UPDATE: Cloquet woman sought in connection with Superior shooting now in custodyA Cloquet woman accused of setting up the victim of a Sept. 1 shooting in Superior via cell phone texts surrendered to authorities early today.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram and News Tribune
A Cloquet woman accused of setting up the victim of a Sept. 1 shooting in Superior via cell phone texts surrendered to authorities early today.
Superior police reported this morning that Sage Nigitchigamikwe Ross, 18, who faces one count of felony armed robbery as a party to a crime, turned herself in at the Douglas County Jail shortly after midnight. She was taken into custody and is expected to appear in Douglas County Court today.
The charge stems from a shooting incident that took place at 1627½ Tower Ave. An arrest warrant was issued for Ross on Wednesday, the same day the criminal complaint was filed.
According to the criminal complaint:
The victim had just arrived home to his apartment and was talking on his cell phone to Ross, who was his girlfriend. As the victim approached his apartment door, an unknown black male wearing a face mask popped out from the landing with a handgun, demanding the victim’s necklace.
The gunman tried to force the victim into the apartment after grabbing the necklace, but the victim pulled away and fell into a window behind him and a shot was fired.
The victim was injured on the upper left side of his chest. He stumbled down the stairs and was helped into a downstairs apartment by a neighbor.
During the incident, the victim dropped his cell phone. A number of other items had been stolen from his apartment, including a TV, laptop computer and Sony Playstation III.
Based on tips received from members of the public and the victim’s family, a possible robbery suspect was identified. Ross failed to contact the victim in the days after the incident. Superior police officers pulled the records for Ross’ cell phone.
The records showed a number of text messages were shot back and forth between Ross’ phone and the suspect’s phone about an hour before the attack. Ross and the suspect appeared to be discussing whether someone was home.
At one point the suspected gunman texted, “Let’s do it now like in 15 mins.” They traded a few more text messages and then Ross texted, “You need to catch him while he walkin in the door when he cum bck n ill keep the door unlocked so u can rush him in!”
Texts also were sent between Ross and the suspect after the incident.
The victim of the robbery and shooting told detectives he believed Ross was inside his apartment during the attack and he believes she set him up.
If Ross is convicted, the class C felony carries a maximum penalty of up to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.