Two boys have been charged with the murder of a 39-year-old man who crashed his car in Northeast Minneapolis after suffering gunshot wounds last week.
The Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced that Jered Ohsman, 16, of Coon Rapids, and a 15-year-old boy have been charged in connection with the death of Steven Markey, of Maple Grove.
Ohsman is facing two charges of second-degree murder, one with intent and the other without, with the attorney's office filing a motion to certify him as an adult. The 15-year-old is facing charges in a juvenile court.
According to the criminal complaint, Markey was parked near the intersection of 14th Avenue NE and Tyler Street NE around 4:50 p.m. last Tuesday when the two boys saw him and "decided to rob him and steal his car."
Ohsman had a .22 semi-automatic pistol and the 15-year-old a 9 mm Glock, and pulled bandanas over their faces before the robbery.
Ohsman told police he'd ordered Markey out of the car but claims he saw Markey reach for something, at which point he fired.
More shots were fired before Markey drove away, eventually crashing into a building and dying from multiple gunshot wounds.
The boys then ran through alleyways behind Tyler Street and hid their backpack under some stairs, only for police to find it and the guns a short time later.
Around 8 p.m. the same night, a Honda CRV was stolen in front of a home in St. Louis Park, with the same vehicle involved in a burglary at a cellphone store in New Hope in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The CRV was then stopped after a chase and crash at an on-ramp for Hwy. 169 north, with Ohsman and the 15-year-old found inside.
Ohsman was also charged with third-degree burglary, motor vehicle theft and fleeing a police officer.