Minneapolis Man Charged with Murder in Shooting Near Freeway Wall

Ernesto Fabian Anthony Rivera Photo: Hennepin County
Ernesto Fabian Anthony Rivera

September 12, 2017 04:27 PM

A fatal shooting in south Minneapolis early Saturday stemmed from an argument over stolen property, according to charges filed in Hennepin County Tuesday.

The argument occurred while 46-year-old Michael Edward Rekow and a woman he dated sat in a vehicle before 3 a.m. Saturday near 45th Street and Stevens Avenue. The vehicle was approached by two men who began to discuss stolen property with Rekow, the woman told investigators.

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The men walked away, but one of them, later identified as 40-year-old Ernesto Fabian Anthony Rivera, returned and began shooting Rekow, according to the criminal complaint. Rekow attempted to drive away but crashed into the back of the Interstate 35W freeway wall along Stevens. He had taken at least one gunshot to the head, the complaint says.  

Rivera is now charged with second-degree murder in Rekow's death and remains in Hennepin County Jail on $1 million bond.

Security footage from a nearby home corroborated the witness' story. The footage showed Rivera grab a dark satchel after the shooting, climb onto the garage roof of a nearby home and attempt to jump to another roof before falling between two garages, according to the complaint.

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The footage then showed Rivera, now without a sweatshirt he had previously been wearing, running westbound while the second suspect fled in a vehicle. 

Police found the discarded sweatshirt with a "blood-like substance" on it between the two garages, the complaint says.

Later, having used Rivera's street name provided by the witness to establish his identity, police tracked the suspect to a St. Paul residence where he was arrested. The complaint says officers found the dark satchel, identified as belonging to Rekow, containing a blood-like substance at the St. Paul residence.

A search of Rivera's phone showed an exchange of messages between Rekow and Rivera before the shooting, the charges say. 

Rivera's next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 10.

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