Man charged with murder in South Minneapolis shooting

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A  Minneapolis man has been charged with second-degree murder for shooting a man in a car on Stevens and 45th Street in south Minneapolis, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Ernesto Rivera, 40, was expected to make his first appearance today on the charge of second-degree murder.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were dispatched to the 4500 block of Stevens Avenue South at 2:52 a.m. Saturday to investigate a shooting. At the scene, officers saw a car crashed into the freeway sound wall. Michael Rekow, 46, with no permanent address, was found in the driver’s seat with a gunshot wound to his head.

An eyewitness said that she dates Rekow and was in the passenger seat when he was shot. They had stopped and Rivera and another man approached their car. The victim and the men talked about stolen property, according to the complaint. The two men walked away from the car, but then Rivera returned and began shooting at Rekow, who attempted to drive away, but crashed into the sound wall.

The complaint states that the witness described Rivera and a sweatshirt he was wearing and gave the officers his street name. She said Rekow had been talking on the cell phone with the two men before the shooting. The victim’s cell phone was found in the car and recent calls records were obtained.

The officers canvassed the neighborhood and a nearby residence had a video camera that captured the incident and then shows Rivera grabbing a dark colored satchel and running toward a residence on First Avenue and 45th Street, according to the complaint.

Using the “street name” provided by the witness, the police obtained Rivera’s real name and tracked him to an apartment in St. Paul, the complaint states. They arrested him there and also found a dark colored satchel with blood-like stains on it.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)