Four charged in connection with murders in Kingfield, St. Paul during three-hour crime rampage

Three men and one woman face murder, robbery and other criminal charges in connection with the shooting deaths of a 42-year-old man in Kingfield and a 24-year-old woman in St. Paul.

Alvin Bell Jr., 25; Isiah Harper, 26; Michelle Koester, 42; and Albert McIntosh, 31, are accused of committing the murders along with robbing another man and invading the home of a family of six in South Minneapolis during a three-hour crime spree on Oct. 18 that targeted Latinos.

They all have been charged with aggravated robbery, second-degree murder, first-degree burglary of an occupied dwelling and first-degree burglary with a dangerous weapon. Bell has also been charged with driving a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and McIntosh also faces a second-degree burglary charge.

“This is one of the most violent rampages I have seen in my nearly 18 years as county attorney,” Freeman said in a statement today. “Nine people were terrified that night as they were confronted at gunpoint, and sadly, two people did not survive the encounter. We are working closely with Ramsey County Attorney John Choi to make sure that, if convicted, they spend the rest of their lives in prison.”

They face murder charges for the shooting death of Julio Mozo-Cuate, 42, in Kingfield. Police found Mozo-Cuate lying in an alley with multiple gunshot wounds near 3710 1st Ave. S. around 10 p.m. after responding to a shots-fired call. He later died from his gunshot wounds at the hospital.

Witnesses said they saw three men arguing with Mozo-Cuate and patting him down. Later they heard gunshots, according to the criminal complaint.

The crime spree began around 7:50 p.m. when they allegedly burglarized the St. Paul home of Sarah Wierstad, 24. When she tried to interrupt the burglary, McIntosh shot her, according to the complaint.

“Our community is forever altered by this homicidal crime spree that shattered the lives of multiple victims and their loved ones,” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said. “The level of violence and complete disregard for human life is chilling. While the prosecutions cannot undo the damage, we will do everything in our power to seek justice for the victims and their families.”

After leaving Wierstad’s house, they approached a Latino man getting out of his car near his apartment at 2652 Bloomington Ave. S. around 9 p.m. McIntosh pointed a gun at him while Bell and Harper stole his wallet. They also stole his white Chevy Impala, according to the complaint.

Then they targeted Mozo-Cuate, who was shot to death in the Kingfield neighborhood around 10 p.m.

At 11:17 p.m., police went to a home on 19th Avenue South where a Latino man said three men — one armed with a short-barreled gun — crashed through his back door and ordered him, his wife and four children to lie on the floor while they ransacked the house, stealing credit cards, cell phones, cash, a small safe and a Play Station 3, according to charges.

Bell, Harper and Koester allegedly used the credit cards from the home invasion and street robbery to buy items at a Brooklyn Center WalMart just after midnight.