Three charged in murder outside St. Paul barTrent A. Crumble was fatally shot during a drug deal.Three men were charged Monday in the fatal shooting of Trent A. Crumble in St. Paul last week, apparently during a drug deal gone awry.
Joshua M. Bystrom, 21, of St. Paul, allegedly shot Crumble, according to charges filed in Ramsey County District Court. He was charged with second-degree murder. Also charged are Ronald A. Gilgenbach, 22, for illegally possessing a firearm and Javaier Abdul Ahmed, 18, for aiding an offender.
Police found Crumble, 24, shot in the back about 9:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Malina's Sports Bar in the 600 block of Dale Street at Minnehaha Avenue. He died at Regions Hospital about an hour later.
According to the complaint: Gilgenbach told police he was going to buy $200 worth of marijuana from Ahmed. Gilgenbach drove to Dale Street and Minnehaha Avenue with Crumble as his passenger.
Gilgenbach followed Ahmed's car into the alley and parked alongside his car. Gilgenbach got into Ahmed's car, and Bystrom, who was riding with Ahmed, got into the back seat, the charges said.
Bystrom told police that Crumble then approached the vehicle, pulled out a gun and threatened them. Crumble reached inside and grabbed Ahmed in a headlock as he pointed the gun back and forth between Ahmed and Bystrom. Meanwhile, Gilgenbach ransacked the car and glove box, asking, "Where is it at?"
Bystrom told police he thought they were being carjacked and shot Crumble, according to the charges.
Bystrom turned himself into police Friday afternoon after authorities contacted him. Police divers started searching Como Lake that afternoon for evidence.
Ahmed turned himself into police Saturday.
Crumble's May 4 murder was the city's third this year compared to 11 by the end of April 2010. (There were 14 homicides by the end of May 2010.)