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StateofMinnesota

CountyofHennepin

DistrictCourt
4thJudicialDistrict
ProsecutorFileNo.
CourtFileNo.

StateofMinnesota,

15A02441
27-CR-15-9630

COMPLAINT

Plaintiff,

OrderofDetention

vs.
PIERREBARLEECOLLINSDOB:03/15/1982
5450DouglasDr.N.#129
Crystal,MN55429
Defendant.
The Complainant submits this complaint to the Court and states that there is probable cause to believe
Defendantcommittedthefollowingoffense(s):
COUNTI
Charge:Murder-2ndDegree-WithIntent-NotPremeditated
MinnesotaStatute:609.19.1(1),withreferenceto:609.19.1(1)
MaximumSentence:40YEARS
OffenseLevel:Felony
OffenseDate(onorabout):03/18/2015
Control#(ICR#):15005763
Charge Description: That on or about 3/18/2015, in Hennepin County, Minnesota, Pierre Barlee Collins,
caused the death of B.C., a human being, with intent to effect the death of that person or another, but
withoutpremeditation.

STATEMENTOFPROBABLECAUSE

Complainanthasinvestigatedthefactsandcircumstancesofthisoffenseandbelievesthefollowing
establishesprobablecause:
OnthemorningofMarch18,2015,B.C.aknownjuvenilemale,d.o.b.11-10-2004,hereinaftervictim,left
theCrystal,HennepinCountyapartmenthesharedwithhisfather,defendantPIERREBARLEECOLLINS,
stepmotherY.C.,andtwobabysiblingsandtookthebustoschoolinBrooklynCenter.At4:17pm,the
victimsschoolbuspulledintotheparkinglotandthevictimsaid,Theresmydad.Thenhesaid,Oh,my
uncleshere.Thebusdroppedhimoff.Ratherthangotothemaindoorandcallhisunittohavehis
stepmotherbuzzhimintothebuildingaswastheircustom,thevictimstayedoutside.Thevictimwas
capturedonseveraldifferentvideocamerasandhadcontactwithatleastonepersonnotrelatedtohis
eventualdisappearanceintheparkinglot.Investigationhasdeterminedthatnooneotherthanthe
defendanteversawthevictimagain.OnApril11,2015,thevictimsbodywasrecoveredintheMississippi
RiverinMinneapolisneartheintersectionof53rdandLyndaleAvenuesNorth.Theconditionofhisbody
wasconsistentwiththatofapersonwhohadbeeninthewaterforseveralweeks.Hisfeetwerebound
togetherwithducttape.Apieceofducttapewaswrappedaroundhistorso.
InvestigationhasrevealedthatthedefendantlefthishomeearlyonthemorningofMarch18thandtoldY.C.
hewasgoingtowork.Y.C.wasundertheimpressionthatthedefendantworkedasahomehealthcare
aide.Infact,thedefendanthasnotbeenemployedforsometimeandhasnoapparentincome.Whilethe
defendantwasoutofthehomethatmorning,heattendedahearinginHennepinCountyFamilyCourt
regardinghischildsupportobligationtochildrenfromapriorrelationship.Y.C.wasunawarethatthe
defendanthadacourtappearancethatday.
Recordsobtainedandanalyzedregardingtheuseandlocationofthedefendantscellphoneshowthatat
9:06amonMarch18ththedefendantleftcourtandthedowntownareaandheadednorthonI-94.At9:10,
hewasintheareaofWestRiverRoadand66thAvenueNorthinMinneapolis.Hethenreversedcourse
andheadedsouthtotheareaof53rd-56thandLyndaleAvenuesNorthwherehewasfrom9:22to9:29am.
Thisistheareaalongtheriverfromwhichthevictimsbodywasrecovered.Recordsforthepreceding30
daysshowthatthedefendantsphoneneverregisteredtothatareabeforeandthedefendantisnotknown
tohaveanyparticularreasonforbeinginthisareaonthisoranyotherday.
At12:04pm,thedefendantwasatanAldiMarketinCrystalstorevideoshowshiminadarkshirt.
At1:39pm,thedefendantreturnedtotheCrystalapartment.
At4:17pm,thevictimsschoolbuspulledintothelotandvideoshowsthevictimsayhesawhisfather.At
thistime,thedefendant'ssilverVolkswagenJettawasparkedneartheentrancetotheparkinglotwhereit
couldbeseenfromanapproachingschoolbus.Theparkingspaceisnotnearthecloserentrancestothe
defendant'sapartmentandwasnotaspaceregularlyusedbythedefendant.WhiletheJettawasinthat
parkingspace,defendantsphonerecordsshowhewasintheapartment.At4:20,videoshowsthevictim
standingatthesideoftheJettaintheparkinglot.At4:22,thevictimisseenwalkingfromthedirectionof
theJettatothefrontdooroftheapartmentbuildingwherehepeeredinsidethewindowheneverentered
thebuilding.Atthistime,phonerecordsshowthedefendanttostillbeinorneartheapartment.At4:23,the
victimwalkedawayfromthedoorandbackinthedirectionoftheJetta.Insodoing,hesteppedinfrontofa
movingcarwhoseoccupantssaidsomethingtothevictimaboutnotrunninginaparkinglotandvictimsaid
hewassorry.Intotal,thevictimwasintheparkinglotofhisapartmentbuilding6-7minutesandneverwent
inside.
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At4:25pm,thedefendantscellphoneshowshehadlefttheapartmentwasneartheJetta.
At4:26pm,theJettapulledoutoftheparkinglotandvideoshowsittravelingnorthonHighway81.The
driverswindowwasopenandanarmwithawhitesleeveisvisible.
At4:42pm,thedefendantwasintheareaofLyndaleand55thAvenuesNorth,hisphoneregisteringonthe
exactWi-Fiinstrumentthatitregisteredonat9:27amthatmorning.
From4:42until5:41pmthephoneregistersnovoiceorSMSactivityitwaseitherturnedofforinairplane
mode.
Whilethedefendantsphonewasoff,hewasdetectedonvideoatCubFoodsinBrooklynCenterat5:17
pmwearingawhiteshirt.At5:18hecheckedhisaccountbalanceonanATMatTCFBank.HeleftCubat
5:23pm.
At5:41,thedefendantsphonewasturnedbackon.HecalledY.C.whotoldhimthevictimdidnotcome
homeafterschool.Thedefendant,travelingfromCubbacktotheapartment,calledtheschoolbus
company.
At5:51pm,thedefendantarrivedhometotheapartment.Y.C.toldpolicethedefendantcameinintears
whichshefoundoddbecauseherarelycriesandthevictimhadonlybeenmissingashorttime.Video
showsthedefendantleavingtheapartmentat6:03pmintheJettaafterchangingoutofhiswhiteshirtinto
adarkshirtandputtingonablackbaseballcap.At6:24pm,hereturnedtothebuildingintheJetta.
At6:27pm,thedefendantcalled911fromhiscellphoneattheapartmentandreportedthevictimmissing.
Hetoldpolicethatafterlearningthevictimhadnotreturnedhome,hecalledthebuscompanyandthe
operatortoldhimthebusdriverheardthevictimsayhisunclewasthereupongettingdroppedoff.Hesaid
heknewofnounclewhowouldbepickingupthevictimandthathehadnoideawhohewouldhavebeen
referringto.ThedefendantandY.C.claimednoknowledgeofthevictimswhereabouts,andthedefendant
saidhewasnotpresentwhenthebusdroppedoffthevictim.
Policehaveinterviewedthedefendantseveraltimes.Hedeniedeverbeingattheriverandhadno
explanationforwhyhisphonewastrackedthere.Policenotedseveralkeyinconsistencieswiththe
defendantsaccountofMarch18thincludingwhathedidthatday,wherehewas,whatrouteshetookwhile
driving,whathehadbeenwearing,andevenwhohisfamilymembersandsiblingswere.
Y.C.hasalsobeeninterviewedseveraltimes.Shetoldpolicethatsometimearound4:15pmonMarch
18th,thedefendantwaswatchingTVandsuddenlygotupandtoldherhehadtogotothebankandthe
store.Hethenlefttheapartmentanddidnotreturnuntilaftershetoldhimthatthevictimhadntcomehome
fromschool.
Thevictimsschoolbackpackhasnotbeenlocated.
Investigationalsorevealedthatthedefendanthadtwolifeinsurancepoliciesonthevictim.Oneisthrough
GlobeInsuranceandhascoverageof$30,000.OnMarch16th,twodaysbeforethevictimwaslastseen,
thedefendantmadeapaymentonthatpolicy.AlsoonthatdatehemadeaphonecalltoGlobe,whichwas
recorded.Thedefendantaskedaboutraisingtheamountofcoveragefrom$30,000to$50,000.The
secondpolicyisthroughadifferentcompanyandcoversthedefendantfor$100,000andhisdependents
for$20,000each.
ThedefendantandY.C.haveconsiderablefinancialobligations,debtandnocurrentincome.Nevertheless,
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whenthedefendantwasofferedatemporaryjobonMarch17ththatwastobeginat4:00pmonMarch
18th,heturneddownthejobandsaiditwasbecausehewasunabletoreportonthatdateandtime.
OnApril13,2015policespoketothedefendant.Hesaidthatiftheyhadenough,theyshouldcomeand
gethim.
Thedefendantisincustody.

SIGNATURESANDAPPROVALS
ComplainantrequeststhatDefendant,subjecttobailorconditionsofrelease,be:
(1)arrestedorthatotherlawfulstepsbetakentoobtainDefendant'sappearanceincourtor
(2)detained,ifalreadyincustody,pendingfurtherproceedingsandthatsaidDefendantotherwise
bedealtwithaccordingtolaw.
Complainant

JulieSeverson
PoliceOfficer
4141DouglasDriveN
Crystal,MN55422
Badge:331

ElectronicallySigned:
04/14/201512:02PM

Subscribedandsworntobeforetheundersigned.
NotaryPublicor
JudicialOfficial

DerrickHacker,PeaceOfficer
LicenseNumber:15020,
HennepinCounty,Minnesota.
Mylicenseexpires:03/09/2016
PoliceLieutenant
4141DouglasDriveN
Crystal,MN55422

ElectronicallySigned:
04/14/201512:06PM

Beingauthorizedtoprosecutetheoffensescharged,Iapprovethiscomplaint.
ProsecutingAttorney AmySweasy
300S6thSt
Minneapolis,MN55487
(612)348-5550

ElectronicallySigned:
04/14/201512:01PM

FINDINGOFPROBABLECAUSE
From the above sworn facts, and any supporting affidavits or supplemental sworn testimony, I, the Issuing Officer, have
determined that probable cause exists to support, subject to bail or conditions of release where applicable, Defendants arrest
or other lawful steps be taken to obtain Defendants appearance in court, or Defendants detention, if already in custody,
pendingfurtherproceedings.Defendantisthereforechargedwiththeabove-statedoffense(s).

SUMMONS
THEREFOREYOU,THEDEFENDANT,ARESUMMONEDtoappearon___________,_____at_____AM/PM
beforetheabove-namedcourtat401FourthAvenueS,Minneapolis,MN55415toanswerthiscomplaint.
IFYOUFAILTOAPPEARinresponsetothisSUMMONS,aWARRANTFORYOURARRESTshallbeissued.

WARRANT
To the Sheriff of the above-named county or other person authorized to execute this warrant: I order, in the name of the State
of Minnesota, that the Defendant be apprehended and arrested without delay and brought promptly before the court (if in
session), and if not, before a Judge or Judicial Officer of such court without unnecessary delay, and in any event not later than
36hoursafterthearrestorassoonassuchJudgeorJudicialOfficerisavailabletobedealtwithaccordingtolaw.
ExecuteinMNOnly

ExecuteNationwide

ExecuteinBorderStates

X ORDEROFDETENTION
Since the Defendant is already in custody, I order, subject to bail or conditions of release, that the Defendant continue to be
detainedpendingfurtherproceedings.
Bail:$2,000,000.00
ConditionsofRelease:NoContactwithWitnessesNoContactwithMinors/Males/Femalesunderageof::Under18No
PossessionofWeaponsOther:Defendanthasalreadysurreenderedpassport
ThiscomplaintisissuedbytheundersignedJudgeasofthefollowingdate:April14,2015.
JudicialOfficer

JuanHoyos
Judge

ElectronicallySigned:04/14/201512:13PM

SworntestimonyhasbeengivenbeforetheJudicialOfficerbythefollowingwitnesses:

COUNTYOFHENNEPIN
STATEOFMINNESOTA

Clerk'sSignatureorFileStamp:

StateofMinnesota
Plaintiff

RETURNOFSERVICE

vs.

IherebyCertifyandReturnthatIhaveservedacopyofthisOrderof
DetentionupontheDefendanthereinnamed.

PierreBarleeCollins

SignatureofAuthorizedServiceAgent:

Defendant

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