A trio of young suspects were apprehended after a Minneapolis robbery that left a 20-year-old cashier with two bullet wounds. Police say the teens are also linked to several other robberies and carjackings in the city.
The suspects are teen boys ages 14, 15 and 16. A fourth suspect remains at large. Despite their young age, the band of robbers were capable of severe violence.
According to police, the suspects arrived at the Bryn Mawr Market around noon on Wednesday. They pulled up in a stolen vehicle that police say was taken in St. Paul, proceeded to go inside and threatened a female college student who was working behind the cash register while on winter break.
When the young woman couldn’t open the register for the thieves they shot her in the foot. As they left the store, one suspect punched her in the face while another shot her again, this time in the torso. She was taken to a hospital and was last reported to be in serious but stable condition.
The three suspects that are now in police custody were apprehended within eight hours of the violent incident, taken to the Juvenile Detention Center and charge with second-degree assault and aggravated robbery.
The fourth suspect is still at large and police are investigating the entire group in connection to other crimes.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe has raised close to $17,000 for the market. “The Bryn Mawr Market has been robbed numerous times in the past months, the latest being today [Wednesday] when an employee was sadly shot and is in surgery for their injuries,” writes Rose Miller, the fund’s organizer. She added an encouraging update on Thursday: “the employee is recovering well and will likely be discharged from the hospital today.”
This is not the first violent crime to be perpetrated by young assailants in Minneapolis. Rather, there have been a number of carjackings and other offences perpetrated by remarkably young offenders. For example, three boys ages 13, 14 and 15 as well as two girls ages 13 and 14 were apprehended last month after carjacking a woman at gunpoint in the Roseville suburb then leading police on a chase into St. Paul.