Hawkins sentenced for involvement in attempted carjacking

Wednesday,

On December 1, Bobby Hawkins, 18, of Minneapolis, was sentenced for his involvement in an attempted carjacking that took place in early January of this year, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday. Hawkins pleaded guilty to one count of felon in possession of a firearm back on August 18.

At the sentencing, Judge Nicole Engisch sentenced Hawkins to 60 months in prison, which is standard according to Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines. At the time of the offense, Hawkins was 17 years old. He was certified to stand trial as an adult on June 24.

According to the criminal complaint, on Jan. 6, Minneapolis Police went to a residence on 35th Avenue in South Minneapolis in response to a reported robbery. The call also indicated an attempted carjacking, with the victim’s cellphone being stolen.

The suspects, one being Hawkins, then fled the scene in a blue Volkswagen with no license plates.

Officers spoke with the victim once they arrived. He informed them that he was trying to get his car out of the snow when the Volkswagen pulled up to him, with one passenger holding a gun and a hammer. The car door was then opened by one of the suspects and the victim was ordered to get out, the complaint states.

The victim was further asked for the keys, but told the suspects that the car was stuck. He was then patted down and his wallet and cellphone were taken.

Before leaving, the victim was asked his passwords to his phone. Due to the duress of the situation, the victim had difficulty remembering them. The primary suspect then punched the victim in the head. The victim was then hit with a hammer at least twice by another suspect, the complaint says.

Eventually, the passwords were entered correctly, and the suspects fled in the Volkswagen.

While the victim was speaking with police, another set of officers had found and began pursuing the Volkswagen. The chase ended once the car found its way to a dead-end street, and all suspects in the vehicle fled on foot to Powderhorn Park, the complaint says.

Hawkins was seen holding his waistband and concealing something as he ran from the officers, and was apprehended by a K9 officer and police dog. Upon being arrested, Hawkins was found with a loaded handgun in his front waistband, the complaint states.

Hawkins' past criminal history prohibited him from carrying a firearm.

View the criminal complaint for Bobby Hawkins (PDF).