MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An 18-year-old woman has been charged with aggravated robbery after police say she and two of her friends robbed a man who hired her for sex, according to a criminal complaint.
Officers were dispatched to an apartment around 8:37 p.m. on June 11 located on Silver Bell Road in Eagan. Upon arrival, they met with a man who said he responded to an online ad and made arrangements for a prostitute to come to his apartment.
According to the complaint, Riley Lane Closson, of Eagan, arrived at the man’s apartment with two of her friends, 18-year-old Raygne Bryshanna Parker and 18-year-old Maryan Abdi Hurshe.
The man told police he was not expecting more than one woman and asked the others to leave. He said his brother was also at the apartment when the three women arrived.
As soon as the three women entered the apartment, they demanded money, according to the charges. Closson allegedly told the man she had a gun and would kill him and his brother if they didn’t give them more money.
The complaint states the women then began ripping their clothing, telling the men they would call the police and say the two men raped them if they didn’t get money and/or valuables.
One of the men then agreed to take Closson to an ATM at a gas station to get more money. The other man said he tried to push the two women out of the apartment but they hit and punched him, and stabbed him near his temple with a pen, according to the charges.
Police say one of the women stole the man’s car keys off a shelf in the apartment and after seeing him call 911, all three ran to a blue Dodge Charger and left.
The man who initially responded to the online ad told police he was scared for his life and unable to sleep because he was afraid the women would come back and harm them, according to the charges.
The Minnesota State Patrol spotted and stopped the Dodge Charger around 11:51 p.m. that same night in Plymouth. The women denied stealing any money from the men and denied hitting or punching anyone. Parker claimed the men had assaulted them, according to the complaint.
The man’s car keys were recovered from inside the Charger and Closson was placed under arrest. In a statement to officers, Closson claimed it was Parker who posted the ad online for prostitution and that she just drove the other women to the apartment. She said the incident and robbery occurred but she only waited in the hall and never entered the apartment, according to investigators.
Police say Closson’s driver’s license photo on file with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety confirmed she is the same person pictured in the online ad.
If convicted, Closson could face up to 15 years in prison and/or up to $30,000 in fines.