Pair charged in fa­tal An­dover hit-and-run

A third sus­pect awaits charges in the death of Tris­tan G. Robin­son.

Star Tribune - - REMEMBERING - By PAUL WALSH paul.walsh@star­tri­ Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

Two teenagers were charged Tues­day in the hit-and-run death of a 17-year-old in An­dover, and a third sus­pect awaits be­ing charged.

Jaden S. Mead­ows, 16, of An­dover, and Daveion L. Mad­dox, 17, of St. Fran­cis, were charged Mon­day in Anoka County ju­ve­nile court with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in con­nec­tion with the death Fri­day of 17-year-old Tris­tan G. Robin­son, of Elk River.

A third per­son and the sus­pected driver, Loren J. Gafner, 19, of St. Fran­cis, re­mains jailed pend­ing charges. Au­thor­i­ties say that Mead­ows and Mad­dox were in the car with Gafner when Robin­son was run over on 141st Lane NW. near Palm Street dur­ing a scheme to rob him of a small amount of mar­i­juana. Mead­ows and Mad­dox re­main in cus­tody, and prose­cu­tors have re­quested that they be tried as adults.

Sec­onds af­ter Robin­son was dragged and came free from un­der the car, Gafner and Mad­dox laughed while driv­ing away and threat­ened to kill Mead­ows if he snitched, the crim­i­nal com­plaint read. Gafner had a gun with him, the court fil­ing stated.

Ac­cord­ing to the charges Robin­son against Mead­ows and Mad­dox:

Robin­son was play­ing video games with two other peo­ple in An­dover and said he needed to meet some­one com­ing by. The two heard tires screech­ing, ran out­side and saw Robin­son in the street. They called po­lice.

The fol­low­ing night, Mead­ows, his mother and his brother went to the Sher­iff’s Of­fice. Jaden Mead­ows told law en­force­ment that he, Mad­dox and Gafner had been look­ing for mar­i­juana. Mead­ows said he con­tacted some­one with Robin­son and ar­ranged to make a $100 mar­i­juana pur­chase.

When they didn’t have enough money, Robin­son went back into the home with Mead­ows to re­move some of the mar­i­juana from the bag.

Mead­ows, who said his ac­com­plices told him to take the mar­i­juana with­out pay­ing, grabbed the bag and ran. Robin­son gave chase out­side, where Mad­dox pointed a 9-mil­lime­ter gun at Robin­son.

Robin­son grabbed the door han­dle and was dragged by the car as Gafner backed out of the drive. Mead­ows heard “mul­ti­ple thumps and be­lieved [Robin­son] went un­der both the front and back wheels.”

Mead­ows looked back and saw Robin­son in the street “in a fe­tal po­si­tion, not mov­ing,” the charg­ing doc­u­ment read.

Gafner and Mad­dox “were laugh­ing about this,” the com­plaint con­tin­ued, and then “threat­ened to kill [Mead­ows] if he told any­one what hap­pened.”

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