Eden Prairie home invasion suspects linked to statewide crime spree

December 21, 2018 06:10 PM

Two brothers and a woman from southeast Minnesota are facing federal charges in connection with an October home invasion in Eden Prairie where the owner suffered a heart attack and died, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota announced Friday morning.

A federal prosecutor told a judge there could be several additional charges added later.

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“This is not the only home invasion. There are nine or 10 more to come,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Paulsen during the suspects' first appearance in court Friday afternoon.

Lennie Dwayne Brooks, 33, Randy Lorenzo Brooks, 23, and Autumn Marie Nichols, 20, face federal robbery charges, under the Hobbs Act, for allegedly stealing roughly $50,000 from the Shuang Hur Asian Market, which has locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

“The Hobbs Act prohibits any attempted or actual robberies of interstate commerce. And particular in this case... there was somebody who was killed in relation to that,” said ATF spokesperson Ashlee Sherrill.

The robbery happened at the owner's home.

Oukham Oudavanh's death was ruled a homicide earlier this month by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office. He was 63.

He died as a result of the robbery, according to the release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. However, the three robbery suspects have not been charged in connection to the death.

“The victim went into cardiac arrest,” Paulsen told the court. “The defendants did nothing to assist him and he died.”

The suspects were arrested after federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) led a series of raids around Rochester on Thursday morning, according to the ATF.

The federal prosecutor on the case described Lennie Brooks as the “leader” and Nichols as the “getaway driver.”

All three suspects remain in federal custody, but a judge agreed to release Nichols to a halfway house once a bed becomes available.

In a statement on Eden Prairie’s website, Chief of Police Greg Weber said his department was among many who assisted the ATF in making the arrests on Thursday.

“Eden Prairie Police detectives spent countless hours working on this investigation over the past two months,” wrote Weber. “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the victims, their family, friends and neighbors. My hope is that the arrest of these suspects will bring justice to those responsible for the crimes committed in this case, and ultimately bring closure to all of those in our community affected by it”

A brother-in-law of the victim says his family is asking for privacy, but told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they were relieved to hear about the arrests and are thankful to police.

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