Two More Face Charges in Rural Grove City Assault/Robbery


(West Central Tribune/Litchfield, MN) — A second man and a woman have been charged in an alleged assault and robbery Sept. 28 in rural Grove City.

Court documents say the man who is the alleged victim in the case was punched, threatened with a rifle and had personal items taken from him by the suspects.

The West Central Tribune reports 32-year-old Benjamin Keith Berry of Lester Prairie is facing felony first-degree aggravated robbery — liability for crimes of another and a misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault. He is in custody in the Meeker County Jail with unconditional bail set at $150,000.

A warrant has been issued for a 29-year-old woman from Grove City on charges of felony first-degree aggravated robbery — liability for crimes of another. Her whereabouts are currently unknown.

Tre’ Anthony Ertl, 20, of Litchfield, has already been charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and second-degree assault. He is currently in the Meeker County Jail with bail set at $150,000.

Also connected to the case and charged with felony aiding and abetting first-degree aggravated robbery by obstructing an investigation is Michelle Margaret Patzold, 33, of Litchfield. She allegedly tossed a rifle used in the robbery and assault into Star Lake after Ertl asked her to remove it from his family’s home. The gun was later recovered by the Litchfield Dive Team.


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