Woman is third person charged with murder in fatal robbery

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

An Eden Prairie woman became the third person charged with murder in an attempted robbery that killed a teenager in Minneapolis, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Sequoia Bulson-Bratton, 18, was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Austin Young. She turned herself in to Minneapolis police Tuesday night and is expected to make her first court appearance Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to 26th and Knox Avenues North about 10:25 p.m. on June 13. They found the 17-year-old Young in the driver’s seat of a crashed gray sports utility vehicle. He had been shot once behind the left ear.

Police were talking to people in the area when a man arrived and told police he had been in the SUV with Young and two women, one of whom was Bulson-Bratton. They were in the neighborhood because one of the women wanted to buy marijuana. The two women left the vehicle and returned a short time later with three men, the complaint states.

The two women climbed back into the SUV and one of the men, Armajea Warren, got into the rear passenger seat. Warren pulled out a handgun, pointed it at Young and said, “Give me everything.” The witness, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, pushed Warren’s arm so that the gun no longer pointed at Young, according to the complaint.

At that point, another of the three men, Terry Gibson pulled out a gun and fired a shot at Young before fleeing. The front seat passenger, with one hand on the wheel and one hand on the accelerator, drove the SUV away from the danger until he crashed. Investigators also learned that both handguns came from Gibson’s home, the complaint states.

Investigators retrieved messages from Bulson-Bratton’s phone between her and Gibson, including one that said they were at the planned location. Warren told police they targeted Young because the second young woman had seen Young carrying a significant amount of money, the complaint states.

Warren was charged with second-degree murder in the case earlier this month. Gibson, 18, was arrested last week and charged with second-degree murder.

 

Criminal Complaint (PDF