June 18, 2019 09:29 AM
Two juveniles have been charged by petition in an attempted robbery and carjacking which resulted in the shooting death of a Maple Grove man.
According to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, a 16-year-old boy from Coon Rapids was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Steven Markey, one with intent to kill someone, the other without intent while committing the crime of aggravated robbery. The county attorney's office said a motion was also filed to certify the minors as adults, which means they would be prosecuted in adult court instead of juvenile court.
According to the juvenile petition filed against the 16-year-old, Markey was in his parked car near the intersection of 14th Avenue Northeast and Tyler Street Northeast in Minneapolis at about 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday. The petition states the two juveniles saw him there and decided to rob him and steal his car. The 16-year-old possessed a .22 caliber Ruger semi-automatic pistol and the other boy had a 9 mm Glock semi-automatic pistol. Both pulled bandanas over their faces.
The 16-year-old told police he ordered Markey to get out of the car but claimed he saw Markey reach for something and shot him, the petition states. More shots were fired and Markey drove away, but he eventually crashed into a building and died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Steven Markey's family said Tuesday they are overwhelmed with anger and anguish. Markey worked as an assistant for his mom's legal firm. He was in the office last Tuesday and before he left.
"I made him a steak sandwich for lunch. He loved it and snuck the dog a couple of bites," said Catherine Markey. "I hugged him goodbye and off he went." She went onto say, "Steve reached for his wallet and they shot him. He would give them his car and his money. He didn't care about and would not fight anyone ever. GUNS KILL PEOPLE!!!," Markey replied.
An autopsy showed Steven Markey was a homicide victim and died from multiple gunshot wounds.
The two boys ran through alleyways behind buildings on Tyler Street. They hid their backpack with the two weapons inside under some stairs, but police eventually located it and the guns were recovered as well, according to the petition.
Then, sometime after 8 p.m. on the same night, a Honda CRV was stolen from in front of a home on 28th Street in St. Louis Park, according to a second petition against the 16-year-old. A few hours later, at 2:25 a.m., New Hope police were called to a cellphone store where a burglary was in progress.
Upon officers' arrival, they witnessed someone dressed in black run from the business and jump into the front passenger side of the Honda CRV. The car sped off and police pursued. About a mile into the pursuit, the car turned onto the on-ramp for Highway 169 north, but the driver lost control and crashed through a chain-link fence, according to the petition.
Both the 15-year-old and 16-year-old were arrested and the 16-year-old was charged with third-degree burglary, motor vehicle theft and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle for the offenses that occurred after the murder.
Markey's brother-in-law, Jeff Schunk, issued the following statement to KSTP Monday night:
"Steve's family and friends are devastated by his tragic death. Steve's family has heard from countless friends locally and from around the world, shocked by his senseless death and incredibly angry that the perpetrators obtained guns and randomly killed Steve. Steve brought so much joy into the lives of his family and friends, and his loss creates a void that cannot be filled.
"The family is too devastated to discuss the legal aspects of this murder."
Tommy Wiita & Beth McDonough
Updated: June 18, 2019 09:29 AM
Created: June 17, 2019 05:37 PM
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