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ADDENDUM, FEBRUARY 20: This blog post originally described Antonio Timberlake as one of the "turd burglars" arrested at the scene of a Thanksgiving robbery. In fact, Timberlake was NOT involved in that robbery. Rather, he was associated with Navarr Ross--a known and convicted member of the turd burglarly ring--and committed eleven armed robberies, and in one of those robberies Ross was an accoplice. JNS blog strives for accuracy and when error comes to my attention, I jump to make correction.
In a press release today by the Hennepin County Attorney, that office announced a "straight guilty plea" to 11 charges by Antonio Timberlake, age 17. The eleven charges stemmed from four separate robbery incidents. There was no deal with prosecutors and Timberlake could receive up to 172 months. Two of the victims received life-threatening stab wounds.
Timberlake had some criminal fame rub off upon him by being associated with Navarr Ross, who was involved in the burglary of a Northside home. Neighbors (one wearing superhero pajamas) assisted police in keeping a passel of juvenile burglars trapped in a house until just moments before...
...police arrived. This blog has followed the stinking trail of the turd burglars ever since, as some of them (I hope it's not all of them) have gotten into more trouble. The name for the burglars, by the way, came from an unspeakable act one of them committed in the house they were attempting to burglarize .
Navarr Ross, one of the original turd burglars, was also involved in just one of the 11 robberies committed by Antonio Timberlake. In fact, the press release makes it sound like Ross was somehow the "weak link," since THAT was the robbery where Timberlake was taken into custody. Here's the wording of the press release, judge for yourself:
The only incident that was different, and which led to Timberlake’s arrest, was a robbery of three juveniles in the Southdale Mall parking lot on March 30. Timberlake and the 13-year-old were joined by Navarr Ross, 18, of Minneapolis. The three stole a cell phone and a backpack. They fled into a nearby neighborhood where police arrested all three.
The press release notes Ross was convicted in December of two counts of aggravated robbery and sentence to 68 months in prison. Here's his mug shots from MN DOC.
Though it is certainly not the habit of this blog to make excuses for criminal behavior, I will point out Timberlake's father appears to have been absent from his life at key moments--this observation admittedly based upon a single charging document--and the surname "Timberlake" is an infamous "North Minneapolis crime family" name. This kid never had many chances in life but apparently failed to capitalize upon what few he had, like public schooling and one of the best social welfare systems in the world if not the galaxy.
However, Timberlake is a dangerous and remorseless monster now--like the "child soldiers" in countries like Liberia--and he needs to be locked up for as long as possible with a bunk, toilet and--(this is very important in this instance) a very adequate supply of bathroom tissue.