Minneapolis couple charged in robbery that turned into murder


A Minneapolis couple were each charged with murder in the shooting death of Larry Flowers, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.

Quintel Flowers, 25, and Nicole Rantala, 32, who have a child together, were both charged with intentional second-degree murder in the shooting death of Larry Flowers. They are expected to make their first court appearance Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to a shooting in front of 902 W. Broadway Ave. about 11 a.m. Thursday and found Larry Flowers dead from multiple gunshot wounds to his back. Police also found five discharged cartridge cases at the scene. The two men do not appear to be related.

Witnesses saw the two Flowers struggling near a car. Larry Flowers broke free and began running away. Quintel Flowers fired shots and ran after him, continuing to fire until Larry Flowers dropped to the ground, the complaint states.

Rantala told police that Quintel Flowers planned to rob Larry Flowers of his drugs and money because he had shorted Quintel Flowers the previous week. Rantala was driving, with Quintel Flowers in the passenger seat, when they picked up Larry Flowers. While in the car, Quintel Flowers pulled out his handgun, ordered Larry Flowers to hand over his drugs and money. Instead, Larry Flowers tried to take the gun away, then jumped out of the car, according to the complaint.

Qunitel Flower Criminal Complaint (PDF)

Nicole Rantala Criminal Complaint (PDF)