Octavia Marberry charged, Good Samaritan free in vigilante justice killing

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Octavia Marberry is facing two felonies for her role in the muggings.
The Minneapolis Good Samaritan who caught Darren Evanocich in the act of mugging a woman and eventually shot and killed Evanovich will not be charged.

That's not the case for Evanvovich's sister, Octavia Marberry. This afternoon, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced that Marberry would be charged with two counts of felony aggravated robbery for her role in a series of muggings, during which she allegedly wielded a knife and helped Evanovich.

According to a statement from the county attorney's office, Marberry and Evanovich had just mugged a 59-year-old woman on the night of October 20, when an unidentified man drove up in his car. The man asked Evanovich to give the woman's purse back.

Instead, Evanovich pointed his gun at the Good Samaritan, who fired back and killed Evanovich in what investigators are calling a case of self-defense.


According to the charges and statement from the county attorney, Evanovich and Marberry, 20, were involved in at least three similar muggings between October 12 and October 20. The first is said to have taken place October 12, in the parking lot of a Target on East Lake Street. The second and third both happened at a Cub Foods on 26th Avenue South.

Marberry's felony robbery charges stem from the first and second of those alleged robberies. In those two cases, she's accused of pulling a knife on a 59-year-old woman and then a 56-year-old woman. In the first case, Marberry is accused of telling the woman, "I will cut you if you scream. We know where you live."

In the third instance, for which Marberry is not facing charges but was present at the scene, the target was a 53-year-old woman. According to the complaint, Evanovich hit that woman in the head with his pistol, and made off with her purse.

When Evanovich later stopped to go through the purse, the Good Samaritan, who'd witnessed the crime, drove up next to Evanovich and asked if he wanted to give the purse back. When Evanovich instead pointed the gun at the man in the car. The Good Samaritan, who has not not been -- and will not be -- identified by authorities, fired his own gun in self-defense.

In the statement announcing the charges against Marberry and the decision not to charge the Samaritan, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said that however honorable the man's actions were, they are not what law enforcement asks of its citizens.

"When he fired," Freeman said, "it was self-defense. While this man is to be commended for helping his fellow citizen in need, a note of caution is appropriate. We prefer that armed citizens do not chase after criminals. Too much can go wrong, with deadly consequences. It is our preference to have our highly-trained and armed police force respond in these kind of cases."

The crime of first-degree aggravated robbery carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.

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10 comments
info3592
info3592

City Pages just can't help themselves from portraying good citizens in a bad light. There is no "vigilante" justice here. There is a good Samaritan who may very well have saved an innocent person's life. Thank you to that person and FU City Pages.

caseymadison
caseymadison

One could chase someone, without the intention of shooting the individual but for the purpose of retrieving stolen goods and bring one to justice. I believe this individual did not act on for the purpose of the "execution" (as some of you anti-gun have put it) of this individual, but for the purpose of helping the victim. I believe it was something he would have done even if he didn't have a weapon on his person. I believe that when he tried to confront this individual, the suspect responded to a possible deadly threat (suspect having a handgun), thus the only appropriate response from the citizen would be to stop the threat, which he appropriately did so.

Sick of Monkeys
Sick of Monkeys

Octavia is a piece of shit thug from a family of shitbag Chicago thugs. 

She needs to be charged with felony murder for her role in the crime that lead to her brother's death.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Is anyone else distracted by the 50 year old selling the juicer over on the right? The Mary Tyler Moore hairdo appeals to the Minnesotan in me...the tight, oughts-era mom-out-on-the-town style frock is simply begging for us all to go balls deep between those impossibly white teeth.

I feel like if I turn the sound on, she's going to sound like Jesse Ventura however...

Chuck
Chuck

City Pages is misleading its readers. The headline above says this was a "vigilante justice" killing, when it has been revealed that the mugger pointed a gun at the good samaritan first.

Jjfad
Jjfad

So now it's good to chase down criminals and shoot if we like? Hmmm I thought killing for property was a no-no in Minnesota.Anything is a go until it reaches your doorstep!

Stop
Stop

The rest of this winner's family has been making terroristic threats online about killing the guy who shot Darren.  I can't wait till they get thrown in jail too.

Donald Ernest Thomas
Donald Ernest Thomas

Vigilante justice would imply a group of people getting together and forming a lynch mob, or at least someone taking deliberate actions while NOT facing an immediate threat. As Chuck has pointed out, the headline is misleading. Assuming the facts are as reported, the (alleged) perp pulled a gun on the shooter, who then retaliated, fatally wounding the perp.

Francescobernadone
Francescobernadone

I guess reading for comprehension isn't your strong suit. Try again.

1) Jerk hits woman2) Jerk steals purse3) Hero asks for purse back4) Jerk threatens hero with gun5) Hero actually has the balls to use his gun and shoots Jerk6) Jerk is killed7) Karma's a bitch when you're a Jerk

JSchultz
JSchultz

Killing for property is a "no-no". However, that didn't happen in this case, so it's irrelevant. Thanks for checking in though.

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