3rd suspect charged in home invasion

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.

A third person has been charged for his alleged role in a Feb. 2 crime in which four men, one wearing a clown mask and another armed with a rifle, barged into a Ham Lake home.

Tyreese Tashun Jackson
Tyreese Tashun Jackson

Fridley resident Tyreese Tashun Jackson, 22, was arraigned March 13 in Anoka County District Court on four felony charges, including two counts each of first-degree aggravated robbery and first-degree burglary.

A man and woman were asleep in their Ham Lake home in the 9000 block of Birchview Lane around 2 a.m. Feb. 2 when four men came inside. The man, who was asleep on the couch, said one of the burglars wore a “scary clown mask.”

Two of the suspects were quickly caught and charged with felonies for their alleged roles in this incident. Both are Blaine residents.

Eric Javon Gauthreaux-Travis, 21, made his first court appearance on Feb. 3 and had an omnibus hearing on March 21.

The Anoka County Attorney’s Office filed a petition to charge 16-year-old Keon Latrell Bell as an adult. He was initially charged with two felonies of first-degree burglary and use of a weapon. He pleaded guilty on March 15 to an amended felony charge of assaulting a person in their home, but did not admit to using a weapon, according to Elizabeth Mohr, of the Anoka County Attorney’s Office.

Bell was sentenced to nine months at the East Central Regional Juvenile Detention Center. He will be on probation until he is 21 years old. If he violates terms of his probation, a two-year sentence at a prison for adults could be imposed.

The fourth suspect has still not been arrested.

According to the criminal complaint, the man said Bell punched him in the face while asking him “where’s the money.” Another man put a long black rifle to the side of his face and told him not to move.

The woman sleeping in the bedroom woke up to a man wearing a clown mask entering her room. He held her down while a second man rummaged through her room. The man wearing the clown mask was later identified as Gauthreaux-Travis, according to the complaint. The victim said she was told, “No one will get hurt. Shut the hell up.”

The four men left the home within a few minutes after not finding anything in the bedroom, but one of them grabbed a PlayStation 4. The stolen gaming system was found in Gauthreaux-Travis’ van when he was arrested, according to the complaint.

Police brought Gauthreaux-Travis and Bell to the victims’ home and they were identified as two of the suspects who broke into the home.

According to the complaint, authorities conducted a forensic examination on Gauthreaux-Travis’ cell phone. They allegedly found conversations directly related to this home invasion between him and Jackson.

Law enforcement also learned that three or four individuals went to Super America near the victims’ home at approximately 1:30 a.m. Feb. 2. Gauthreaux-Travis used his credit card to re-fuel his vehicle. Three men were seen on surveillance video entering the business. Jackson was identified as one of the individuals and is seen wearing a black and red face mask down around his neck, according to the complaint.

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