BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: 3 suspects held in federal indictment involving home invasion
Three people, including two brothers from Wabasha County, are being held in federal custody in connection with a “home invasion” earlier this year.
Lennie Dwayne Brooks, 33, of Zumbro Falls and Randy Lorenzo Brooks, 23, of Wabasha and Autumn Marie Nichols, 20, of St. Paul, appeared in U.S. Federal Court in St. Paul Friday afternoon. They have been ordered to be held on no bail. They are being held in the Sherburne County Jail in Elk River.
The three are believed to be responsible for a pair of home invasion robberies in rural Steele County in August and September. However, Angie LaTour, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, could not confirm the location of the alleged crime or whether there was any connection to the Steele County home invasions other than saying that they are being held “in connection to a home invasion.”
It’s believed the three were involved in numerous home invasions throughout the state.
The suspects have been charged with violating the Hobbs Act, which prohibits actual or attempted robbery affecting interstate or foreign commerce in any way or degree.
Federal authorities accuse the trio of stealing about $50,000 in cash belonging to the Shaung Hur Asian Markets and as a result, caused the death of a robbery victim. The case pointed out in the federal indictment is not either of the Steele County cases.
The case is connected to a multi-jurisdictional investigation conducted by the ATF and many city and county law enforcement agencies throughout the metro area as well as western Wisconsin and southern Minnesota, including Steele County. Some of the other agencies were Olmsted County, Winona County, Washington County, Wabasha County, St. Croix County, Eden Prairie, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Cottage Grove and Woodbury.