of a pizza delivery driver was reported at Topper's Pizza.
The victim, identified as C. E., and a witness described the robbers as white males. Again, one of the men was wearing an orange facemask.
The Topper's Pizza driver told police one of the men approached him and stuck the gun in his stomach. Both men demanded money and C. E. says he handed over 19 $1 bills and about $1 in change.
The victim and witness said the men fled on foot.
While on the way to the scene of the second robbery, Mankato police say they came across an SUV just blocks away from Toppers. The officer followed the SUV and was trying to get a look at the occupants to see if they matched the description given of the robber suspects.
The vehicle was going 37 mph in a 30 mph zone, according to police.
Police say as the officer tried to illuminate the interior of the SUV, it make a turn onto Fifth Street from Washington street without using its turn signal.
The SUV's speed increased to 53 mph through the residential neighborhood, eventually losing control making a sharp turn and hitting a parked pickup truck.
Police say Fletcher fled the vehicle and after a foot chase was taken into custody.
An orange-type ski mask was found in the vehicle.
During a police interview, officer say Fletcher admitted to being present at both robberies and cut his thumb when he broke out the delivery vehicle's window.
As the investigation continued, police say they were able to identify the second suspect at Fryer.
He was arrested Sunday afternoon at his residence without incident.
Fryer and Fletcher were both identified by the two victims and the one witness.