Safety OK after Alleged Student Knife Robbery in Shakopee, Officials Say

Updated: 02/06/2013 11:47 AM By: Maricella Miranda

Shakopee school officials say an alleged robbery in a school parking lot hasn't heightened concerns about school safety at the alternative high school.

"We're always concerned about security and the students' safety," said John Bezek, assistant principal at Tokata Learning Center, which has about 65 students.

Student Adrian W. Lloyd Lewis, 19, of Shakopee, has been accused of threatening another student last month with a knife and then stealing $200 from him.

Police arrested Lewis, according to the Scott County Sheriff's Office. He's since been released from custody on $50,000 bail.

The alleged robbery happened Jan. 8 after school hours in the school's parking lot, which also shares parking with a conjoined shopping center, Bezek said.

Lewis reportedly pushed a 17-year-old student, who was identified by his initials in the charges, and demanded his money, according to the criminal complaint.

When the student refused, Lewis pulled a silver knife from his pocket, pushed him down and took $200 from his wallet, the complaint said. Two witnesses also saw the incident.

The following day, a group of students began threatening Lewis in the parking lot. Police later discovered that Lewis was being threatened because of the allegedly robbery.

Lewis is accused of assaulting one of the witnesses Jan. 9, the complaint said.

Bezek said that incident also happened outside of school.

Lewis has been charged with felony counts of second-degree aggravated robbery and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Lewis is not longer attending the school.

The alleged robbery hasn't been a topic of conversation at Tokata Learning Center, which serves students in grades 10th through 12th, Bezek said.

"It's really been a non-issue," he added.