Brooklyn Park Woman Charged in Knifepoint Robbery
Knifepoint Robbery Suspect Scheduled to Make First Court Appearance Tuesday
A Brooklyn Park woman set up a Facebook Marketplace transaction with the intent of robbing her victim, criminal charges revealed Monday.
Gracie Buckingham, 26, is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery.
According to the criminal complaint:
Brooklyn Park police responded to a report of a robbery that occurred in the 8200 block of Zane Avene N. at just before 10 p.m. Saturday. The complaint says the female victim had agreed to meet the suspect at that location to purchase two cell phones for $1,100.
As the two met, the complaint says Buckingham pushed the victim down, then held a knife to her throat and demanded money. The victim was able to dial 911 during the ordeal. The suspect saw the phone call and then grabbed the victim’s car keys, which were on a lanyard around the woman’s neck, before fleeing on foot, the complaint revealed.
The complaint says the victim followed the suspect, who was spotted outside an address in the 8100 block of Yates Avenue, not far from the robbery scene. Police located the suspect and identified her. Officers eventually needed assistance from the Brooklyn Park SWAT team because “the suspect refused to come out of the residence,” police said.
Eventually, police say the suspect agreed to come out of the residence and was arrested.
Buckingham is scheduled for her initial court appearance related to the case on Tuesday. A charge of first-degree aggravated robbery carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.