Brooklyn Park Woman Accused of Shooting, Pistol-Whipping Elderly Victim in Robbery
A Brooklyn Park woman is accused of following a 76-year-old woman to her apartment, then shooting and pistol-whipping the victim in order to steal about $900 in cash the victim had just withdrawn from the bank.
Da’Seanna Williams, 21, is charged with one count of first-degree aggravated robbery and one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced the charges on Friday.
According to the criminal complaint, police responded to a shooting on Jan. 2 at an apartment on 22nd Street East in Minneapolis. Officers found the victim bleeding from her hip and head.
The victim’s adult son, who lives in the same apartment, told police his mother was on her way home from the bank to get money to pay for rent. The complaint said that Williams followed the victim and rode up the same elevator to the victim’s apartment.
According to the charges, Williams pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the hip. She then struck the 76-year-old woman multiple times in the head before stealing her purse, the complaint said. Doctors diagnosed the victim with bone fractures to her shoulder blade and skull.
The complaint said the purse was later found outside, but approximately $900 in cash was missing. Police also found a discharged casing outside the victim’s apartment and what appeared to authorities as pieces of a gun.
Surveillance video helped police identify Williams. Four days after the crime, officers arrived at Williams’ Brooklyn Park apartment on 73rd Avenue North. When they arrived, Williams attempted to escape out an apartment window, but was caught, the complaint said. A search of the apartment located a gun with apparent missing pieces under a mattress in the apartment. Officers also found crack cocaine.
In a statement to police, Williams admitted that she assaulted and robbed the victim. Williams is also a suspect in two other recent robberies, the complaint said.