Minneapolis man charged in death of unborn child's mom is arrested in Chicago

He is accused of fatally shooting Leneesha Columbus after an argument.
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Zachary Robinson

A Minneapolis man who was charged with murder in connection to the fatal shooting of his unborn child's mother near the George Floyd memorial on July 5 has been arrested in Chicago. 

Zachary Robinson, 27, is charged with second-degree murder in Leneesha Columbus' death, as well as second-degree assault and felon in possession of a gun.

When Robinson was charged on Wednesday, his whereabouts were unknown and a nationwide warrant was requested. 

Minneapolis spokesperson John Elder told BMTN Robinson was arrested in Chicago by the department's federal partners, noting the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives made the arrest.

It's not clear when Robinson will be brought back to Minnesota as that information isn't made public for security reasons, Elder said.

The charges

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses saw Robinson and Columbus, 27, arguing near her vehicle that was parked in a parking lot on Chicago Avenue, not far from the Floyd memorial at Chicago Avenue and 38th Street East.

When Columbus started to drive north on Chicago Avenue, Robinson fired several shots at the SUV, witnesses said, and then went back to the parking lot, putting his gun in his waistband.

When police arrived at the scene, bystanders were performing life-saving measures on Columbus, who was pregnant, the complaint states.

The shooting happened around 9:18 p.m. and Columbus died at 10:38 p.m. at the hospital, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. She died from a gunshot wound to her upper back/torso, the complaint notes.

Doctors did deliver her baby, Robinson's child. The baby, who was born at about 20 weeks, is in critical condition, charges state.

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After Robinson walked back to the parking lot, a man who was serving as a peacekeeper at the Floyd memorial and had witnessed the shooting confronted him and asked him what he was doing. That's when charges say Robinson pulled out his gun and shot him in the man's foot. He went to the hospital to be treated.

Robinson has a criminal history that includes felony assault convictions dating back to 2009, as well as assault charges in cases that are still pending, the complaint states. Because of past convictions, he is prohibited from possessing any firearms or ammunition.

If convicted, Robinson could face up to 40 years in prison for the second-degree murder charge, up to 10 years in prison for the second-degree assault charge and up to 15 years for the felon in possession of a firearm charge. 

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