Murder charges have been filed against 26-year-old Hopkins man in connection with the robbery and slaying of George Pineda, who was shot several times as he lay on the ground at a north Minneapolis park last week.
Chance Adams was charged Monday with second-degree murder, first-degree aggravated robbery and illegal possession of a firearm in Pineda's June 17 killing near Webber Park. Adams was arrested shortly after the shooting, which occurred around 3:18 a.m., and booked into Hennepin County jail, where he remained held on $2 million bond.
Authorities said that Pineda, 18, was killed after he and a friend were confronted as they walked through the park by a robber, who pulled out a gun and ordered them to get on the ground. The suspect rifled through their pockets and stole "personal property," according to a criminal complaint.
Detectives said that the robber shot at the pair, both of whom were still laying on the ground, before fleeing.
Pineda was struck multiple times and died before police arrived. The other victim, a 17-year-old boy whose identity hasn't been released, escaped injury.
A man, later identified as Adams, was captured a short time later, after a resident called police to report that a suspicious man was trying to break into cars on a nearby street.
Over the weekend, family and friends wrote condolences on social media for Pineda, who they say graduated from Roosevelt High School a week before his death.
The incident, which happened in the area of Lyndale Avenue N. and Webber Parkway, was the latest in a recent wave of street violence across the city that has alarmed residents and prompted Minneapolis police to beef up patrols in the hardest-hit areas.
Adams is set to make his first court appearance in a downtown Minneapolis courthouse on Tuesday afternoon.