16 people charged in connection with downtown Minneapolis unrest

More than 130 were arrested over last week's rioting.
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Criminal proceedings over the recent rioting in Minneapolis are now getting underway, with prosecutors filing a slew of charges. 

On Friday, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced the charging of 16 people in connection with the civil unrest downtown, which left nearly two dozen businesses with property damage.

The 16 defendants range in age from 18 to 50. All are charged with burglary, though one person, 26-year-old Asante Simmons of Bloomington, was also charged with assaulting an officer "who attempted to stop her from stealing the goods in a nearby underground parking garage," a news release says.

The release also noted that "additional felonies are expected to be charged by 4 p.m." Friday, though it's not clear how many more people, if any, would be added to the list of defendants.

Here's a full list of those charged:

  1. Mubashir Jeilani, 25, of Minneapolis, with second-degree burglary at a CVS Pharmacy located at 2001 Nicollet Avenue on Aug. 26. 
  2. Jason Graves, 23, of Brooklyn Park, with third-degree burglary at a store in the 100 block of West Grant Street on Aug. 26. 
  3. Gerald Wright, 30, of St. Paul, with third-degree burglary at a downtown business on South 7 Street on Aug. 26. 
  4. Avarial McIntosh, 18, of Minneapolis, with third-degree burglary at a downtown business on South 7 Street on Aug. 26.
  5. Armando Ovando, 21, of Lake Elmo, with third-degree burglary at a downtown business on South 7 Street on Aug. 26.
  6. Terry Rean, 50, of Minneapolis, with third-degree burglary at a business near 12 Street and Nicollet Mall on Aug. 26.
  7. Asante Simmons, 26, of Bloomington, with third-degree assault and third-degree burglary for looting from a Foot Locker at 7 Street and then assaulting an officer who attempted to stop her from stealing the goods in a nearby underground parking garage on Aug. 26. 
  8. Yoal Ruei, 18, of Coon Rapids, with third-degree burglary near 12th Street and Nicollet Mall on Aug. 26.
  9. Andrew Kephart, 19, of Aston, with third-degree burglary at the Saloon Bar on Aug. 26. 
  10. Timothy Strong, 48, of St. Paul, with third-degree burglary at the Saloon Bar on Aug. 26. 
  11. Jahmori Hunter, 18, of White Bear Lake, with third-degree burglary at the Saloon Bar on Aug. 26.
  12. David Smith, 22, of Minneapolis, with third-degree burglary at Pixie Liquor in Brooklyn Park on Aug. 27.
  13. Keeshowna Carney, 20, of St. Cloud, with third-degree burglary at Pixie Liquor in Brooklyn Park on Aug. 27.
  14. Phillip Scott, 21, of Brooklyn Park, with third-degree burglary at Pixie Liquor in Brooklyn Park on Aug. 27. 
  15. Shantel Scott, 20, of Brooklyn Park, with third-degree burglary at Pixie Liquor in Brooklyn Park on Aug. 27.
  16. Maia Smith, 20, of Minneapolis with second-degree burglary near the 2000 block of Nicollet Avenue South on Aug. 27.

BringMeTheNews has reached out to the attorney's office for more details.

More than 130 people were arrested in relation to Wednesday's rioting, which followed protests over the death of a man erroneously believed to have been killed by police on Nicollet Mall.

A video shared on Twitter by police appeared to show the man shooting himself with a gun, though misinformation suggesting officers were involved in his death spread on social media, prompting crowds and clashes downtown, leading to a citywide curfew and the Minnesota National Guard being called in.

Police later deleted the video due to a backlash over its graphic nature, though they noted their reason for sharing it was "to dispel rumors that caused significant public safety concerns for our city."

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