Eagan woman gets probation for hotel robbery

Jennifer Anderson
Jennifer Anderson

An Eagan woman avoided serving time in prison for her role in a 2013 robbery and assault at an Eagan hotel.

Jennifer Marlene Anderson received a stayed 88-month prison sentence on April 7 after pleading guilty in a Dakota County court to felony first-degree aggravated robbery.

Anderson, 41, was also sentenced to one year in Dakota County Jail and 10 years of supervised probation. She received credit for the year she served in jail while awaiting trial.

Anderson acted as a lookout and helped take personal property during the July 9 robbery.

Her accomplice, Nathan Scott 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.

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 2013.

Hayden, who has a history of violence, was sentenced in November to five years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree aggravated robbery.

Charges of false imprisonment and terroristic threats were dismissed.

No one else has been charged in the incident.