Woodbury woman charged in robbery case
A Woodbury woman is accused by Washington County prosecutors of posing as the bait that led to a home invasion in Lakeland Shores.
Michelle Ann Roach, 27, allegedly sent a text to a man in April indicating she wanted to stay at his house for the night. The man agreed, but when Roach arrived, she allegedly brought two men in tow who robbed the Lakeland Shores man and beat him, leaving him with a golf ball-sized lump on his head and sore ribs.
Roach was charged with one count of aiding and abetting first-degree robbery. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.
According to a criminal complaint, Roach arrived at the man's house at about 1 a.m. April 4, along with a man identified as Ryan James Reeves and a second, unknown, man -- both of whom were unfamiliar to the alleged victim.
Reeves, a 28-year-old White Bear Lake resident, followed the resident to his kitchen, where he and the unknown man allegedly ordered the resident to empty his pockets. Reeves then proceeded to slug the man in the face before brandishing a grilling fork and demanding the man turn over his valuables, the complaint states..
While clutching the grilling fork, Reeves, who was charged with first-degree robbery in the case, told the alleged victim to pick up a weapon -- a challenge the man rejected, according to the complaint, which goes on to state that Roach entered the kitchen and told the men the resident had nothing of value and to leave him alone.
But that didn't stop the men, according to the complaint. They allegedly took the resident to a bedroom, where they continued to demand valuables. The unknown man allegedly choked the resident before he and Reeves gathered up some of the man's belongings, including PlayStation games, old coins, an iPhone, a laptop computer, $40 in cash and a Blu-Ray player.
A witness who saw the group leave the man's house later identified Roach and Reeves in a photo lineup.
Roach was released from Washington County jail on May 20 and makes her initial court appearance June 26.
Reeves, who was being held in Washington County jail on a $75,000 bond, returns to court July 31.