Two charged in robbery, shooting of Minneapolis musician

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Two people have been arrested and charged in the shooting of a Minnesota musician last week.

The Minneapolis Police Department announced Friday Natalie Nicole Box and Jonell Butler have been charged with multiple aggravated robbery charges and one count of second degree assault. The incidents for which they are charged occurred Sep. 8, Oct. 5 and Oct. 6.

More charges are also expected for both Box and Butler. Both suspects are in custody.

The most recent incident victimized Aaron Hix Lee, a musician in the band Red Daughters. He was shot in the abdomen last Friday just before he was scheduled to play at the 331 Club in northeast Minneapolis.

Police say Lee and his girlfriend were walking near the corner of 13th Avenue and 4th Street when a man demanded their wallets and phones. Lee handed them over and as the suspect walked away he turned around and shot Lee.

According to a GoFundMe page set up for his long-term recovery, Lee survived three surgeries last weekend and is currently in stable condition. The bullet apparently nicked his colon and lodged into his leg where it will remain.

Lee is a singer, guitarist and keyboardist with several bands and he's also a server at Pizza Nea in Minneapolis.


The Sep. 6 incident was another robbery in which Butler allegedly punched a man in the head, pulled out a knife, held it to his throat and forced him to stop driving before shoving him out of the vehicle and driving away.

While driving away, the vehicle drove over the victim’s legs.

That victim reported several of his bank cards being used in unauthorized transactions.

Another person in the vehicle at the time agreed to contact the defendant on behalf of law enforcement so they could take him into custody. She arranged the meeting for Oct. 9 where law enforcement arrested him.