Man involved in muggings sentenced

The third and final man charged with mugging people in Blaine and Spring Lake Park Nov. 7, 2013 has been sentenced.

Ezekiel John Miller, 19, was given 20 years probation and ordered to pay $8,084 in restitution and a $185 fine. He was not ordered to serve any more time in jail, but had served 237 days after he was arrested.

The sentencing for two felony counts of first-degree aggravated robbery happened July 2 in Anoka County District Court. One other first-degree charge was dismissed in exchange for the guilty pleas that he made on these two charges May 5.

Torrie Vidal Bingham and Kenyatta Devine Buckles, both 19, were previously sentenced.

According to the criminal complaint, Bingham, Buckles and Miller were involved in mugging three men with a shotgun just before 11 p.m. Nov. 7, 2013. A man walking on a Highway 10 service road in Spring Lake Park had the shotgun pointed at him and was told to lie on the ground. His wallet was stolen and he was hit several times with the butt of the gun. Another man was pulled off his scooter while waiting at the corner of Able Street and 87th Lane in Blaine. He was hit several times with the butt of the shotgun and his cellphone and $67 cash was stolen. Another Blaine man had a shotgun pointed at his head, but the robbers left after he insisted he had no valuables on him.

Blaine officers spotted the suspects’ vehicle near the intersection of 99th Avenue and Polk Street. Police later learned that the owner of this vehicle had been carjacked by these three men in St. Paul earlier that evening. The vehicle sped away until crashing into a yard in the 900 block of 102nd Lane, at which point the three men ran away.

Police officers from Blaine, Coon Rapids, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, Columbia Heights and deputies from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter. The three suspects were found by Blaine’s K-9 officer Rex and his partner Reginald Larson. They received a regional United States Police Canine Association award and were recognized as the top national case for the fourth quarter of 2013.

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