New Hope man charged with murder during robbery


A New Hope man was charged with murder in connection with a Minneapolis homicide that occurred during a robbery, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.


Armajea Warren, 18, was charged with a single count of second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Austin Young of Minneapolis on Tuesday night. Warren is expected to make his first court appearance Monday and the county attorney’s office is seeking bail of $1 million.


According to the criminal complaint, police were called to 26th and Knox Avenues North about 10:25 p.m. Tuesday and found Young in the driver’s seat of a crashed gray sports utility vehicle. Young had been shot once behind the left ear and was dead at the scene.


Police were talking to people in the area when a man came up and told police he had been in the SUV with Young and two women. 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, 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 was no longer pointed at Young, according to the complaint.


However, one of the other men pulled out his handgun and fired the shot that killed Young.


Immediately, the witness grabbed the steering wheel with one hand and pushed down on the accelerator with the other hand, trying to get away from the gunmen. The three suspects and the two women scrambled away from the SUV and fled on foot. The vehicle then crashed and the witness ran to get help, the complaint states.


Police continue to search for the gunman.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)