Two people have been charged in connection to several carjackings in the Twin Cities metro last year.
Jeremiah Lee Ironrope, 24, and Krisanne Marie Benjamin, 25, both of Minneapolis, have been charged in federal court in connection to multiple carjackings across the Twin Cities last year.
In a news release, the U.S. Attorney's Office, citing the indictments, says Ironrope and Benjamin used "force, violence and intimidation, with the intent to cause serious bodily harm" to steal three vehicles last year:
- A 2008 Lexus ES350 on July 26, 2020
- A 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe on Aug. 7, 2020
- A 2017 Audi A4 on Aug. 28, 2020, in which Irondale is accused of brandishing a sawed-off shotgun.
Ironrope is also accused of using the same force to steal a 2015 GMC Terrain on Dec. 20, 2020, the release says.
The FBI and police departments in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Maple Grove, Richfield, Edina and Roseville, as well as the Minnesota State Patrol, assisted in the investigation.
Ironrope is charged with four counts of carjacking and one count of using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. He made his first court appearance on Monday.
Benjamin is charged with three counts of carjacking. She made her first court appearance on March 25.
The number of carjackings in the Twin Cities metro has surged in the past year, including 405 in Minneapolis in 2020. What's happening in Minnesota mirrors a trend nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.