A Minneapolis woman faces robbery charges after police said she and several others jumped her roommate, stole $20,000, and then forced him to swallow a sleeping pill at gunpoint as they made their escape.
Wendy Escobar, 22, remained jailed Thursday in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Police said the victim, Escobar’s roommate, reported he had intervened when Escobar attacked her girlfriend with brass knuckles during a May 20 argument at their apartment in the 2500 block of N. 4th Street. Escobar left and returned with several men, who assaulted him as he was getting ready for bed.
One of the men repeatedly hit the victim with a metal “stick,” according to a criminal complaint filed this week in Hennepin County District Court. The suspects rifled through his belongings, stealing two cellphones, a DVD player and $20,000 in cash the victim had stashed in an electric razor box in his closet, the complaint said.
Before they left, Escobar allegedly brandished what turned out to be a BB gun and forced the victim to take a sleeping pill, according to the charges.