3 Charged In St. Paul Pharmacy Robbery
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office charged three Minneapolis men Monday for allegedly robbing a St. Paul pharmacy of one pound of Hyrdocodone and other drugs earlier this week.
Twenty-four-year-old Ray James Brown, 20-year-old Rayshawn Earl James Brown and 30-year-old Michael Brooks Bynum each face one count of first-degree aggravated robbery and one count of first-degree controlled substance possession, authorities said. Ray James Brown was also charged for possessing a gun and being ineligible to do so.
All three were slated to make their first court appearances Thursday afternoon.
The robbery happened Tuesday at the West Seventh Pharmacy. Police said they saw two men leave the pharmacy and jump into Bynum’s car.
When police stopped Bynum’s car, Ray James Brown and Rayshawn Earl James Brown ran off into the neighborhoods near Palace Avenue and West Seventh Street. Officers assisted Bynum, who is paralyzed, in his arrest.
Neighbors and a police dog named Auggie helped officers find and arrest Ray and Rayshawn. During the arrest, police found a gun and a bag of drugs.
According to police, Ray and Rayshawn said they robbed the pharmacy and demanded Percocet, Vicodin and Hyrdocodone. They planned to sell the drugs for money.
Both Ray and Rayshawn said they learned of the pharmacy and its supplies through a man named Brick, who researched the pharmacy online.