2 Men Charged in Lake Street Transit Center Robbery of Woman

Deondre Rasheem Jackson and Wesley Norman Martin Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
Deondre Rasheem Jackson and Wesley Norman Martin

March 08, 2018 11:41 AM

Minneapolis police are using cell phone video uploaded to Facebook of an assault of a woman at a Lake Street transit center to charge a man they allege carried out the attack and another man they allege recorded it. 

According to criminal complaints filed recently in Hennepin County, police said footage from the Chicago-Lake Transit Center shows a man, identified as Wesley Martin, and a female accomplice approach the woman, who authorities described as "elderly," as she sat on a bench Feb. 12, hover over her and “appear to yell at her.”

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Via the transit center video, police were also able to identify 20-year-old Deondre Jackson as the man who would later begin recording the incident on his phone, the complaint says. Both Jackson and Martin are known to police, the charging document says, and Martin was in custody as recently as Feb. 23 on an unrelated probation violation. As of Wednesday, Jackson was also in custody on a probation violation. 

The complaint, which documents both transit center security footage and the uploaded Facebook video, describes the latter as appalling. 

The security footage shows the woman on the bench tried to ignore the taunts directed her way, and at one point tried to get up but was repeatedly shoved back down. 

Martin could be seen taking a bottle of liquor from inside the woman’s jacket, running his hands over her stomach, bottom and thighs, and preventing the woman from getting away, the complaint says. The unidentified female accomplice, meantime, stands over the woman and at one point tries to remove the woman’s jacket while Martin holds her in place, court documents state.

Video shows the woman struggle with the aggressors while almost reaching the door of the transit center before being pulled back, the complaint alleges.

The security footage at that point shows Jackson beginning to record the assault on his phone, according to the complaint. 

Martin and his accomplice threw the woman to the floor, and Martin groped her while Jackson “moves the camera in for a close-up of Victim’s face,” the complaint says. The woman remained in a fetal position on the floor while clinging to her jacket as the accomplice tried to pry it away. 

The complaint alleges Jackson could be heard on the video yelling racial epithets at the woman and saying, "That lady like a hundred years old!"

The alleged victim yelled, “Help me!” as “many” onlookers stood by without acting, the complaint alleges. However, one man attempted to intervene, engaged in a fight with Martin, and was kicked and punched in the face.

In the meantime, the complaint says, the accomplice continued to “yank on Victim’s shirt and eventually tears it from Victim.” Eventually, Martin is seen in the video leaving the transit center with the woman’s shirt.   

Jackson and Martin are both charged on a warrant. The complaint says Martin is on probation following an assault conviction stemming from a Feb. 7 incident. Jackson had been convicted of aggravated robbery and making terroristic threats stemming from a January 2016 incident. 

Both men are charged with felony first-degree aggravated robbery in connection to the transit center incident. 

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