A 16-year-old Coon Rapids boy faces murder charges after an attempted carjacking resulted in the shooting death of the driver, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Monday, June 17.
Jered Ohsman is charged with two counts of second degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Steven Markey, of Maple Grove, who was shot in Minneapolis June 11. One count alleges Ohsman had intent to kill, and the other does not allege intent but claims the killing took place during commission of a felony.
A 15-year-old boy was also charged in the case in juvenile court.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has asked to have Ohsman certified for prosecution as an adult. Under the law, the presumption is the judge will grant the motion, according to the County Attorney’s Office.
According to the juvenile petition against Ohsman, Markey was parked in his car near the intersection of 14th Avenue Northeast and Tyler Street Northeast around 4:50 p.m. June 11. Wearing bandannas over their faces, Ohsman and the 15-year-old allegedly approached Markey, planning to rob him and steal his car.
Ohsman was armed with a .22-caliber Ruger, while the 15-year-old had a 9 mm Glock, and both suspects fired their weapons during the robbery,
according to the petition.
Markey was shot multiple times and tried to flee the scene but crashed into a building a block away and later died of his gunshot wounds, the charges say.
Surveillance footage showed the suspects fleeing, and they eventually changed their clothes and hid a backpack under a set of stairs, according to the petition. Investigators located the backpack, which contained the Glock and Ruger.
In the hours after the homicide, Ohsman and the 15-year-old stole a Honda CR-V in St. Louis Park and used it to commit a burglary in New Hope before Ohsman crashed the vehicle while fleeing, according to the charges against him. Ohsman also faces felony charges for burglary, vehicle theft and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
Ohsman told police he was caught “red handed” and admitted to the shooting, according to the petition. He told officers the victim had reached for something Ohsman thought might have been a gun, so he fired.
After the interview with police, Ohsman wrote a letter of apology to the victim’s family and claimed responsibility for the killing, according to the charges.