Three juveniles have been charged with two early morning robberies in Minneapolis.
According to a Wednesday announcement from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Damonie Adams, 17, was charged by petition with first degree-robbery in the first case. Demod McGruder, 16, and Kavon Wilson-Branch, 17, were both charged by petition with first-degree robbery in the second case. Prosecutors are seeking to have the three certified as adults.
Charges against a fourth juvenile in relation to the incidents have been deferred, pending further investigation.
On Saturday at around 3:45 a.m., the juveniles drove to the 2600 block of Pillsbury Avenue South, according to the petitions. They approached a man sitting in his car, and Adams pointed a gun at him and told him to open the door.
The man refused, and Adams handed the gun to one of his companions, who threatened to shoot the man. The man complied, and the suspects shoved him to the ground, taking his wallet, a backpack and $200 in cash.
The victim then witnessed the teens get into a vehicle and drive south.
Around 10 minutes later, a man getting out of his car on the 3500 block of Stevens Avenue South saw a vehicle driving zig-zag on the street toward him. McGruder and Wilson-Branch pointed pistols at the man before taking his phone. The victim was able to get a license plate number as the vehicle drove away.
Shortly after, police spotted the vehicle at a gas station at 46th Street and Nicollet Avenue South and attempted to box it in. Wilson-Branch attempted to swerve around the squad car, but ran into a concrete barrier.
The four suspects were quickly captured.
McGruder has also been charged with possession of a pistol while under 18. Wilson-Branch has been charged with attempting to flee a police officer in a motor vehicle.
The vehicle the juveniles were driving had been carjacked in St. Paul. The case is still under investigation.