by NATHANIEL NELSON
A pair of Air Jordans led police to identifying and arresting a 23-year-old Winona man in alleged connection to the December 2 armed robbery of a Winona-area Kwik Trip.
Marcus Deonte Montgomery, 23, of Winona, was charged with four felony counts, including aggravated robbery, receiving stolen property, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and making terroristic threats with a replica firearm.
According to the criminal complaint, at 9:08 p.m. on December 2, police responded to a report of an armed robbery at a Kwik Trip in Winona. Security footage showed that two African-American men entered the store, one wearing a bright orange facemask and brandishing a black and silver handgun. The employees were reportedly ordered to lay on the floor and open the store safe. According to witnesses, the masked individual pointed the gun at an employee and instructed her to, “give me all your money.” The other individual, wearing a black mask and carrying a black backpack, reportedly forced an employee to the ground and told her to “get down,” “don’t look at me,” and “hurry up.”
The two assailants fled the scene after taking a total of $1,400 from the store in a green bank deposit bag.
Shoe prints determined to be from a Nike Air Jordan 12 shoe were reportedly found on the scene and tracked, using a K9 search dog, to a parking lot near the store. Tire tracks of a vehicle were reportedly identified and measured at the scene.
On December 17, police reportedly received an anonymous tip that Montgomery was connected to the robbery.
According to the report, at 6:34 p.m. on December 23, police responded to a report of a bullet hole in the ceiling on an apartment in Winona. Offices reportedly determined that the bullet entered the apartment from above, ricocheted off the wall and landed on the floor. A bullet fragment was found on the floor of the kitchen, the report states.
Officers then went upstairs to speak with the residents –– Montgomery and two other men. Officers reportedly observed a bullet hole in the floor of the apartment, and then asked the three men for consent to search the apartment for any handguns. The three men walked officers to their separate bedrooms to conduct a search.
In Montgomery’s room, officers reportedly found a green Army bag that contained a black 9-mm handgun, along with a magazine full of ammunition. The serial number of the gun reportedly came back stolen. Officers also noticed a pair of Nike Air Jordan 12 shoes and a bb gun in the room, both later determined to match those used in the robbery.
A search warrant was obtained for the apartment, which produced a black Nike glove, an XCP .177 bb pistol, an empty roll of quarters, an unopened roll of nickels, an unopened roll of pennies, a partially opened roll of pennies, black Air Jordan sweatpants, black Air Jordan 12 shoes and a black Nike backpack. All items found were consistant with information gathered of the Kwik Trip robbery, the report states.
While speaking with the officers, Montgomery denied knowing of the stolen handgun and denied involvement in the robbery, and claimed that he was at his mother’s home that night. In reviewing footage of the interview room while Montgomery was alone, he reportedly could be heard saying “think of a story,” and “Kwik Trip [expletive],” before an officer told him to stop using his phone. Montgomery then reportedly spoke into his Apple Watch, saying “Yeah I know, yeah I know I messed up,” and “No, but they saw some of the rolls.”