A Minnesota man was charged with murder Monday after authorities said he posed as a package delivery driver, entered a home and demanded money before shooting three people in the head, including at least one at close range.
Alonzo Pierre Mingo, 37, was charged with three counts of second-degree murder, with intent, for Friday’s murders at a home in suburban Minneapolis, which authorities say happened while two children under the age of 5 were present. He is jailed on $5 million bail.
Mingo made his first court appearance Monday and was denied a public defender. Online court records do not list an attorney and it was not immediately clear whether he had one who could comment on his behalf. A man who confirmed he was Mingo’s brother hung up when The Associated Press contacted him and asked about the criminal charges against Mingo.
Coon Rapids police said they received an emergency call to the home Friday. When they arrived, they found two men and a woman dead, all with gunshot wounds to the head.
Video footage taken outside the home showed three people leaving Mingo’s car Friday and entering the house, police said. Two were dressed as delivery drivers and one was carrying a cardboard box, authorities said.
Home camera footage showed Mingo, dressed in a UPS-style uniform, leading a man at gunpoint into a bedroom where a woman and two children under the age of 5 were located, according to a description of the video by the police. Police said the video shows Mingo holding the man and woman at gunpoint and demanding money, then led the group out of the room.
He returned to the room with only the woman, then shot her at point-blank range, police said.
“The older child can be seen entering the bedroom a short time later, crying hysterically,” Coon Rapids police wrote in a probable cause statement.
The younger man then tried to check on the woman, but the older man pulled him away from the room, according to the release.
Police did not indicate in the probable cause statement whether any money or valuables were missing from the home.
When police arrived, they found one of the deceased men at the door of the house and another in an office. The woman’s body was found in the bedroom.
The video shows Mingo and two other adults leaving the home seven minutes after entering it, the probable cause affidavit states. Police found Mingo driving the vehicle several hours later and arrested him. Mingo is from Fridley, another Minneapolis suburb less than 10 miles from Coon Rapids.
The criminal complaint makes no mention of the charges against the two other suspects who entered the home.
Police said Mingo was employed at UPS until early January. They found a UPS delivery uniform top and vest in a backpack in Mingo’s vehicle. Fingerprints on cardboard box brought to Mingo’s home game, police say.
UPS spokeswoman Karen Tomaszewski Hill said in an email that Mingo was a seasonal employee “who only worked for the company for a short time” until mid-January.
“As this is an active investigation, we will defer to investigating authorities for additional questions,” she said.
In Minnesota, second-degree murder, intentional, carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, although sentencing guidelines generally provide for a presumptive sentence less than that, depending on prior history. criminals of the accused.
The sentencing guidelines state that while they are advisory, presumptive sentences “are deemed appropriate” and judges should only deviate from them when “substantial and compelling circumstances can be identified and articulated.”
Prosecutors said they plan to seek an above-guideline sentence because of aggravating circumstances in the case. Among them, they claim, the victims were treated with particular cruelty and the murders took place in the presence of two young children.
Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines were created to establish consistent, neutral sentences without considering factors such as race or gender.
Associated Press writer Jack Dura contributed to this report.