Rochester Teenager Charged in Connection With Recent Shooting
Conditional bail has been set at $35,000 for a Rochester teenager suspected of firing a gun during a melee earlier this week outside a residence in southeast Rochester.
18-year-old Timberland Von was formally charged Wednesday with a single count of second-degree riot while armed with a dangerous weapon. As of Thursday morning, he was no longer listed as a detainee at the Olmsted County Jail. Von has been ordered to return to court later this month for a procedural hearing.
According to the criminal complaint, Von was allegedly an active participant in a large fight that broke out on the evening of November 6th outside a residence in the 2300 block of Park Lane Southeast and was identified as the possible shooter. Rochester police were dispatched to the area along Marion Road southeast after receiving reports of a male firing a handgun above the crowd and then fleeing in a red car.
The charges say a witness followed the vehicle and reported to police that it was parked at a residence along 9th Avenue Southeast. After locating the vehicle, the court document says officers also located Von and searched a bedroom on the lower level of the home. They found ID cards belonging to Von, a variety of his personal possessions, and multiple ammunition magazines loaded with 9 mm bullets. The complaint says a search of the property also led to the discovery of four 9mm handguns in a backpack that had been hidden in a chicken coop.
A 16-year-old boy was also taken into custody in connection with the incident and was taken to a juvenile detention center in Anoka County.
The criminal complaint says the large fight, which was broken up by the gunfire, was connected to a dispute between two teenage girls. It apparently erupted into a melee when family members of one of the girls showed up and joined the fray.