UPDATE: Drive-By Shooting Suspect Charged, More Arrests Expected

Thaddeus Merritt Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. Thaddeus Merritt

August 20, 2018 04:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A man believed to be connected to a drive-by shooting in Northwest Rochester last week has been charged.

According to court documents, 19-year-old Thaddeus Merritt is two felony charges, 2nd-Degree Assault and Dangerous Weapons- Drive-By Shooting Toward Person and his conditional bail was set at $150,000.


Rochester Police Captain John Sherwin said a second car reportedly involved in the shooting has been recovered with bullet holes in it.

The incident remains under investigation and authorities say more arrests are expected.


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Rochester police arrested two people on Wednesday in connection with a robbery of a Luis Vuitton purse earlier this week. One of those suspects is also a suspect in a recent shooting. 

The robbery happened around 1 a.m. on Sunday, August 12 on the 1700 block of 40 St. NW. According to police, a 16-year-old was walking down the street when a car pulled up next to him and someone he knew got out, assaulted him, took his iPhone and his Luis Vuitton purse. The victim told police the purse was worth $16,000. 

On Wednesday, August 15, police arrested 19-year-old Thaddeaus Merritt of Rochester and a juvenile in connection to that case. Both are facing a possible aiding an offender charge. 

Police are expecting to make more arrests in the Luis Vuitton robbery case. 

On Tuesday, August 14, Thaddeus was also questioned by police in connection with gunshots being fired in Rochester. He's being considered a suspect in that case as well. 

Also in connection to the shooting, police searched a vehicle they found near the scene and say they found three handguns inside, both of which were stolen out of Rochester. More arrests are expected as police continue to investigate. 

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