The man and woman accused of an armed robbery of Northfield's America's Best Value Inn and Suites in October have been indicted in federal court.
Eric Wade Forcier, 27, of Farmington, and Julie Ann Campana, 23, of Apple Valley, were charged with one count of interference with commerce by robbery pursuant to the Hobbs Act, and one count of using, carrying, possessing, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, according to the United States Department of Justice. Forcier is also charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment was filed on Dec. 3, 2012, and the defendants made their initial appearances in federal court Tuesday, Dec. 4.
According to the indictment, on Oct. 29, 2012, Forcier and Campana robbed the America's Best Value Inn and Suites at 1420 Riverview Dr., in Northfield. Forcier and Campana allegedly used a .32-caliber pistol during this robbery and took approximately $100 in cash, coin, and three cordless telephones.
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Forcier was previously convicted in Dakota County of second-degree drug possession and possession of stolen property in 2008. In 2007, Forcier was convicted of fifth-degree drug possession and fleeing police in a motor vehicle.
Forcier was charged last month in Rice County District Court with four felonies, including first-degree aggravated robbery, use of a deadly force against a peace officer, intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety and reckless discharge of firearm within a municipality, all connected to the armed robbery of the hotel and the subsequent manhunt. He next appears in Rice County District Court on Dec. 18.
The maximum penalty for all charges is 44 years in prison and/or a $75,000 fine.
Campana was charged with first-degree aiding and abetting aggravated robbery, a felony. She faces up to 20 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine. Campana next appears in Rice County District Court on Dec. 14.