A Minnesota teenager who was arrested for the fatal shooting of a youth hockey coach is the same student seen in a shocking robbery clip last year, it has emerged.
Kle Swee, now 17, was caught on camera flashing a gun at the pupil, in footage that prompted St Paul cops to charge him with first-degree aggravated robbery.
The clip showed him brandishing the weapon before trying to steal the child’s cell phone.
A scuffle ensued, with the encounter recorded by another student. The victim’s age at the time was 15, while Swee was 16.
Cops were at first unsure if the firearm was real, but realized it was a BB gun – leading Swee to plead guilty in August for which he was put on supervised probation.
In January, after completing 100 hours of community service, Swee was discharged – but found himself cuffed Wednesday at his family’s home over the murder of Michael Brasel, 44, four days after he was gunned down on May 6.
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A teen set to be tried as an adult over the fatal shooting of a youth hockey coach last week was arrested last year when he was just 16 – for robbing of a fellow student at gunpoint in the bathroom of his local high school last year in a filmed encounter
Matt Brasel, a beloved figure in the St. Paul community with two kids, was killed by the suspect above on Monday, cops say
Brasel, a beloved figure in the St. Paul community, was killed after he confronted someone trying to break into his wife’s car parked outside their idyllic St. Anthony Park home.
As the hockey instructor exited the house, one of his two school-aged sons – who are in grades eight and five- told cops he heard his father shout, ‘What are you doing?’
According to murder charges filed Friday, a barrage of gunshots followed – leaving Brasel wounded in the family’s front yard, unresponsive.
Witnesses described seeing a black Honda with tinted windows and a loud exhaust leave the scene heading due west, with its tires heard screeching as wife Hilary frantically attempted to revive her husband.
Paramedics brought Brasel to the hospital. Documents show it was there that the youth hockey coach was declared dead, succumbing to several gunshot wounds fired by the then-unknown assailant.
The fatal shooting has since left residents at a loss, with hundreds gathering for a vigil at Langford Park in St. Anthony Park to remember the victim – as well as the legacy he left behind.
‘Michael loved, Loved, LOVED coaching hockey,’ Hilary Brasel wrote of her slain beloved in a tribute post to Facebook, as it was revealed that their fifth-grade son, Miles, was among the multiple 911 callers to report the early-morning shooting.
‘He loved the bond that hockey families make over the 6-8 months of the year you play together here in Minnesota,’ she continued, revealing he most recently coached the Area Youth Hockey team in nearby Roseville.
‘He loved the time he spent with the kids making sure they all had their skates tied, their helmets were secured, and they knew that their individual efforts were what would make the team successful.
‘His teams never left a locker room after a game with a goal to work on, or a moment of growth acknowledged.’
Photos shared by some of the teams the doting father coached for over the years proceeded to publish photos of Brasel on the ice, with parents and players alike paying respects to ‘Coach’
‘We are so grateful for the outpouring of support and love from friends, family, neighbors and the community at large,’ Hillary said Friday as hundreds gathered in mourning. In addition to his role as a coach, Brasel also worked as a carpenter.
The clip showed Swee brandishing the weapon before trying to steal the fellow student’s cell phone. A scuffle ensued, with the encounter recorded by another student. The victim’s age at the time, cops said, was 15.
Cops believe the doting dad was gunned down by the 17-year-old suspect outside his home on Chilcombe Avenue (seen here) after he found him trying to break into his wife’s car early May 6
The fatal shooting has left residents mourning the beloved local figure, who is thought to have been shot after confronting the teen robber. Cops said his fifth-grade son was among the 911 callers to report the murder
Roughly 48 hours earlier – and less than four days after Brasel was murdered – St. Paul cops announced their department’s SWAT team had carried out a search warrant at a residence housing the 17-year-old suspect.
Arrest records show the search was enacted after officers collected witness statements, surveillance footage, and phone data, with lawmen also getting a break by matching a car bumper left behind at the scene that still had a license plate on it.
During the raid that ensued, around noon Wednesday, according to cops, Swee attempted to flee by crawling through a window but was quickly captured before being charged with second-degree murder.
Slapped with two counts of aiding and abetting the killing – with one claiming the killing was carried out with intent but not premediated, and the other saying it was without intent while committing an aggravated robbery – Swee may could be tried as an adult, given the extent of and nature of his prior offenses.
Ramsey County prosecutors revealed the suspect’s previous criminal history in court Friday, as he remained incarcerated in the county’s juvenile detention center.
Aside from the incident in April 2022, which saw Swee expelled from his high school, records show how the year before, the then 15-year-old entered a garage attached to an occupied dwelling to steal a car in Albert Lea, Minn.
That act saw him charged with burglary, assistant Ramsey County attorney Madelyn Adams said in court Friday, while pointing out in regards to the recent case, how the dad-of-two was shot ‘in his own front yard.’
Officials further pointed out how the door of the family’s Ford Flex was ajar and appeared to have been rummaged through when cops arrived on the scene May 6 around 7am, confident Brasel – who relatives said was known to wake up early – was killed while trying to stop Swee from hijacking the vehicle.
Aside from the incident in April 2022, which saw Swee expelled from his high school (seen here), records show how the year before the then 15-year-old entered a garage attached to an occupied dwelling to steal a car
Paramedics brought Brasel to the hospital. Documents show it was there that the youth hockey coach was declared dead, succumbing to several gunshot wounds fired by the then-unknown assailant – who cops said Friday they had in custody and is likely to be tried as an adult
‘[Swee’s] criminal history is indicative of an individual who does not hesitate to invade the personal space of his victims,’ Adams said, while making a case to keep Swee in custody while the case is ongoing, despite his age.
The boy’s mother, who was in attendance, agreed to the stiupulation. An attorney retained by her son, Karla Valusek Strom, told attendees: ‘We have no argument regarding custody.’
Judge Sophia Vuelo agreed to the arrangement, citing how Swee, given his history and the evidence against him, poses a risk to the public – and that the charges against him show a blatant ‘disregard for human life.’
Finally, the county attorney’s office filed a motion that would see Swee certified to stand trial as an adult – meaning he could spend life in prison if found guilty of the May 6 murder.
Officers added the bumper bearing the license plate that led them to Swee’s residence was registered to the suspect’s father, and a Honda parked in the residence’s garage matching witness descriptions and surveillance footage snapped at the scene was missing the same bumper.
When asked Sunday if they are still pursuing additional suspects, St Paul PD spokeswoman Alyssa Arcand said ‘investigators are keeping all avenues open at this time.’
Swee remains jailed, without bail, and has yet to make a statement to the police. A court date has yet to be announced.