Two more charged in U of M robberies

Friday, January 03, 2014

Two Minneapolis men were charged with aiding Myron Jovan Richardson-Rivers in the robbery of a University of Minnesota student, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

Freddie Pernell Jackson (PDF), 21, and Nehemiah Jovan Richardson (PDF), 24, both were charged with one count of aiding/abetting first-degree robbery. Richardson-Rivers, 20, of Crystal was charged with first-degree robbery and receiving stolen property on Dec. 19.

“All of us are working hard to reduce the recent wave of crime at the University of Minnesota,” Freeman said. “It helps a great deal when victims, like this one, keep checking their bank card statements and report illegal usage. We need the help of victims and the public to solve crimes like this.”

According to the criminal complaints against Jackson and Richardson, a university student was walking on Essex Street S.E. near Ontario Street S.E. on Nov. 10 when he was approached by young man who called him a name and then punched the right side of his face, knocking him unconscious. When he came to, he realized his backpack, with a laptop was missing and his wallet had been taken from his pocket.

Two days later, the victim called police to say he had electronically tracked his laptop to a North Minneapolis residence. Police recovered the computer and a man there said Richardson-Rivers and a woman had brought it there. Police talked to Richardson-Rivers, who gave conflicting stories but eventually said he bought it from Ray Ray B. He later called police and said the other man with Ray Ray B was Richardson, the complaint states.

Meanwhile, the victim contacted police again on Dec. 3 and told them that his debit card had been used numerous times, including at two gas stations. Surveillance video showed Richardson-Rivers using the card and a second man was with him. Police arrested Richardson-Rivers and he said the other man was Jackson, according to the complaint and all three were present during the robbery.

Their first appearance is scheduled for Monday before Hennepin County District Court Judge William Koch.