Bail set at $2M for man charged in connection to death, kidnapping of Minneapolis realtor |

Bail set at $2M for man charged in connection to death, kidnapping of Minneapolis realtor

Cedric Lamont Berry Photo: Minneapolis Police Department . Cedric Lamont Berry

Updated: January 16, 2020 01:19 PM
Created: January 07, 2020 12:00 AM

The man charged in connection to the kidnapping and murder of Monique Baugh, a mother and Minneapolis realtor, made his first appearance in court Tuesday.

A Hennepin County judge set the bail for 41-year-old Cedric Lamont Berry at $2 million. The judge said Berry is an "extreme threat to public safety."

Berry was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of kidnapping to commit great bodily harm, according to court records.

Officers responded to the 1300 block of Russell Avenue North in Minneapolis at about 6:38 p.m. New Year's Eve after a ShotSpotter report. According to a search warrant application, Baugh, a young mother and realtor, was found with multiple gunshot wounds and duct tape around one of her wrists. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

A witness told police he saw a U-Haul vehicle drive north in the alley where Baugh was found. Just an hour before Baugh was found, police responded to a shooting near 48th Avenue N. and Humboldt Avenue N. The victim of that shooting was Baugh's boyfriend, the affidavit states.

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A criminal complaint states two young children—a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old—were in the home when Baugh's boyfriend was shot. The complaint states Baugh's boyfriend told investigators he saw the man use a key to come into his home through the front door while he was carrying a gun. The man then began shooting at Baugh's boyfriend, who yelled out, "I am dead already! My babies are here," the complaint states. The suspect then left.

It goes on to say Baugh's mother arrived at the home to care for the children while Baugh's boyfriend was treated and told authorities she was concerned Baugh wasn't there because she normally would be. She also said the key the suspect used belonged to Baugh.

Shortly after, police responded to the shooting on Russell Avenue and found Baugh. The complaint states the same .45 caliber, silver-colored "Federal" brand discharged cartridge casings found when Baugh's boyfriend was shot were found at the scene where Baugh was found. The medical examiner later determined Baugh was shot at a distance of two feet or less, twice in the torso and once in the face.

Surveillance video from a house near the murder scene showed a U-Haul leaving the area. Further video examination showed an individual escorting Baugh into the back of the U-Haul before it drives away.

After tracking down the U-Haul, the complaint states the people who rented the U-Haul van said they rented it for a friend they identified as Berry, who police said is a rival drug dealer of Baugh's boyfriend. The complaint states Berry gave them a small amount of heroin to rent the U-Haul for him.

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