Man Charged in Como Park Burglary that Injured 1

Robert Javonte Barrett Photo: Ramsey County
Robert Javonte Barrett

October 06, 2017 08:56 PM

A St. Paul man faces multiple charges after robbing a family at gunpoint in their Como Park home, according to court records.

A criminal complaint states 22-year-old Robert Javonte Barrett faces two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree attempted aggravated robbery and two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.


St. Paul police were called on the evening of Sept. 21 to a home in the 1600 block of Maywood Street on reports of a burglary and attempted robbery.

The complaint said the female resident was washing dishes in the kitchen when a Barrett walked into the home's enclosed breezeway, pointed a rifle at her and said, "I want the money." The woman screamed, which caused her husband to run into the room and step between his wife and Barrett.

The man told Barrett there was money located in a kitchen drawer. When Barrett was unable to locate money, he told the two victims, "Stop stalling, or I'm going to shoot you."

The man then grabbed the rifle from Barrett and fought for control of it. While both men were struggling for the firearm, it went off. The man was able to wrestle the gun away from Barrett and strike him in the head with the butt.

Barrett again gained control of the rifle and attempted to flee. While fleeing, the male victim tackled Barrett in the street when another shot went off. Barrett then fled with the rifle.

The male victim suffered a gunshot wound to the knee, according to the complaint.

Police later received an anonymous tip that Barrett had recently suffered a head injury and that Barrett was the type of person to commit such crimes.

The two victims later picked Barrett out from an array of photos.

Barrett was arrested by police on Thursday, according to the complaint. During an interview, Barrett told police he was high on cocaine, and the whole night was a "blur."

Barrett asked the police officer conducting the interview to apologize to the victims for him.


Ben Rodgers

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