Police arrested a man they said lured a Minneapolis realtor to an alley where she was gunned down hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Cedric Lamont Berry, 41, was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Monique Baugh, 28, as well as the attempted murder of her boyfriend, Jon Mitchell-Momoh, a Minnesota rapper, prosecutors said on Monday.
According to reports, Monique was contacted on her phone by a prospective client interested in one of her homes.
When she arrived at the location in Maple Grove to show the prospect the home, a U-Haul truck pulled up and Monique was into it before the vehicle took off.
It was later revealed that Cedric Lamont Berry was the driver of the U-Haul, which he allegedly paid for in heroin.
The whole meet-up was apparently an opportunity for Berry to kidnap Monique so she could lead him to her boyfriend rapper Momoh.
After kidnapping Monique and forcing her to lead him to her home she shared with her rapper boyfriend Momoh, Berry used Monique’s key to enter the home.
Upon entering the home, Berry began shooting at Monique’s boyfriend Momoh while the couple’s two young children were present—a 3-year-old in the living room and a 1-year-old sleeping upstairs—before fleeing the scene.
“I am dead already!” Momoh shouted at the shooter, the criminal complaint stated. “My babies are here!”
Momoh was shot several times, but called police after the incident and was taken to a hospital.
Upon arrival, police found Momoh, who had been shot multiple times, but was able to tell authorities that a masked gunman had entered the locked front door using a key. He said the intruder, who was “wearing a black colored mask, with only one hole for both eyes,” fired multiple rounds, according to police records.
According to authorities, about an hour later, Monique was found shot in her head and torso with her hands taped behind her back in an alley in the 1300 block of N. Russell Avenue. She was said to have been shot three times.
Police retrieved a number of silver .45 caliber casings at the scene, as well as the key the gunman used to enter the home. It belonged to Monique, authorities said.
Monique was immediately rushed to North Memorial Medical Center where she later died.
Police later found Monique’s black BMW at a house in the Minneapolis suburb of Maple Grove. They presumed that she was showing the home to potential buyers, police said. Inside, they found a single pink press-on fingernail.
Using a neighbor’s surveillance footage, detectives found that Monique parked her BMW in the driveway of the Maple Grove home around 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Soon after, investigators said, a U-Haul pulled up and backed into the driveway. Two people, who police couldn’t positively identify, entered the home and appeared to force Monique out and stuff her into the cargo hold of the truck.
Monique was a mother of two and worked for Kris Lindahl Real Estate.
Kris Lindahl released the following statement on behalf of the company:
“Our entire team is devastated by Monique’s death. This situation has shocked us all. We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the community and are focusing on remembering what an amazing person Monique was and helping her children.”
The real estate agency also started a GoFundMe for her kids and will match the first $10,000 donated.