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Woman charged with helping men rob Duluth drug house

A young woman who claimed she went to a Duluth residence to pay a man money she owed for marijuana was in State District Court Friday charged with seven felonies for allegedly aiding three other men steal marijuana, cash and an iPod from the resi...

Desirae Hansey
Desirae Lee Hansey, 20, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree aggravated robbery in the June 26 incident.

A young woman who claimed she went to a Duluth residence to pay a man money she owed for marijuana was in State District Court Friday charged with seven felonies for allegedly aiding three other men steal marijuana, cash and an iPod from the residence.

Desirae Lee Hansey, 19, of West Tisher Road, is charged with three counts of first-degree burglary, one count of first-degree aggravated robbery, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault.

According to the criminal complaint, Hansey knocked on an East Fourth Street apartment door about 11:30 Tuesday night and asked if she could come in. Three men wearing bandanas over their faces rushed in behind Hansey and asked a resident where he kept his marijuana.

The resident said Hansey went into a drawer, took marijuana and smoking pipes and ran out of the apartment. The resident's roommate came into the room and one of the unidentified intruders hit the roommate in the head three times with a black pistol, causing a cut that needed stitches to repair. Two other roommates then came into the room and were confronted by one of the intruders who pointed a gun at them.

A resident described to officers the type of vehicle that Hansey drives. An officer spotted the vehicle in the area of 24th Avenue West. The vehicle was stopped and a man ran from the passenger-side door into nearby woods. Hansey was driving the vehicle.

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Hansey told police that she simply went to the residence to pay what she owed for marijuana. She said she asked to use the bathroom and when she came out three males she knew by street names were robbing a resident. She said she was scared and ran out of the apartment.

The defendant told police the man she knew as "Dulu" lives somewhere on Wicklow Street and had been released from Arrowhead Juvenile Center in the past few days. She said she believes he's from Chicago because he said he was trying to get back there right away. She said she believes "ManMan" is also from Chicago and "DayDay" is from Minneapolis, she believed.

She said she believed that marijuana was taken during the robbery and afterward they rolled a "blunt" that they smoked together. The stolen iPod was in her purse, she said.

Judge Sally Tarnowski said that based on the severity of the crime and Hansey's track record, she was setting bail at $10,000. She also ordered the defendant to have no contact with the four victims in the case.

The defendant has had 17 cases filed against her in St. Louis County, mostly traffic offenses. She pleaded guilty in March to loitering with intent to participate in prostitution.

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