ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – A gunman slipped convenience store plastic bags on his hands and feet before fatally shooting a man at his door in Rochester on Sept. 10.
Three suspects are in jail, facing second-degree murder charges in the death of 38-year-old Brandon Arndt.
Malcolm Woods, 27, from Rochester is the suspected shooter.
Darien Klindworth-Woods of North Mankato was the driver and Kielah Parsons of Rochester was present during the crime, police say. All three suspects are grandchildren of Barnes.
According to the criminal complaint, Brandon Arndt was targeted because the suspects believed he caused harm and sold “bad drugs” to Rosetta Barnes, a disabled neighbor who had to be hospitalized.
Arndt had been helping Barnes since he moved to Bob’s Trailer Court in southeast Rochester last month. He assisted Barnes with maintenance, grocery shopping, and helping her take her medication.
On Sept. 8 Barnes called out to Arndt for help. He then gave her water and her prescription and declined having an ambulance called for her, the complaint said. On Sept. 9 Barnes’ family members discovered her in a “disturbing” state and called 911. Barnes was then taken to St. Marys Hospital.
“There were assumptions made in how this medical condition occurred, and from that, we have a tragic set of circumstances that unfolded,” said Capt. John Sherwin of the Rochester Police Department.
Less than an hour before the shooting, the suspects are shown on surveillance video leaving St. Marys. They then stopped at a Qwik-Trip, where Parsons bought snacks and left with more plastic bags than her purchases needed. The charges say the three drove to Arndt’s home, and Woods put the plastic bags on his hands and feet before walking up to Arndt’s front door.
According to the criminal complaint, Arndt’s mother told police that there was a loud knock at the door, then a loud bang and then sound of her son falling to the ground.
Woods threw the bags in a trash can and sold the gun to another man.
“This was quite the taxing investigation for our department. When you have a murder that occurs at 4 in the morning and you have no known witnesses, there’s a lot of legwork that needs to take place to discover exactly what happened.”
Woods and Parsons made their first appearances in Olmsted County Court Monday. Both are being held in Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. Klindworth-Woods is in custody in Blue Earth County but a warrant has been issued for him in Olmsted County.
Unconditional bail for Woods is set at $2 million and Parson at $500,000.
The County Attorney may call a grand jury to see if first-degree murder charges are in order, according to Capt. Sherwin.
Two of the three suspects charged for the Rochester homicide that occurred three weeks ago are set to make a court appearance Monday.
According to Rochester’s Captain John Sherwin, Brandon Arndt who was murdered at the front door of his home comes from an investigation of “tragic misunderstanding of assumptions.”
Police said Arndt lived a quiet life away from illegal activity.
Police learned that Arndt had been helping a sick and elderly neighbor in the days leading up to his death. Arndt reportedly provided her water and helped her take her medicine.
On Sept. 9, Arndt’s neighbor’s extended family found the elderly neighbor in a “disturbing” state and rushed her to the hospital.
Captain Sherwin said Arndt talked with the family to explain how he helped her and was surprised to see her in a poor state.
Police believed the family became suspicious of Arndt’s role and thought he did something wrong.
“There were assumptions made in how this medical condition occurred, and from that we have a tragic set of circumstances that unfolded,” said Captain Sherwin.
Investigators created a timeline using surveillance video from various places and used that evidence to make three arrests.
Based on interviews, police said Malcolm Woods, 27, shot and killed Arndt after answering the door to his home on Sept. 10.
Woods’ half-brother, Darien Klindworth-Woods, was the driver and a cousin named Kielah Parsons aided the murder.
“This was quite the taxing investigation for our department,” said Captain Sherwin. “When you have a murder that occurs at 4 in the morning and you have no known witnesses, there’s a lot of legwork that needs to take place to discover exactly what happened.”
Woods and Parsons will make their first appearance in Olmsted County Court on Monday. They face second-degree murder charges.
Klindworth-Woods is in custody in Mankato but will soon be charged in Rochester.
Sherwin said the County Attorney may call a grand jury to see if first-degree murder charges are in order.