June 14, 2019 06:44 PM
(ABC 6 News) - According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, 23-year-old Ayub Iman of Rochester was arrested Wednesday for his role in the homicide of Garad Roble in early March.
Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson said Iman was taken into custody at the Olmsted County Government Center around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday.
According to a criminal complaint, much of the data obtained in the investigation was through forensic examaninations of cell phone usage and surveillance video.
Iman was arraigned at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Captain Scott Behrns with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said the criminal complaint holds more details to the complexity of the investigation.
According to a criminal complaint, Roble met with a group of two men and two women at a bar in downtown Rochester on the evening of March 4. Most of the group, including Roble, traveled to an apartment unit in the Meadow Park Apartments complex in the early hours of March 5. Around 2 a.m. one of the women and a man in the group left the apartment complex to travel back to Minneapolis.
The man told authorities that before leaving, the woman went inside to retreive the cell phone he'd left behind. However, he "expressed concern" about a car parked outside the building. The criminal complaint said the woman approached the vehicle and saw Iman as the only person inside. He appeared to be Facetiming someone on his phone.
According to the criminal complaint, when the female witness went inside the apartment to find the cell phone, she saw Roble speaking with the other man who was in their group. The woman told officers she heard Roble say, "What are you all going to do, shoot me? Are you all going to murder me?" She then told investigators that she saw Roble and the man leave the building and get into Iman's vehicle and drive away as they were also leaving the area.
The criminal complaint explains that investigators were able to pinpoint that Roble's cell phone and two cell phones, both belonging to Iman, were in the same location after 2 a.m., up until the point that Roble's body was found.
Investigators also found that the cell phone of the other man in the car with Roble was activated and was in the approximate location of Iman's cell phones in northwest Rochester from 2:30-2:45 a.m. on March 5.
According to the criminal complaint, authorities interviewed two people known to Iman and the other man in the car with Roble, who live in that approximate area. Cell phone data shows that those two men were not at the crime scene. However, the investigation does show that the male witness and one of his associates in northwest Rochester were in the area of Elton Hills Drive and West River Parkway just before 3 a.m.
On March 8, Rochester Police officers responded to a call on the 200 block of Elton Hills Dr. NW where they discovored a Glock handgun on top of frozen water under a bridge.
The criminal complaint also said forensic evidence confirmed that the recovered handgun was the murder weapon. The weapon was also found in the approximate location the man in the car with Roble and his associate traveled around 3 a.m. the night Roble was murdered.
Sheriff Torgerson said authorities believe Roble and Iman had some kind of releationship with one another, but are still investigating what kind of releationship that was.
Captain Behrns said Iman has had significant contact with law enforcement in the past.
The Sheriff's Office also said they have strong reason to believe that certain people known to Iman may have knowledge of the homicide and "strongly encourage" them to come forward with information.
When asked if Iman was the suspect who killed the victim, Sheriff Torgerson said, "We have a lot of work left to do in determining that, and we hope that there's additional information that people will provide for us. We do believe that there is at least one other person involved."
Authorities say due to "conflicting relationships" with current Olmsted County detainees, Iman is currently being held at the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center.
According to the criminal complaint, Roble died fom multiple gunshot wounds.
Iman has been charged with 2nd-degree murder with intent not premeditated.
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Updated: June 14, 2019 06:44 PM
Created: June 14, 2019 09:24 AM
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