Tyquan Graham, Minot, charged with armed robbery, also reportedly involved in shooting in downtown Minot
Tyquan Markeez Graham, 22, Minot, is accused of robbing another man in the Sports on Tap bar parking lot at 1:41 a.m. on Sunday and stealing a firearm from his vehicle. He is charged with Class B felony robbery with a firearm and Class C felony felon in possession of a firearm in district court in Minot. Graham was also allegedly one of the shooters involved in a shots fired incident in downtown Minot at 2:38 a.m. on Sunday in which three people were shot and received treatment at the hospital. Three men, ages 22, 26, and 42 were injured and were taken to the hospital by private parties. No charges have yet been filed in regard to the shooting.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court in the robbery case, an unknown male suspect who was with Graham put the alleged victim in a chokehold from behind while Graham stole a Rock Island Armory 1911 .45 caliber firearm from the alleged victim’s vehicle. The two men then drove off in their own vehicle, nearly striking pedestrians in the bar parking lot. The alleged victim of the robbery described the robbers as two black men. The alleged victim reported that one of the men was brandishing a firearm in his waistband.
A friend of the alleged victim, who was at the scene, told police that the suspects were in an older model Jeep with red dealer plates. Shortly after the robbery, the reporting party received a call that the suspects’ vehicle had been seen in downtown Minot.
During the course of the investigation, police learned that Graham had been one of the shooters in the incident in downtown Minot shortly after the robbery on Sunday. Officers went to an address that is associated with Graham and found an older model blue Jeep with red Minot Automotive plates. Officers conducted a search and found blood on the passenger side of the vehicle. The mother of Graham’s child told police that she leases the Jeep and had allowed Graham to borrow the vehicle. The woman did not know where Graham was going or with whom.
Graham was located at an apartment complex. Police ordered him to stop verbally and read him his rights. He was subsequently charged with felon in possession of a firearm based on a firearm that Graham disposed of on a staircase as he was leaving the apartment complex after ignoring police commands to stop.
Graham was brought back to the police department and questioned.
Graham admitted to being at the Ice Cold Ryders with a friend he called “Terry.” Graham described “Terry” as a black man wearing a sports jersey. Graham admitted to being involved in the shooting incident but claimed he and his friend never went to the Sports on Tap.
On Tuesday police reviewed video surveillance of the Sports on Tap parking lot. They identified the Jeep, saw Graham get out of the driver’s side. He was with a black male wearing dreadlocks and an NBA style jersey. The robbery is shown on video. The unknown male puts the alleged victim in a chokehold from behind and Graham enters the alleged victim’s vehicle and grabbing the object that the alleged victim told police was the firearm. Graham is also seen trying to hide te stolen firearm as he and the unidentified man get back into their Jeep. The two men drive off, almost striking pedestrians in the parking lot.
Graham has a prior felony record out of North Carolina. He had previously been charged with Class C felony felon in possession of a firearm because he had a gun when he was arrested on Monday.