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Mother, aunt charged with hiding man suspected of activist's murder

Sid Strickland-Green III avoided capture by police for 2 months.

The mother and aunt of a man accused of killing Minneapolis activist Tyrone Williams in April have been charged with helping him avoid arrest.

Sharesha Lavonne Green, 44, of Plymouth, and Theresa Lynn Ansari, 38, of St. Paul were charged with aiding an offender on Wednesday.

They're alleged to have hidden 27-year-old Sid Strickland-Green III for more than two months after the fatal shooting of Williams, 33, in North Minneapolis on Apr. 3.

According to a criminal complaint, Green dodged police questions about her son's disappearance following Williams' death, before denying he was responsible for the killing.

When she was initially told by police over the phone that Strickland-Green was wanted over the shooting, she responded: "Oh! Not my son! You’ve ruined my whole psyche," before hanging up the phone.

She also told police that she would not tell them where her son was even if she knew.

Eventually, police were tipped off that Strickland-Green was hiding in a rented apartment belonging to his aunt, Ansari, in St. Paul.

When told they were at the apartment to arrest Strickland-Green, Ansari allegedly told them: "I knew it. I knew when Sharesha asked me to let him stay here she was hiding something."

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Ansari said Green had told her that her son was wanted for questioning in a murder, and that he'd been staying in her home for about two weeks.

Williams was the founder of Black Coalition clothing, "a freedom of expression afrostreet clothing line" in Minneapolis, in addition to being known as a local activist who helped organize the protest of the 4th Precinct after Jamar Clark was shot and killed by police in November of 2015.

He was also the brother of former city council candidate Raeisha Williams.

Strickland-Green is facing a 2nd degree murder charge and his bail has been set at $1 million. 

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