Minneapolis woman charged in aggravated robbery of 90-year-old

Monday, August 31, 2015

A Minneapolis woman was charged with second-degree aggravated robbery, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.

Morgan Elizabeth Bierman, age 28, was charged with second-degree aggravated robbery of a 90-year-old woman in the vicinity of 51st Street and 34th Avenue in Minneapolis

According to the criminal complaint, the victim was on her way home from the grocery store on August 5, when she noticed a car following her. A female passenger in the front seat got out of the vehicle and confronted the victim. Putting her hand inside her shirt, the woman passenger made a gesture implying she was concealing a gun, and said “We need money. Give us your purse or I’ll shoot you.” The victim did not see a gun, but thought her life was in danger so she quickly handed over her purse. The passenger returned to the car and drove away.

Investigators obtained a description of the passenger and driver of the vehicle and shared it with a nearby convenience store manager who recognized the women and said they had been begging for money in the vicinity of the store. He provided surveillance video, from which some still photos were developed. 

Using this process, investigators were able to isolate and provisionally identify the passenger (charges pending) and the driver Bierman. The victim was shown photos and able to identify both individuals and their roles in the robbery.

Investigators received an address for Bierman and attempted to contact her there on August 28. She said she would come outside and talk to the police, but an officer caught her attempting to flee through a bedroom window. When Bierman saw the officer, she climbed back inside and was arrested. In a volunteered statement, Bierman admitted she was the driver of the car.

Criminal complaint (PDF)