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District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Two Individuals Charged With Armed Robbery Of A Brooklyn Center Hotel

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a criminal complaint charging KEANU DEWONE ROSS, 28, and ANTOINETTE DENIECE MAE DOBYNE, 28, for their roles in the armed robbery of a Super 8 Hotel. ROSS and DOBYNE made their initial appearances before Magistrate Judge Katherine M. Menendez in U.S. District Court. ROSS was ordered to remain in custody pending a formal detention hearing, which is scheduled for Monday, July 20, 2020.

According to the allegations in the criminal complaint and law enforcement affidavit, on February 14, 2020, at approximately 2:30 a.m., officers with the Brooklyn Center Police Department (BCPD) responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Super 8 Hotel in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. A hotel employee told BCPD officers that two men, both carrying firearms, ordered him to the ground at gunpoint and took his cell phone, car keys, and cash from the business, and then told him to run from the scene. As the employee fled on foot, he heard multiple gunshots. Officers recovered a discharged cartridge casing at the scene of the robbery. Surveillance camera footage showed two men committing the robbery as described by the employee. The footage also showed the two men running from the hotel toward an SUV and then fleeing on foot after the SUV got stuck in a snowbank. BCPD officers located DOBYNE in the SUV. Later that same day, ROSS called a BCPD detective to ask about the release of the SUV, identifying himself as the boyfriend of the SUV’s driver. ROSS also told the detective that his wallet and ID were in the middle glovebox of the SUV. During a subsequent search of the SUV, law enforcement discovered a wallet containing identification for ROSS.

According to the allegations in the criminal complaint and law enforcement affidavit, on February 14, 2020, at approximately 1:30 p.m., ROSS was detained during a traffic stop by officers with the Minneapolis Police Department. Officers confiscated a Taurus Model PT738 .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol that was found on ROSS’s person. Subsequent forensic analysis using the discharged cartridge casing recovered at the scene of the robbery revealed that the confiscated firearm was the same one that was fired at the Super 8 Hotel. Because ROSS has prior felony convictions, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Brooklyn Center Police Department, and the Minneapolis Police Department. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), an initiative that brings together federal, state, and local law enforcement to combat violent crime. This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Bejar is prosecuting the case.

The charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Defendant Information:

KEANU DEWONE ROSS, 28

Minneapolis, Minn.

Charges:

  • Aiding and abetting interference with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act), 1 count
  • Using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, 1 count
  • Felon in possession of a firearm, 1 count

 

ANTOINETTE DENIECE MAE DOBYNE, 28

Fargo, North Dakota.

Charges:

  • Aiding and abetting interference with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act), 1 count

 

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Updated July 15, 2020