WOODBURY, Minn. (WCCO) — A 17-year-old has been charged in connection with a car theft and robbery spree in Woodbury earlier this month.
The Washington County Attorney’s Office said Tayvein Sophun Pttachan Tep was charged via juvenile petition with aggravated robbery, second-degree assault and theft of a motor vehicle. The attorney’s office also filed a motion to have Tep tried in adult court.
Tep is currently in custody in another county.
The attorney’s office says Tep’s alleged crimes happened in a 45-minute span the night of Nov. 8 at a Chik-Fil-A, Target and tobacco shop near Valley Creek plaza.
The petition states the victim at Chik-Fil-A told investigators three males robbed her at gunpoint, taking her purse containing her wallet, cellphone, keys and a Taser.
The victim at Target said two males got into her car and each pointed a gun at her, telling her to stay quiet or they would kill her, according to the petition. The males allegedly took her wallet and told her to get out of the car, then one of them drove away in it while another returned to a different vehicle.
According to the petition, the suspects tried to use the first victim’s credit cards at Target. They were also captured on surveillance footage in the store, which is how law enforcement identified Tep, the petition states.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office was tracking Tep’s GPS data via a court order, the petition states, and that data showed he was in Woodbury during the crime spree. He also allegedly posted a video on social media showing one of the stolen cars.
Tep was arrested Nov. 9 in Eden Prairie. According to the petition, authorities found a debit card from one of the victims and a handgun in his apartment.
Tep was wanted for fleeing a court-ordered group home during the spree, the petition states.
When the crimes occurred, police said multiple suspects were involved, and they were looking for two suspect vehicles: a 2014 gray Honda Pilot and a newer model black BMW X1.