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Investigators: Murder suspect shot victim then had others throw away the gun

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Witness reports seeing victim get into suspect's car shortly before his killing.

Posted: Jun 14, 2019 8:53 AM
Updated: Jun 14, 2019 1:06 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Investigators say cell phone date places a murder suspect at the time and place where a man was shot to death.

Ayub Abucar Hagi Iman, 23 of Rochester, is facing a charge of 2nd degree murder and is being held on $1 million bond. The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office says Iman, acting alone or with another, took Garad Hassan Roble, 28 of Rochester, to the 2300 block of 45th Street SE and shot Roble to death.

Garad Roble

Court documents state Roble’s body was found lying in the road around 3:47 am on March 5 with multiple gunshot wounds, including shots to the head and abdomen that would have been fatal on their own. Investigators say about 14 40-caliber shell casings, all from the same gun, were found at the scene.

The criminal complaint stats Roble and another man were seen getting to a car driven by Iman at around 2 am on March 5. A witness told authorities that before he got into Iman’s car, Roble was heard saying “what are you going to do, shoot me? Are you going to murder me?”

Investigators say they used cell phone data to track the movements of Roble, Iman, and the other man to the murder scene, where Roble’s phone was eventually found by law enforcement. Court documents state that cell phone data show Iman and the other man then traveled to an area of northwest Rochester where two known associates live. Cell phone data then reportedly tracks the other man and one of the associates as going to an area near Elton Hills Drive and West River Parkway. Investigators say that is the same area where the handgun used to kill Roble was later found under a bridge.

Authorities contend that after shooting Roble, or being involved with someone else shooting him, Iman then had others try to dispose of the murder weapon.

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ROCHESTER, Minn. – An arrest is made in an Olmsted County homicide investigation.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office says Ayub Iman, 23 from Rochester, has been arrested for his role in the killing of Garad Roble on March 5. It is expected he’ll be charged with aiding an offender in committing 2nd degree murder.  Investigators say they think at least one other person was involved in the killing.

Roble’s body was found in the 2300 block of 45th Street SE in Marion Township with multiple gunshot wounds.  The Sheriff's Office says they believe there was some sort of relationship between Iman and Roble but will not go into futher detail at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office says Iman was taken into custody on Wednesday morning and they have “strong reasons” to believe people who have relationship with Iman have information about Roble’s death. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with such information to come forward.

Iman is being held at the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center due to conflicts with current prisoners at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.  He is described as having had "significant law enforcement contact" in the area.  He is already facing charged of 3rd degree riot and disorderly conduct for an April 11 incident where a man was threatened with a knife.  

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