St. Paul debt collector threatened by once-convicted murderer

A St. Paul family was attacked after attempting to collect a small debt from the alleged assailant’s mother.

The burglary and firearm assault happened July 2 at the Ravoux Hi-Rise apartments on the 200 block of Ravoux Street. According to a Ramsey County criminal complaint, a father and his daughter living in the Hi-Rise tried to collect about a $200 debt from a mother who lives on the 8th floor. Shortly after the father left, having asked the woman for the money, her son and suspect 36-year-old Luke Anthony Williams visited the father’s apartment.

Once he arrived at the man’s apartment, he aggressively knocked and kicked in the man's door, forcing his way into the apartment. After pistol whipping the man on the left side of the face, leaving a bruise, Williams then slapped the man’s daughter in the face.

  "Don't threaten my mom over some money,"  Williams told the father, the complaint alleges. Williams then went on to say, “I’m a real killer and I will kill you”.

He is.

In 1996 Luke Anthony Williams was convicted of murder in the second degree. The felon served 18 years in prison and was just released December 22, 2014. Williams turned himself in for the July 2 crime on July 8th.

Outside of the Ravoux Hi-Rise St. Paul police found the Ruger handgun used on the scene and a bag of marijuana in a diaper bag with two men pushing a baby stroller the day of the offense. Williams’ one-year-old baby was in the stroller at the time. The infant was with two men who claimed they knew nothing about the gun or the controlled substance in the diaper bag.

Both men declined post-Miranda interviews. Luke Anthony Williams face 20 years in prison, a $35,000 fine, or both if he's found guilty.

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