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February 4, 2013

If the shoe fits, a robber might have been wearing it

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MANKATO —

A man claiming to be Gilbert Neal also called 911 and said he was told police were looking for him. That man agreed to meet with officers at the downtown Public Safety Center but never showed up, the complaint said. The cellphone that man used to call 911 is owned by the mother of McNair’s child. She told police Neal had used her phone earlier that night, but she didn’t know where he was. Investigators were able to use a crime information computer system to confirm Chaynce Neal was actually Gilbert Neal.

McNair also told police he had been staying at a woman’s residence near Mocol’s. When officers checked that house, they found a shoe that was the match for the shoe found after the robbery. The woman told police Neal had been there earlier that night and said police were looking for him. She said he was wearing only one shoe, the one that was a match. She said Neal left that shoe behind and took a different pair of shoes before leaving her residence.

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