Wabasha County Brothers Charged in Deadly Home Invasion
Minneapolis (KROC AM News) - Authorities have released information dealing with the series of police raids in SE Minnesota Thursday morning.
Two brothers from Wabasha County and a St Paul woman were arraigned Friday in federal court as suspects in an October home invasion in Eden Prairie that contributed to the death of a 63-year-old man. His death was later ruled a homicide.
The suspects are accused of taking about $50,000 in cash from the home of the victim.
Charged in the case are 33-year-old Lennie Brooks of Zumbro Falls, his 23-year-old brother Randy Brooks of Wabasha and 20-year-old Autumn Nichols of St. Paul. Prosecutors have indicated the brothers were the ones who carried out the armed robbery and Nichols drove the getaway car. They are suspected of being involved in several other home invasions.
They have not yet been charged with causing the death of the victim, which would likely be prosecuted in Hennepin County court.
Eden Prairie Police Chief Greg Weber posted this information on his department’s Facebook page after the arrests were announced on Friday:
On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, a family in our community became victims of a home invasion and robbery, during which one of the victims suffered a medical emergency and died. Yesterday, Eden Prairie Police assisted the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) with the arrest of three individuals suspected to be involved in this crime. Eden Prairie Police detectives spent countless hours working on this investigation over the past two months – in partnership with numerous law enforcement agencies across the state – to support the excellent handling of this case by the ATF.
According to the US Attorney, “This case is the result of a multi-jurisdictional investigation conducted by ATF, Eden Prairie Police Department, Steele County Sheriff’s Office, Woodbury Police Department, Cottage Grove Police Department, St. Paul Police Department, Minneapolis Police Department, Winona Police Department, Wabasha Police Department, Prior Lake Police Department, Southeast Minnesota Violent Crime Enforcement Team, St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, and the Winona County Sheriff’s Office.”