Three have been charged for allegedly mugging three men in Spring Lake Park and Blaine the evening of Nov. 7 and authorities are investigating two additional suspects.
Torrie Vidal Bingham, 19, of Columbia Heights, Kenyatta Devine Buckles, 19, of Golden Valley, and Ezekial John Miller, 18, of St. Paul were arraigned Nov. 8 in Anoka County District Court on two felony charges of aggravated first-degree robbery and an additional felony charge of attempted aggravated first-degree robbery. Bail was set at $100,000 for Buckles and Miller and $75,000 for Bingham.
A 19-year-old Fridley man was arrested Nov. 10 without incident on a Metro Transit bus and is awaiting charges, according to Blaine Police Lt. Dan Pelkey. He has since been released pending charges, however.
Pelkey said police are also looking for a fifth suspect who is a 19-year-old Minneapolis man.
According to the criminal complaint, the Blaine Police Department 11:13 p.m. Nov. 7 responded to reports of three separate robberies that took place around the same area.
A man walking on the service road along Highway 10 in Spring Lake Park told police that two males got out of a vehicle and one had a shotgun, which he pumped and then demanded he get to the ground. They allegedly stole his wallet and punched him several times and hit him with the butt of the gun.
Another man had just got off work and was on a motorized scooter heading home and stopped at a traffic light at Able Street and 87th Lane in Blaine when three males got out of a silver car ahead of him with one carrying a long gun. The men allegedly pulled him off his scooter and struck him several times while one of the men took his cell phone and $67 cash.
Officers also spoke to a third man who said he was checking his mail at his Blaine home after getting off work when a silver car approached him and two men got out, according to the complaint.
The man carrying the gun allegedly put it to the victim’s head, but they eventually left after he kept insisting he did not have anything.
Within minutes, officers located the suspect vehicle near the intersection of 99th Avenue and Polk Street in Blaine and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle sped off but crashed into a yard in the 900 block of 102nd Lane and the three men got out and ran away.
With the help of police departments from Coon Rapids, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, Columbia Heights and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, authorities were able to set up a perimeter and track the three suspects.
It was later learned that the silver Toyota Camry allegedly used by the three men in the armed robberies had been stolen at gunpoint in St. Paul just after 9 p.m. that same day.
Eric Hagen is at firstname.lastname@example.org