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Charges Filed in Burnsville Homicide - Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, a/k/a Anthony Lee Nelson, and Ashley Marie Conrade
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, a/k/a Anthony Lee Nelson, age 31 of Rosemount, has been charged* with one count of Murder in the Second Degree (with intent to kill) in connection with a fatal shooting that took place in the early morning hours of September 22, 2013, outside a bar and grill in the city of Burnsville.  The victim, Palagor Obang Jobi, age 23 of Savage, was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.  Ashley Marie Conrade, age 24 of Rosemount, has also been charged with one count of Aiding an Offender (a felony) for allegedly harboring, concealing, aiding and assisting Nelson to avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction or punishment in this case.

The following is a summary of the facts set forth in the criminal complaints filed in connection with this matter:

During the early morning hours on Sunday, September 22, 2013, Nelson, Conrade and another woman (whose identity will be described below) were at Nina’s Grill in the city of Burnsville.  Also present at this establishment that evening was the victim and two of his cousins.  At approximately 1:45 a.m. after exiting the building, the victim began talking to Conrade.  While doing so, he was approached by a person later identified as Nelson who told the victim that Conrade was his girlfriend and to stop talking to her.  At some point, a physical confrontation occurred between the victim and Nelson, and shortly thereafter multiple gunshots were heard.  According to witnesses, Nelson was the person firing the gun.  One of the victim’s cousins, who initially dropped to the ground upon hearing gunshots, got up, ran around a vehicle and jumped on Nelson.  While they struggled, another shot was fired and they both fell to the ground.  Nelson then got up, grabbed the gun and fled from the scene in a car with Conrade and the other woman who was with them that evening.  They drove around the block, parked in a cul de sac where they could see Nina’s parking lot and observed the police officers arriving at the scene.  They then drove to Conrade’s home in Rosemount where Nelson stayed until his arrest.

In the course of this investigation, Burnsville police learned that a missing person report regarding Anarae Kristine Schunk, age 20 of Burnsville, had been filed by her parents, who named her ex-boyfriend, Anthony Nelson, as a possible person of interest in her disappearance.  Officers were able to identify Nelson and learned that the Burnsville Police Department had made contact with him in a traffic stop on February 28, 2013, at which time he was driving Conrade’s car and Conrade was present.  From this information, police identified Conrade’s residence in Rosemount and on September 24, 2013, officers went to this location in an attempt to find Nelson.  As officers were setting up a perimeter around the house, a black male later identified as Nelson, was observed driving a vehicle matching a description of Conrade’s car out of the townhouse complex.  Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but Nelson fled the vehicle on foot and ran into a nearby quarry where he ultimately surrendered.

Anarae Schunk was identified by Conrade and from surveillance video at Nina’s Grill as being with Nelson and Conrade on Sunday morning.  Neither Nelson nor Conrade have provided any information to police as to the current whereabouts of Anarae Schunk.

Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaints which are located online at Criminal Complaint Search.  If in custody, mug shots can be viewed at Inmate Search

Backstrom indicated that police have yet to locate Anarae Schunk and an active search is underway to find her.  Anyone with any information regarding Anarae Schunk’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Burnsville Police Department at 952-895-4600.

Backstrom stated that the case involving Anthony Nelson will be presented to a Dakota County Grand Jury to consider the filing of additional charges.

Backstrom expressed his deep sympathy to the family of Palagor Obang Jobi for their great loss and expressed his hope that Anarae Schunk will be found quickly.

Backstrom thanked the Burnsville Police Department, and law enforcement agencies for Lakeville, Rosemount, the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension who have assisted and continue to assist in the investigation of this case.

Nelson made his first appearance in court today and bail in the amount of $2,000,000 without conditions ($1,500,000 with conditions) was set by Dakota County District Court Judge Timothy McManus.  Nelson’s next court appearance is set for October 10, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in Hastings.

Conrade made her first appearance in court today and bail in the amount of $250,000 without conditions ($150,000 with conditions) was set by Dakota County District Court Judge Timothy McManus.  Conrade’s next court appearance is set for October 22, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings.

If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.

*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt.  A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.