A 20-year-old and 17-year-old have been charged in connection to a string of robberies, kidnappings and carjackings that have happened this summer in St. Paul.
The duo was arrested last week trying to flee a perimeter set up by police following multiple carjackings and robberies late July 23 into the early morning hours of July 24.
Xavion Tyrece Bell, 20, of St. Paul, was charged Monday in Ramsey County District Court with three counts each of first-degree aggravated robbery and kidnapping, in addition to one count of being a felon in possession of a gun.
According to the Pioneer Press, which cites a juvenile petition, the 17-year-old male has been charged with one count of aggravated robbery and kidnapping in connection to the crimes.
Per a criminal complaint: Bell and the teenager are accused of robbing a 63-year-old man at gunpoint around midnight, July 23, in the 300 block of Wheelock Pkwy. They demanded he give them his wallet and cellphone, and after he did the duo forced the victim into his Toyota RAV4.
The victim was then driven to an ATM, where he was forced to provide his PIN number. so the suspects could withdraw money from his bank account. Bell and the teen allegedly robbed the man of $800 before dropping him off at his apartment complex and fleeing in his vehicle.
The victim's RAV4 was found by police, abandoned, not far away on Marion St. Officers were investigating the vehicle when they saw a 28-year-old man jump from a moving vehicle. The man told officers that he and his girlfriend had been forced into the vehicle at gunpoint by two men.
In similar fashion, the man and his girlfriend were instructed to drive to an ATM. On the way, police spotted the robbery in progress and the suspects fled.
By now, police had set up a perimeter in the area. Bell and the teenage suspect were found lying on the floor of a vehicle driven by another teen who was attempting to leave the police perimeter. All three were arrested, though the driver has not been charged.
A backpack in the vehicle included Bell's ID and a magazine for a semiautomatic handgun, according to the charging document.
In an interview with investigators, the 17-year-old admitted to the robberies and said Bell was the gunman. Bell declined to talk.
Police say Bell and the teen are suspects in a third robbery that happened July 23.