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Friday, October 28, 2011  RssIcon

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office Friday charged the sister of deceased robber Darren Evanovich in connection with two robberies, and also declined to charge the man who shot Evanovich.

Octavia Shonte Marberry, 20, of Minneapolis was charged with two counts of aggravated first degree robbery.

According to the criminal complaint, on Oct. 12, a 59-year-old woman was walking to her car in the Target parking lot at 2500 Lake St. E. when a woman demanded her wallet while threatening her with a knife. A man with her also demanded the victim’s car keys before they fled.

On Oct. 15, a 56-year-old woman was walking from the Cub Foods at 2850 26th Ave., when a woman and two men came up to her and demanded her purse, while again the woman brandished a knife at the victim. The three took the woman’s purse and ran off past the Cub Store, the complaint states. The Target and Cub stores are in the same complex.

On Oct. 20, a 53-year-old woman was robbed outside the same Cub Foods and struck in the head by a gun held by the robber, Darren Evanovich. Marberry is Evanovich’s sister and she was by his body after he was shot and police arrived.

Marberry’s robbery charges are in connection with the Oct.12 and Oct. 15 incidents.

A review of the circumstances leading to Evanovich’s death has determined that the man who shot Evanovich acted in self-defense. According to witnesses, the man who shot Evanovich drove up to where he saw Evanovich going through the victim’s purse and asked him if he wanted to give the purse back. Instead, Evanovich pointed his gun at the man and moved towards him, so the man in the vehicle pulled out his handgun, for which he has a permit to carry, and shot Evanovich.

“The statements from all of the witnesses corroborate that our concerned citizen thought he was just going to retrieve the victim’s purse, but within seconds was faced with a man pointing a gun at him,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. “When he fired, it was self-defense. While this man is to be commended for helping his fellow citizen in need, a note of caution is appropriate. We prefer that armed citizens do not chase after criminals. Too much can go wrong, with deadly consequences. It is our preference to have our highly-trained and armed police force respond in these kind of cases.”

Investigations are continuing with these and other cases, so the county attorney’s office cannot make any other comments at this time.

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