MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 19-year-old Minneapolis man is accused of choking a woman until she passed out and stealing her laptop, according to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office.
Mika Myron Keali Dalbec was charged Friday with first-degree aggravated robbery in connection with an incident on the early morning of Jan. 24 in St. Paul.
The criminal complaint says a man authorities believe to be Dalbec was captured on multiple surveillance cameras following a 22-year-old woman off of a Light Rail train and into her apartment building.
The man is then shown grabbing the woman around the neck and covering her mouth, then dragging her out of the building.
An apartment resident called 911 after hearing the commotion and seeing a man on top of a woman in the parking lot, choking her.
The victim told police that when she regained consciousness, her MacBook Air laptop was missing.
Metro Transit cameras captured footage of a man believed to be Dalbec riding back to Minneapolis on the Light Rail train with the stolen laptop.
The computer’s locator app indicated it was near a residence on the 1000 block of Snelling Avenue South in St. Paul.
A Minneapolis police officer who had seen the surveliience images of the supsect stopped a man who fit the description, who identified himself as Dalbec.
Investigators found that Dalbec often stayed at the residence where the laptop was tracked to, and he was arrested there Thursday.
Dalbec’s first court appearance has not been set. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
WCCO’s Liz Collin took an in-depth look at crime at light rail stations last fall. Click here to see the story, and for an interactive map that shows police calls to light rail stations.