Charges: Man tied up teen, ransacked property in Minneapolis home invasion

The suspect will make his first court appearance Wednesday.
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A man linked to almost two-dozen home invasions in Minneapolis has been charged with one he allegedly carried out on Sunday.

Robert Earl Buckingham, 33 of Minneapolis, has been charged with one court of first-degree burglary and one count of first-degree aggravated robbery, according to a release from the Hennepin County Attorney’s office.

According to the criminal complaint, Buckingham allegedly entered a home on the 2700 block of 12th Avenue South on Sunday, where he tied up a 14-year-old boy, ransacked the house and stole around $10,000 in cash.

Also in the house at the time was a 2-year-old child and an older child with down syndrome. The 14-year-old said Buckingham forced him out of the shower, threatened to kill him at knifepoint and zip-tied his hands together.

"Defendant was brandishing a large knife and directed Victim 2 to stay in the bathroom or he would kill him," the complaint says. 

Police responded to the incident at around 6:52 p.m.. A search warrant executed at Buckingham’s home found the same clothes he was seen wearing outside the victims' home on video surveillance. 

Cash totaling $10,860 was also found in Buckingham's home.

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Buckingham has an extensive history of burglary, with at least five previous convictions of 1st-degree burglary, with police considering him a danger to public safety.

The Star Tribune reports that search warrant affidavits link him and accomplices to 23 home invasion burglaries in south Minneapolis, which predominately targeted the Latino community.

Buckingham’s first court appearance is set for Wednesday, with his bail set at $250,000. 

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