by Jim Boyle
The two men arrested in connection with an Oct. 24 home invasion in Elk River were charged Oct. 30 with aggravated robbery and kidnapping to facilitate flight, among other things in Sherburne County 10th District Court.
Javonte James McNeal, a 24-year-old Minneapolis man, and Ricardo Antonio Dominguez, a 38-year-old St. Paul man, face lengthy prison terms after they allegedly entered the home of an Elk River couple in the 11000 block of 193rd Avenue about 8:30 p.m. that night and ordered the two of them to the ground at gunpoint, according to the criminal complaint filed in district court.
The men allegedly proceeded to tie each person up and threatened to shoot if they didn’t help them in finding valuables, the complaint stated.
The men have been previously convicted of crimes involving drugs, violence and weapons. Dominguez was convicted of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime in United States District Court June 27, 2007. McNeal was adjudicated of second degree assault on April 26, 2004, and adjudicated of first degree aiding and abetting an attempted aggravated robbery Sept. 17, 2003.
Elk River police were called to 11889 193rd Ave. at approximately 8:34 p.m. on a report of a residential burglary and an assault.
Upon arrival, the officers met with the 26-year-old homeowners. One was visibly upset and other had noticeable signs of injuries including the beginning of a black eye and blood on his lip.
That homeowner told police he answered a knock on his door around 8 p.m. to an African-American male (later identified as McNeal) and a Hispanic male (later identified as Dominguez).
Dominguez reportedly had a gun identified as a Glock handgun. Both homeowners were ordered to the ground and told if they screamed, they would be shot, the complaint said.
Dominguez and McNeal placed zip ties around the wrists of both victims and used home phone cords to try to tie up the feet of one of them, the complaint said. When a phone cord broke, a belt was allegedly used.
The gun was pointed at the homeowners several times by both parties, the complaint stated.
The offenders required one of the victims to tell them where the jewelry and money was and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t provide the information, according to the complaint.
The two offenders reportedly filled a pillowcase with jewelry, purses, cash, and an Xbox, with a total value of more than $5,000. The offenders took one of the victim’s wedding rings valued at $6,000. They also reportedly took firearms, including a Lavender Lady .38 special revolver valued at $429 and a .22 handgun worth $350 and approximately $2,700 in cash.
The offenders fled, but it was unclear to the homeowners whether they left on foot or in a vehicle. They were, however, able to give physical descriptions to the Elk River officers. McNeal was reportedly wearing a pair of black Nike Air Force One tennis shoes, the complaint said.
A Dakota County Drug Task Force received information that Dominguez may have been involved in a robbery in Elk River. Dakota County deputies conducted surveillance at a residence in South St. Paul. Based on information gathered, they obtained search warrants for two Camber Avenue addresses.
At one address, they located Dominguez with some of the property believed to have been taken from the Elk River home. At another address, McNeal was located in bed. At the foot of the bed were clothes that he had reportedly been wearing during the burglary, in addition to the Nike shoes that were mentioned.
Both Dominguez and McNeal were later identified in a photo lineup.
In addition to aggravated robbery, which calls for up to 20 years of imprisonment and/or a $35,000 fine, and kidnapping to facilitate flight, which calls for up to 40 years imprisonment and/or a $50,000 fine, the men were also charged with burglary in the first degree-assault person in building, burglary in the first degree with a dangerous weapon, assault in the second degree with a dangerous weapon and possession of an assault weapon in a previous conviction.