Cass County Attorney Christopher J. Strandlie reported on Oct. 10 that a Cass County jury convicted David Arthur Larose, 27, Cass Lake, for his participation with two accomplices in eight felony crimes against two separate victims.
Larose was convicted of two offenses involving the first victim — theft of a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle — that occurred in Cass Lake on or about Oct. 27, 2011.
Larose was also convicted of six offenses involving a second victim — first-degree burglary of an occupied dwelling, first-degree burglary while possessing a dangerous weapon; first-degree burglary with an assault on a person in the building; kidnapping to facilitate felony or flight; false imprisonment-intentional restraint; and third-degree arson — all occurring in Federal Dam on or about Oct. 28, 2011.
The jury found that Larose and two accomplices stole a van in Cass Lake. They drove the stolen van to the home of an elderly widow in Federal Dam. The three men then broke into the home in the middle of the night while the elderly woman was sleeping. They held the woman at gunpoint and moved her about in the home so they could ransack the house and steal her belongings. At one point they tied the woman up under the stairs.
The armed intruders stole or damaged many of the woman’s possessions and the phones were disabled. The intruders had backed up the stolen van very close to the house to load the items they were stealing from the elderly woman. Before leaving the home, the intruders apparently were unable to start the stolen van, so they set that vehicle on fire and escaped in another vehicle or vehicles, leaving the elderly woman behind without a phone to call for help.
The elderly woman fought the blaze on her own until a passerby called 911 and help arrived, but not before there was smoke damage to the home.
Larose’s two accomplices previously pleaded guilty. Gordon Lee Dunn, also known as “DeeDee Harrison,” 35, pleaded guilty March 20, 2013, and was subsequently sentenced to serve 126 months in prison. David Joseph, also known as “DJ,” Staples, 34, pleaded guilty Oct. 3, 2013, and is awaiting sentencing.
Sentencing for Larose was scheduled for Nov. 18, 2013, at 1 p.m. in Cass County District Court. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension conducted fingerprint and DNA analysis of the evidence.