MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Anoka County Attorney’s Office charged Isaiah Harold-Stephaun Holmes with five felonies Wednesday evening for the death of 15-year-old Anthony Rouse.
Holmes, 17, was charged with second-degree murder, assault, and attempted robbery. The county attorney’s office is seeking to have Holmes certified to stand trial as an adult.
According to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, Rouse showed up to Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus just after 7 p.m. Sunday with a gunshot wound. According to police reports Rouse had been shot in his neck and upper shoulder area and suffered massive bleeding. He was in critical condition and later died Tuesday evening from his injuries.
Police reportedly spoke with two males who were with Rouse in the van that delivered him to Unity Hospital. They said that the three of them were driving around in one of their mother’s van earlier in the day and another wanted to buy marijuana.
The group drove to the area of 61st Avenue and Main Street in Fridley where they had previously purchased marijuana from an undisclosed man. They met up with said man and discussed their purchase, but while speaking with the man another man appeared at the passenger sliding door with a handgun and said, “Run your sh–,” which reportedly meant they were being robbed. The man told the boys not to drive off or yell, but the driver slammed on the accelerator to escape. The man then fired the gun several times. The boys noticed Rouse was bleeding and had been shot so they drove to the Hospital.
Several pieces of video evidence show Holmes at the scene of the crime and captured the shooting in its entirety.
“Violence against any person is extremely difficult for the community and law enforcement professionals to comprehend,” Sheriff James Stuart said in a release.
Holmes next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.