After a 24-year-old man was fatally shot in St. Paul, police have been looking for clues as to who was involved. Now, nearly three months after the alleged homicide, police have charged a couple for their supposed involvement in this violent crime. The 22-year-old man was recently arrested in a Bloomington hotel room. It is unclear when the 19-year-old woman was arrested, but both were charged earlier this week.
A witness claims he saw the young man across the street open fire on his friend, fatally injuring him. According to the Pioneer Press, the witness said that he had seen the 22-year-old in a black and silver Dodge Magnum earlier that day and there was a similar looking Magnum in the area at the time of the shooting. While the witness said he made the connection between the suspect and the car that was nearby at the time of the shooting, the shooter did not attempt to escape by car, which may cast doubt on the witness’s identification of the suspect as the shooter.
The woman was arrested after police used the city’s surveillance camera to track the Magnum’s movements across the city. The video captured the woman exiting the car and heading into a residence on Conway Street prior to the shooting. Police claim that the woman provided inaccurate or misleading information. Officers allege she intentionally obstructed the homicide investigation. Police eventually charged her with aiding an offender.
After officers brought the man in, he was charged with intentional second-degree murder. Both the boyfriend and girlfriend were charged in Ramsey County District Court.
Source: Pioneer Press, “Former Inver Grove Heights couple charged in fatal St. Paul shooting,” Emily Gurnon, Dec. 13, 2011