Olmsted County death officially ruled a homicide; authorities ID man killed (with press conference video)

Authorities are officially classifying the death of a Somali man who was found on an Olmsted County road Tuesday as a homicide.

Posted: Mar 7, 2019 9:02 AM
Updated: Mar 7, 2019 4:43 PM

OLMSTED COUNTY, Minn. - Authorities are officially classifying the death of a Somali man who was found on an Olmsted County road Tuesday as a homicide.
Authorities identified Garad Hassan Roble, 28, of Rochester, as the man who was shot multiple times and found deceased.
There are people of interest in the case, authorities said Thursday, but no arrests have been made.

Watch: The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office gives an update on the case. 

Garad Roble - Image provided by family.

Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson said it “seems to be a very specific act against Mr. Roble.”

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking information from the public regarding Mr. Roble’s whereabouts during the 24 hours prior to him being located (from 03:00 AM on Monday March 4th to 03:45 on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019).

The Sheriff’s Office can be contacted at 507-328-6688

“Due to the initial investigation indicating that this was not a random act of violence, we do not believe there is an ongoing concern for public safety,” authorities said Wednesday.
The male was found deceased Tuesday morning in the 2300 block of 45th St. SE in Marion Township.
According to Sgt. Kirby Long, a person driving to work saw the man and called 911. Gold Cross and Olmsted County Sheriff's Office arrived on scene to find the man deceased. Based on "apparent trauma," the death was called suspicious.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting the Sheriff's office in the investigation.

This is Rochester's first homicide since Sept. 8,  2018.

After a deadly year in terms of homicides in 2018, this is Rochester's first murder of 2019. 

2018 ROCHESTER HOMICIDES

Alexander Weiss 2nd-degree murder charge

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Court documents detail tense moments prior to 25-year-old Alexander Weiss shooting 17-year-old Muhammed Rahim after a traffic accident.

On Wednesday, Weiss was charged with second-degree murder in the case and was held on $200,000 for unconditional bond and $75,000 for conditional bond just after 11 a.m.

Read more here. 

According to the criminal complaint, Weiss told police in the moments just before the shooting that Rahim “got in his face” and spit on him before Rahim “grabbed at Weiss’ gun.”

Weiss said after that, he shot Rahim once.

Documents state Weiss told officers that he saw a Chevy Cavalier hit the sewer gate on the north side of 31st St. NE. Weiss said he drove his Subaru near the Cavalier and the Cavalier backed into Weiss’ vehicle

Police: Verbal confrontation led to Rochester murder

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Sao Yim Jr., 24 of Rochester, is charged with 2nd degree murder for the March 12 killing of Ahmed Muafaq Abdulhu Al Naddf, 40, who was found shot to death in the 2800 block of Charles Court NW in Rochester. Yim is also charged with possession of a firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence.

Read more here. 

Yim has pleaded not guilty and his trial is now scheduled to begin on May 13, 2019.

Eric Tyler Lee, of Rochester, pleaded guilty to aiding an offender in this case and was previously sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation.

Two stabbed to death as Rochester has first double murder in more than 2 decades

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Officers had left the scene just 10 minutes before a fatal double stabbing Saturday night, authorities said Monday.
Phillip Hicks, one of two victims who died Saturday, called police at 6:29 p.m. Saturday about a verbal altercation he was having with Glenn Johnson. This is the first double murder in Rochester in more than two decades.

Read more here. 
Police arrived at the Castleview Apartments at 6:37 p.m. and determined that nothing criminal had happened and cleared the scene at 7:05 p.m. The building is managed by The Salvation Army.
Ten minutes later, the call about the stabbings of Hicks, 57, and 45-year-old Eric Alan Flemming was received. Both died from stab wounds to the chest and torso areas.

3 facing second-degree murder charges in trailer park shooting death

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Three people are in custody and Rochester Police tell us they are tied to a trailer park homicide.

Authorities said Kielah Parsons, Malcolm Woods, and Darien Kristopher Klindworth-Woods are facing 2nd degree murdger charges for the fatal shooting of Brandon Arndt.

Read more here. 

Arndt was found shot in the head September 10, inside his trailer home on the 1900 block of Marion Road Southeast.

Arndt was declared dead at the scene.

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