Hopkins man charged in Minneapolis park murder


A Hopkins man was charged Monday with second-degree murder in the death of a teenager who was walking through a Minneapolis park in the early morning, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Chance Adams, 26, also was charged with first-degree robbery and possession of a firearm or ammunition by a felon. He is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday. Prosecutors are seeking $2 million bail.

According to the criminal complaint, George Pineda, 18, of Minneapolis, was walking through the park near Lyndale Avenue North and Webber Parkway shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday with a friend when Adams approached them with a gun. He ordered the two to lie on the ground and he stole items from their pockets. Then Adams fired multiple shots, killing Pineda but missing the other victim.

Police arrested Adams not far away, when a person called police to say someone tried to come through the front door of the caller’s home and he was now sitting on the front porch. When police arrived, they found Adams sitting in a car and found items from the victims on the porch.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)