Minneapolis: Carjacker Overdoses, Gets Lit on Fire After Holding Victim Captive

(Star Tribune) A 35-year-old man was carjacked in downtown Minneapolis by three men, beaten and forced to withdraw $3,000 from his bank account while being held captive for several hours, while one of his assailants died of an apparent overdose during the act, according to charges filed Wednesday.

Desmond D. Graham, 31, of Minneapolis was jailed Monday and charged in Hennepin County District Court with kidnapping, first-degree robbery, assault and ATM card fraud in connection with the ordeal that began on March 10 and ended well into the next day, when the victim fled into Cup Foods at S. Chicago Avenue and E. 38th Street.

Another suspect, 45-year-old Larry Mosby, overdosed while using fentanyl during the kidnapping, lapsed into unconsciousness and died, the charges read.

Graham poured gasoline on Mosby and lit him on fire in a shuttered gas station across from Cup Foods, according to the charges. The Medical Examiner’s Office said it has yet to determine the official cause and manner of Mosby’s death.

The vehicle owner, from Minnetonka, suffered a broken nose, cuts and bruises to his face, hemorrhaging to his eyes and other superficial injuries.

At the time of the carjacking, Graham was out on $100,000 bond after being charged with twice robbing a cellphone store on Rice Street in St. Paul, once on Feb. 3 of cellphones and again on March 2, when he made off with cash.

“After some time,” the charges read, Graham and Mosby forced the man back into his car, and they drove to a nearby bank.

Mosby went inside with the man, who had on a hat and mask to conceal his fresh injuries from others in the bank, and withdrew another $1,000. Mosby had promised to free him in exchange for the withdrawal, but did not.

Graham and Mosby drove around the city using narcotics while still holding the man captive until Mosby fell unconscious.

They returned to the gas station, where Graham poured alcohol on Mosby “and lit him on fire to try to wake him up,” the charges read.

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