Winona police arrest one of two Kwik Trip robbery suspects

December 28, 2018

A report of a bullet hole in the ceiling of an apartment led Winona police officers to arrest one of two men they suspect was involved in a robbery of a west-end Kwik Trip earlier this month.

Marcus Deonte Montgomery, 23, Winona, was charged in Winona County District Court Monday with four felonies, including aggravated robbery, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, making terroristic threats with a replica gun and receiving stolen property.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Dec. 17, Winona police received an anonymous tip that Montgomery was connected a Dec. 2 robbery of the Kwik Trip at Broadway and South Baker streets. According to police, two men entered the store, one of them holding a handgun, forcing the store clerks to lay on the ground and open the safe. They fled with $1,400.

Shoe prints determined to be from a pair of Nike Air Jordan 12 shoes were found on the scene.

On Dec. 23, officers responded to a call from a woman who found a bullet hole in her ceiling. The report said officers determined the bullet entered from the apartment above, ricocheted off the wall and landed on the floor. A bullet fragment was found on the floor of the kitchen.

Officers then went to the apartment upstairs, where they found Montgomery and two other men. While talking in the doorway, officers found what appeared to be a bullet hole in the floor of the apartment, then asked the three men for consent to search the apartment for guns.

According the report, in Montgomery’s room, officers found a black 9mm handgun along with a magazine full of rounds. The serial number came back as stolen. Officers also found a pair of Air Jordan 12s consistent with those that left footprints at the Kwik Trip robbery scene. Officers also saw a BB pistol on the defendant’s bed.

A search warrant was then issued, which led to the discovery of more evidence consistent with the information gathered at the robbery scene, including empty quarter roll paper, an unopened roll of nickels, an unopened roll of pennies and a partially opened roll of pennies, according to the report.

Montgomery was arrested and agreed to speak with officers. According to the report, he denied knowledge of the stolen handgun and any involvement with the robbery, saying he was at his mother’s residence that night.

Officers later reviewed the video when he was alone in the interview room. He had his iPhone and Apple Watch with him at the time, and could be heard saying “think of a story” and “Kwik Trip (expletive),” according to the report. An officer told Montgomery to stop talking on his phone, he then could be heard talking to his watch, saying “Yeah, I know. Yeah I know I messed up” and “No, but they saw some of those rolls.”

Montgomery will return to court on Jan. 7.

Winona police are still searching for the other suspect, deputy chief Tom Williams said. Those with information can all the Winona Area Crime Stoppers at 507-457-6530 or through the website at winonaareacrimestoppers.com. Those offering tips can remain anonymous. If a caller’s information results in a conviction, a cash reward is available.

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