When police detained an 18-year-old last week in connection with a deadly shooting, he claimed them he was with his girlfriend at the time. When questioned by authorities, she said she hadn’t seen him that night.
She was with Kemarri Miller Roan of St. Paul, though, when his sister called on Friday to say that police were searching their home. According to a second-degree murder complaint filed Tuesday, Roan sobbed because he didn’t want to go in jail and told his girlfriend he wanted to flee, but she persuaded him to give himself in.
Michael Alexander Pleasants, 33, was discovered shot in the Dayton’s Bluff area on April 26. Roan is the second individual accused in his death. Traivon Dennis Campbell, 21, was charged with aiding and abetting murder by the Ramsey County Attorney’s office on Monday.
Pleasants was shot soon after midnight on April 26 in the 200 block of Bates Avenue, and police were dispatched.
Campbell and Pleasants had been messaging just before Pleasants was slain, according to investigators. According to the criminal allegations, Campbell asked Pleasants whether he had marijuana available in $100 quantities, and Pleasants answered that he only had a pound and would sell it for $1,300.
According to the charges, after Campbell was detained on Friday, he informed investigators that Roan was the shooter and claimed, “I didn’t know he was going to do that.” They got away with Pleasants’ marijuana, according to Campbell.
Roan, on the other hand, told authorities that he’d never seen Pleasants before and that he hadn’t been near the crime site.
According to the complaint, Roan’s girlfriend told police she overheard Roan on the phone with Campbell that night, and Campbell “repeatedly” requested Roan to accompany him.
“When Campbell and him arrived there, Roan reported the vendor was behaving funny,” the lawsuit said, referring to his girlfriend’s allegation. “The salesman, according to Roan, tried to steal the money and not give them the cannabis….” The dealer, according to Roan, had a revolver on his hip and continued flashing it to them while begging for money.”
The lawsuit went on to say that Roan didn’t tell his girlfriend what occurred next, but that “he was afraid and everything happened so fast.” Campbell allegedly removed the marijuana from the man’s vehicle, according to him.
Roan is set to appear in court for the first time on Wednesday. In the court record, he did not have a counsel named for him.