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Four sent to prison for Sturgeon Lake home invasion

 

Gabriel Rocha

Gabriel Lee Rocha of St. Paul was sent to prison for 75 months for leading a December 28, 2015, home invasion in Sturgeon Lake. Rocha has four prior felony convictions and is also serving prison time on a weapons felony. Also convicted were Danika Renae Harrell of St. Paul. She received 50 months in prison for her role. Harrell has two prior felonies and is also serving prison time on two drug felonies. Quintin Bradley Andersen of Montrose and Erika Tatiana Gould each received 36 months in prison for their roles. Andersen has two prior felony convictions and Gould has one.

On the morning of December 28, 2015, Harrell and Gould went to a residence at 37366 Anchorage Place in Sturgeon Lake. They asked the male occupant if they could come in and smoke dope. The occupant said no. A few minutes later, Harrell and Gould entered the house with Rocha and Andersen. Rocha grabbed the male occupant around the neck and put a gun to his head. Rocha ordered him and his wife to lie on the floor. The occupants were tied up with duct tape and cords; Rocha hit the male occupant in the head.

Andersen, Gould and Harrell then ransacked the house while Rocha held the occupants at gunpoint. Rocha demanded to know where property was located. The male occupant told him they had money and property in a storage locker in Hermantown. Gould and Harrell drove to the storage locker in Hermantown and took over $11,000 in cash from the locker. They returned to the residence.

Computers, cell phones, money and a surveillance system hard drive were taken. The male occupant's BMW was also taken.

Danika Harrell

The female occupant was eventually able to break free, leave the house and seek help.

Andesen and Gould were caught in Chisago County driving the BMW. Both were arrested and brought to Pine County. A methamphetamine pipe, methamphetamine and a face mask were discovered in one of Gould's body cavities. Andersen and Gould spoke with investigators. Both knew the occupants of the residence and eventually admitted involvement in the crime.

Rocha and Harrell were later arrested in St. Paul. A handgun was found in their vehicle that matched the one used in Sturgeon Lake.

The male occupant in Sturgeon Lake is suspected of being involved in the drug trade (he is currently in federal custody). This was not a random home invasion.

 

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