A Bloomington restaurant owner was mere breaths away from dying before officers restored his pulse while tending to his gunshot wounds, according to a criminal complaint.
Devon Glover, 20, of St. Paul, was charged Monday in Hennepin County District Court with first-degree attempted murder in connection with targeting Penn Lake Roast Beef for robbery on June 16 near the intersection of S. Penn Avenue and W. 90th Street.
Glover remains in the Ramsey County jail. An alleged accomplice in the restaurant robbery, Marshawn Davison, 19, of Columbia Heights, was charged with aiding and abetting first-degree attempted murder. He remains in the Hennepin County jail.
Glover and Davison are known to law enforcement as being in the EBK/PBK street gang, read the complaints against them.
Kevan Tran, 57, was in his restaurant when he was shot in the abdomen and hand, the complaints read.
The quick actions of officers at the scene as detailed in the complaints likely saved Tran's life.
"Many people stepped up that evening and assisted Kevan after he had been shot," said Deputy Police Chief Mike Hartley, "from the quick reaction of those who found him on the sidewalk to the police and EMS response and subsequent lifesaving measures performed. … Very impressive."
Police found Tran just outside a nearby store. Officers applied pressure to a chest wound; Tran was barely breathing.
"Officers were unable to locate a pulse," the complaints read. They moved Tran onto his back and began chest compressions.
"After a couple of compressions, [Tran] began gasping and breathing," the charging documents read. "Officers cut off [Tran's] shirt and began packing both the entry and exit wounds with gauze."
Medical responders took over and took Tran to HCMC, where he is recovering.
Glover was charged June 30 in the violent robbery of McCafferty Fine Wine and Spirits in the 1300 block of Randolph Avenue in St. Paul a week earlier, and seven days after the restaurant holdup.
According to the charges, Glover was among a group of young men who robbed the store of cash and beat an employee in the head while threatening to shoot her. The group fled in a vehicle stolen in an armed carjacking on June 18 in New Hope.
Prosecutors, describing the alleged restaurant holdup in the criminal complaint, said that employees of nearby stores reported seeing the men wearing medical masks acting suspiciously. They said that, based on information from witnesses and surveillance images, it appeared the two were trying to steal cigarettes.
Prosecutors said restaurant video showed Glover and Davison heading toward Tran as he counted the day's receipts in the cash register. Glover pointed a gun and shot at an advancing Tran, then grabbed cash from the register, and both he and Davison left out the back, the complaint said.
From his hospital bed, Tran told police he believed the gun was fake and said to the men to "get the hell out of my restaurant."
Glover told police it appeared Tran was going for his waistband, the complaint says. Glover said he drew his gun but it went off inadvertently.
Glover's criminal history in Minnesota includes convictions for assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault, theft and drug possession. He was on probation at the time of the robberies until June 2023.
Davison was convicted in 2019 in Ramsey County of aiding and abetting robbery. His probation was to run until January 2023.
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