By J. Chess
Tragic Triple Homicide Rocks Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Three lives were tragically cut short in a Coon Rapids home last week, leaving the community in shock and mourning. Alonzo Mingo, a 37-year-old man from Fridley, has been charged in connection with the horrific crime.
Mingo, disguised as a UPS worker, is alleged to have infiltrated the peaceful Coon Rapids home, shooting three people dead. Charged with three counts of second-degree murder, Mingo made his first court appearance on Monday at the Anoka County District Court.
Disturbing Details Unfold
The Anoka County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call in the early afternoon of the incident day. The call, marked by background disturbance noises, led to the dispatch of Coon Rapids police, Blaine police, and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office to a residential address on 94th Avenue Northwest.
The first responders arrived to find a gruesome scene. Three deceased individuals were discovered inside the home. The victims identified were Shannon Patricia Trejo, 42, her husband Mario Trejo, 39, and Shannon’s 20-year-old son, Jorge Reyes-Jungwirth. The confirmation of their identities sent shockwaves across the community.
A Family Torn Apart
The Trejo family had been residents of Coon Rapids, a city known for its tranquillity and strong community spirit. Shannon, a loving mother and devoted wife, and Mario, a hardworking and respected member of the community, leave behind two young sons. The boys, aged two and four, were present during the horrifying incident but were fortunately unharmed. They are now safely reunited with their extended family.
Investigations Lead to Arrest
Following the incident, officials quickly apprehended a suspect, later identified as Mingo. Surveillance footage from nearby and within the residence played a crucial role in tracing Mingo. The video revealed three suspects, two resembling UPS delivery workers, entering the house with a cardboard box, reinforcing the disguise theory.
The shocking footage further revealed Mingo holding victims at gunpoint, demanding money, and subsequently shooting them. Mingo was apprehended later that day in Fridley and UPS clothing was found in his vehicle. Despite his initial denial, it was confirmed that Mingo had been employed at UPS until early January. Fingerprints from the cardboard box left at the crime scene provided further damning evidence against Mingo.
Mingo’s bail has been set at $500,000, and if convicted, he could face up to 40 years in prison, marking an end to this chilling tale of violence that has rattled the peaceful community of Coon Rapids, Minnesota.