Two Charged in Brooklyn Center Hotel Armed Robbery
Federal prosecutors announced charges Wednesday against two suspects accused in a Brooklyn Center hotel armed robbery.
The robbery occurred in the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at the Super 8 Hotel, 6445 James Cir. N, near the FBI Minneapolis headquarters. Charged in the crime are Keanu Ross, 28, of Minneapolis, and Antoinette Dobyne, 28, of Fargo, N.D. Ross is accused of using and discharging a firearm to commit a robbery. Dobyne is accused of aiding and abetting.
According to the criminal complaint, a hotel employee told Brooklyn Center police that two men carrying firearms ordered him to the ground at gunpoint. The robbers took the employee’s cell phone, car keys and cash from the business, the complaint said. The employee was ordered to run from the scene, when the hotel worker heard gunfire. No one at the hotel was injured.
Surveillance footage showed two robbers running from the scene toward an SUV, then fleeing on foot after the SUV got stuck in a snowbank. Police located Dobyne in the SUV. Later that day, Ross actually called Brooklyn Center police inquiring about the release of the SUV and saying his wallet and ID were in the SUV’s glovebox, the complaint said. Ross identified himself as the boyfriend of the SUV driver.
That same day, Ross was arrested during a traffic stop. Officers confiscated a pistol Ross had on him that forensic analysis linked to a cartridge casing found at the scene of the hotel robbery, the complaint said. Ross has prior felony convictions and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Ross is scheduled to appear in court Monday for a detention hearing.