Felony charges await a local man accused of robbing another man in a south Minneapolis apartment building last fall, even though neither of them remembers much about the episode.
Jose Antonio Martinez-Gonzalez was charged Monday with first-degree aggravated robbery in the Oct. 14 attack at an apartment building on Garfield Avenue. Surveillance video captured the altercation between a group of suspects, including Martinez-Gonzalez, and the victim, prosecutors said.
Martinez-Gonzalez, 19, remained in jail on Monday in lieu of $100,000 bond.
Prosecutors said that the victim had a hazy recollection of being assaulted and robbed of his keys and eyeglasses by a man who had driven him home after a night of drinking.
But, the victim told police at the time he didn't recall being stabbed, only remembering seeing his clothes covered in blood, but being "so drunk he just wanted to go to bed," according to a criminal complaint. He woke up the next morning and realized that he had been stabbed or cut in the right side, on his hands and under his left eye, the complaint said.
Investigators later reviewed surveillance video, which prosecutors say showed Martinez-Gonzalez and several others jumping the victim in the building's lobby on the morning in question and taking his belongings. Police later sent the victim's bloody clothing to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's crime lab for DNA testing. The results came back on Dec. 6, showing that a mixture of DNA found on the victim's jacket collar matched Martinez-Gonzalez's, prosecutors said.
After his arrest last week, Martinez-Gonzalez told officers that he had been too drunk to remember the incident, but, after watching the surveillance footage, agreed that it showed him holding a knife to the victim's neck, the complaint said.
He is expected to make his first court appearance on Tuesday.