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Charges: St. Paul man shot victim 11 times, killing him outside Eagan hotel

The 29-year-old man says the victim robbed him prior to the shooting.
Robert Lee Baker III

A 29-year-old St. Paul man has been charged, accused of killing a Minneapolis man at a hotel in Eagan on Monday. 

Robert Lee Baker is charged in Dakota County District Court with second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person in connection to the killing of Maurice Antonio Anderson, 29, of Minneapolis. 

According to the criminal complaint, Eagan police responded to the Sonesta Suites Hotel at 8:59 p.m. on Nov. 9 after several calls to 911 were made reporting a shooting. 

One of the callers said a man was lying on the ground outside the hotel, while another caller reported a red car leaving at a high rate of speed, court documents state. 

Officers arrived to find Anderson non-responsive with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds, charges state. He died at the scene. 

Shortly after, officers located a vehicle that matched the description given in the 911 call. Baker was in the front passenger seat. Both he and the driver, identified in the complaint as J.M.A., were arrested. 

J.M.A. told police she and Baker had gone to the hotel to meet up with her friend. At one point, the friend got into the backseat of their car. 

Shortly after, two men approached and also got in the backseat. They both had guns and told them to drive. J.M.A. complied, driving a short distance before pulling over. 

J.M.A. told police the men got out of the car and robbed her and Baker, the complaint says. She said she believes Baker got out of the car and shortly after she heard shooting, but she doesn't know what happened. 

After the shooting stopped, Baker got back into the car and they drove her friend back to where she was staying, the complaint states. Police stopped their vehicle shortly after they dropped off the friend. 

In an interview with police, Baker recounted a similar series of events that unfolded but changed his story from three men robbing them to two, charges say.

He also told police after they were robbed, the suspects ran away and he got out of the car and chased them with a gun, yelling at them to give his stuff back. 

Baker said one of the men pointed a gun at him so he started shooting, but then later noted both men pointed guns at him and he fired his gun, hitting one of them. He didn't know how many shots he fired. 

Officers found 16 discharged casings at the scene where Anderson was found; the casings were consistent with the .40 caliber handgun Baker said he used to shoot the victim, charges say. In a search of the vehicle, police found a .40 caliber handgun and a BB gun. Baker told police after he shot Anderson, he collected J.M.A.'s stolen phone and the gun used in the robbery.

Investigators also interviewed J.M.A.'s friend, who said she got into their car to buy some Percocet, the complaint states. When police pulled over J.M.A. and Baker, they could see a small plastic baggie of pills under the driver's seat.

The friend said after she got in the car, two men hopped into the backseat with guns, charges say. One of the men said to Baker, "Remember me, [expletive]?" before robbing them, getting out of the car and running away. 

The friend said Baker got out of the car with a gun and chased them, shooting multiple times. He got back into the car and said "I got the [expletive]" and then they dropped her back at the hotel, telling her she shouldn't tell anyone what happened. 

The medical examiner said Anderson died of 11 gunshot wounds, including one in his head, three in his back and one in his buttocks, the complaint says. 

Baker is not allowed to have a firearm due to his criminal history, which includes convictions for first-degree aggravated robbery and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon from 2012, the complaint states. He also has a hold from the state Department of Corrections for a prior conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm from 2016. 

Baker's bail was set at $1.5 million without conditions, Sun This Week reports. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 25. 

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