Murder charges were filed Thursday against Anthony Lee Nelson (aka Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson) in connection with Sunday's deadly shooting at Nina's Grill in Burnsville, Minn.
Anarae Schunk, the 20-year-old University of Minnesota student reported missing on Monday, was last seen with Chavez-Nelson, 31, who now faces charges of second-degree murder for the shooting death of 23-year-old Palagor Jobi.
Ashley Conrade, the second suspect arrested in connection with the shooting, was charged Friday with aiding an offender.
As judge has just set conditional bail for Chavez-Nelson at $1.5 million and unconditional bail at $2 million. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said he will convene a grand jury to increase the charges to first-degree murder.
SUSPECTS, MISSING STUDENT SEEN ON VIDEO
According to the charges, Schunk was seen on surveillance video leaving Nina's Grill with the two suspects. The group went to Conrade's home in Rosemount, Minn. together. That was the last time Anarae Schunk was seen.
Conrade told investigators that all three of them circled the neighborhood and went to a nearby cul-de-sac to watch police arrive, and then fled.
"It is believed they returned to Ms. Conrade's townhome in Rosemount at that time, but from there, our knowledge of the whereabouts of Anarae Schunk have stopped," Dakota County attorney Jim Backstrom said.
While the trail for Schunk ends at Conrade's townhouse, neither Conrade nor Chavez-Nelson are telling investigators about Schunk's whereabouts.
OUT OF JAIL
The Hennepin County attorney's office confirmed Chavez-Nelson was charged with first-degree burglary and prohibited possession of a firearm on June 13, 2013.
Unconditional bail was set at $50,000, conditional bail at $25,000. His last scheduled court appearance was Sept. 19.
In court Thursday it was revealed Chavez-Nelson has six prior convictions for aggravated robbery.
FRIENDS OF MURDER VICTIM SPEAK OUT
Friends of Jobi say they were appalled by Chavez-Nelson's demeanor in court.
"That he just didn't care. He was over there just doing this and yawning," Jobi's friend Henry Johnson said. "Then they were reading about all of his warrants and he should be released on bail and I mean, it's ridiculous."
"Of course I'm angry. But, as we see, justice is getting served. I'm just happy that he got caught," another friend, Keiran Butler, said.
HELP FIND ANARAE
A $5,000 reward is being offered from a private citizen for information regarding the location of Anarae Schunk.
Police are requesting that no volunteer search parties be formed, as it could compromise evidence in the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Burnsville Police Department at 952-895-4594 or 952-895-INFO (4636).
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