Man pleads guilty to 2020 armed robberies of gas stations and hotels
Court documents say Ross fled in a vehicle that was waiting several blocks away and was being driven by co-defendant Antoinette Deniece Mae Dobyne, 30.
Another incident was reported on February 12 at a Speedway service station in Fridley. The DOJ said Ross demanded money at gunpoint and kicked an employee in the face after ordering him to the ground. He then walked away with $700 in cash, tobacco products and lottery tickets.
Surveillance footage shows the two defendants cashing in some of the stolen lottery tickets at various gas stations.
Court documents describe another robbery at the Super 8 hotel in Brooklyn Center two days later.
Ross and another man were inside an SUV driven by Dobyne before the pair stole the Super 8 at gunpoint, taking $550. They then threw an employee to the ground and took his cell phone and car keys.
The press release says the men told the employee to flee and the victim allegedly heard multiple gunshots after fleeing the hotel. Police later recovered an unloaded cartridge from the scene.
Surveillance footage showed the robbery in progress as well as the suspects fleeing the SUV after it got stuck in a snowdrift. Central Brooklyn Police located Dobyne in the SUV and obtained a warrant to search the vehicle. Ross’ wallet and ID were found along with a gym bag filled with tobacco products.
Ross was arrested by Minneapolis police later that day during a traffic stop and a semi-automatic pistol was found on him, according to court documents. Ballistics analysis showed the firearm was the same one that was fired at the Super 8 hotel.
On Wednesday, Ross pleaded guilty to three counts of aiding and abetting interference with commerce by robbery and one count of using a firearm in a crime. of violence. Dobyne pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting interference in commerce by robbery. Sentencing hearings will be set for a later date, according to the press release.