Suspects arrested in relation to Maplewood home invasion

Deandre Wims
Deandre Wims
Shonice Harmon
Shonice Harmon

Maplewood police responded to a report of a robbery in the 1700 block of Gervais Avenue around 1 p.m. Jan. 2 where they found a 75-year-old woman who reported she was held at gunpoint, robbed and strangled.

A release form the Maplewood Police Department said the victim reported she answered her door and was met by a woman who asked to use the phone. When the victim refused to let the woman into her house, the woman pulled a handgun on the victim and entered the home.

Once inside, the woman made a phone call using her cellphone and shortly thereafter, two men arrived and entered the house, according to the release. One of the men tied the victim's hands and they ransacked her house. The intruders took jewelry, credit cards, keys and the victim's driver's license.

As the intruders left, the release said, one of the men told the victim to get on the floor before he used a piece of clothing to choke her to unconsciousness.

As of Jan. 8, police report they've arrested two of three suspects allegedly involved in the home invasion, robbery and assault.

The first suspect, Deandre Vershawn Wims, a 25-year-old North St. Paul resident, was arrested Jan. 5, according to police. He was identified after surveillance photos of him allegedly using stolen credit cards at stores was broadcast.

Wims was charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and one count each of first-degree burglary and kidnapping, as well as felony financial transaction card fraud. He was scheduled to appear in Ramsey County District Court Jan. 8.

A second suspect, Shonice Lacyra Harmon, a 23-year-old Minneapolis resident who police say was the woman who allegedly initially made contact with the victim, was arrested without incident Jan. 6 by Ramsey County police during a traffic stop in Minneapolis.

As of the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin, Harmon has yet to be charged with a crime, though investigators presented evidence detailing her alleged role in the crime to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office Jan. 7.

Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell said in a statement the public's help has been key to the investigation.

"The progression of this investigation was greatly aided by the many tips we received since the initial release of the surveillance images on [Jan. 4]," Schnell said. "The combination of an engaged public working collaboratively with local law enforcement and other local governmental and non-governmental resources is, and always has been, key to building and maintaining a safe community."

Police are still seeking a third unknown suspect at this time.

Call 911 or 651-767-0640 with any information about suspects or the case.

—Mike Munzenrider

 

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