Authorities have identified the 46-year-old man who was found fatally shot in a car that crashed in south Minneapolis, and the suspected killer has been charged.
Michael E. Rekow, who had no permanent address at the time of his death early Saturday, was shot multiple times, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office.
The suspect, 40-year-old Ernesto F.A. Rivera, of northeast Minneapolis, was located in St. Paul and jailed Sunday. Rivera is scheduled to appear Tuesday afternoon in Hennepin County District Court on a second-degree murder charge.
Numerous callers to 911 reported hearing shots at about 2:50 a.m. near the intersection of E. 45th Street and Stevens Avenue S. One caller said the vehicle crashed into the Interstate 35W sound wall, which runs parallel to Stevens, near the 46th Street entrance ramp.
The two men were discussing stolen property shortly before gunfire erupted, according to the criminal complaint. The homicide is the city’s 27th this year.
Rivera has a lengthy criminal history in Minnesota that includes several convictions for burglary, along with convictions for assault, a weapons violation and receiving stolen property.
Rekow also had been in trouble with the law for many years, often involving theft.
His most daring crime occurred in August 2008, when he commandeered an unmarked Inver Grove Heights squad car and led police on a high-speed chase for several miles while handcuffed.
So-called stop sticks placed on the road by law enforcement brought Rekow to a halt, according to the criminal complaint.