Man gets five years for robbery, assault at Eagan hotel

Nathan Hayden
Nathan Hayden

A South St. Paul man with a history of violence will spend more than five years in prison for a robbery at an Eagan hotel.

Nathan Scott Hayden, 35, pleaded guilty on Oct. 9 to first-degree aggravated robbery for his role in the July 9 incident.

Charges of false imprisonment and terroristic threats were dismissed.

Hayden was sentenced in Dakota County district court to 67 months at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility. He received credit for 64 days served.

According to the complaint, Hayden and three other men barged into a man’s hotel room in Eagan. Hayden had spoken to the victim earlier in the day and learned the man had a large gun collection in his room.

Another alleged accomplice, Jennifer Marlene Anderson, 40, is accused of acting as a lookout during the robbery and taking personal property from the room.

All four men threatened the victim with knives, beat him and forced him to attempt to transfer money from his bank account to Hayden’s.

When they were unsuccessful in getting money from the man’s bank account, the men took the victim’s cellphone and loaded gun supplies, gun optics and other property into his truck. Hayden then took the keys, title and other documentation for the truck and left in the vehicle with the other three men.

Police found the victim’s truck parked outside a St. Paul residence and it was taken by police as evidence. Banking documents and fingerprints inside the vehicle led police to Hayden, who was also identified by the alleged victim in a police lineup.

Hayden and Anderson were arrested and charged in August. Anderson, who was also charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, false imprisonment and felony terroristic threats, has pleaded not guilty. She is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 15.

Hayden has previously been convicted of second-degree assault and terroristic threats.

Anderson has numerous drug convictions between 2002 and 2012.

No charges have been filed against the other three men allegedly involved in the incident.