Two people are facing armed robbery charges, accused of robbing a Super 8 hotel in Brooklyn Center at gunpoint, then trying to flee in an SUV, but instead fleeing on foot after the vehicle got stuck in a snowbank.
Keanu Dewone Ross, 28, of Minneapolis, and Antoinette Deniece Mae Dobyne, 28, of Fargo, made their initial court appearances Wednesday after being charged in federal court in connection to the Feb. 14 robbery.
According to a U.S. Attorney's Office of Minnesota news release, around 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 14, police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Super 8 hotel in Brooklyn Center.
An employee told police two men, both with firearms, ordered him to the ground at gunpoint and took his cell phone, car keys and cash from the business, and then told him to run from the scene, the release says.
When the employee was fleeing, he heard multiple gunshots, and officers found a discharged cartridge casing at the scene.
Surveillance camera video shows two men committing the robbery as described by the employee. It also showed the suspects running from the hotel toward an SUV, then fleeing on foot after the vehicle got stuck in a snowbank, the release notes.
Police found Dobyne in the SUV, and later that day Ross called police to ask about the release of the SUV, identifying himself as the boyfriend of the SUV's driver, the release states. After a search of the vehicle, police found a wallet with Ross' ID inside.
Earlier in the night, Ross was detained during a traffic stop by Minneapolis police officers. Police confiscated a semiautomatic pistol they found on Ross – forensic analysis of the cartridge from the hotel matched the confiscated gun, the release said.
Ross has prior felony convictions, so he is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.
At this week's hearing, Ross was ordered to remain in custody pending a formal detention hearing scheduled for July 20. He is charged in federal court with aiding and abetting interference with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act); using, carrying and discharging a firearm during and relation to a crime of violence; and felon in possession of a firearm.
Dobyne is charged in federal court with aiding and abetting interference with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act).
There is no word on if the other man mentioned as being involved in the robbery has been charged.