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Police: Shooter had just been released from prison

Vondale Lamar Kincaide completed his sentence and left the prison in Lino Lakes at 8:27 a.m. July 22.

Less than 10 hours later, police say he burst into a Rochester home and shot a man during an attempted robbery.

Kincaide, whom the victim described as "built like a linebacker," now sits in the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center, charged with five felonies. Conditional bail has been set at $400,000.

He's 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 272 pounds; prison officials suspect he's a member of the Mafia Insane Vice Lord gang, based on multiple tattoos on his body. They also say he was a "close associate" of Dion Abrams, who was released from Lino Lakes one week before Kincaide.

The friends were reunited at a back yard barbecue in the Twin Cities area the day Kincaide got out of prison.


Abrams, 32, has at least two younger brothers: Walter Abrams, 28, and Antonyo White, 24. White lives in Rochester with his girlfriend and children.

Kincaide and the Abrams brothers decided at the barbecue to pay White a visit, officials believe. They drove to Rochester, where they devised a plan to get some money and drugs.

White knew someone who had both: The 30-year-old victim in the house at 3811 14th Ave. NW had a small grow operation at the residence and sold marijuana to a small group of friends, the criminal complaint says.

White, known on the street as "Tone," was one of the small group.

At 5:51 p.m. July 22, the victim's fiancee called 911. She and the couple's two children had fled the home, but the victim was still inside, being held at gunpoint, she said.

When officers arrived, the man was sitting on the front step with a bullet wound to the leg.

He told investigators a muscular black man had come into the house and demanded marijuana. When the victim told him to leave, the man — later identified as Kincaide — pulled a gun from behind his back and held it against the victim's forehead, court documents say.

Kincaide heard the woman and children in the kitchen; afraid the police would be called, he demanded the victim bring them downstairs. The man refused, and Kincaide told investigators that when the victim refused and became agitated, Kincaide was afraid of what the victim would do. He didn't want to kill him, but he knew he had to calm (the victim) down, so he took a step back and shot him in the leg.


The woman and kids ran through a patio door to a neighbor's house to call police, describing the intruder as "creepy, angry and not in his right mind." Kincaide allegedly chased them, going as far as the deck, then turned around and came back inside the house.

He again demanded marijuana, leaving after the victim gave him about two ounces in two jars, the complaint says.

A witness told police he'd seen a "very tall" black man running north on 14th Avenue Northwest, carrying two cans. A second witness described meeting a black vehicle traveling in the area at a high rate of speed. He saw four black males who "all appeared to be leaning down, like they were hiding," the report says, and believed the driver had dreadlocks.

The victim told police the only person he thought might be involved in the incident was a man he knows as "Tone." He described Tone as a skinny black male with 1-inch knots or braids in his hair.

Three days later, an investigator found White, who said he and his brother had been picking up his children from daycare at the time of the shooting. White's girlfriend, however, said her mother or her sister had picked up the children that day.

Walter Abrams had been in town all day, she said, visiting from Minneapolis.

The next day, an anonymous caller told an investigator that White and his brothers were involved in the shooting, and that Dion Abrams' friend from prison had been the shooter.

The victim positively identified Kincaide as the man who shot him.


Kincaide was arrested about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Twin Cities area by a U.S. Marshals task force. White and Dion Abrams were arrested Wednesday; Walter Abrams was arrested Thursday evening.

All four men face felony counts of first-degree aggravated robbery, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary with a dangerous weapon and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, court documents say.

Kincaide and White face additional felony counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Kincaide is due back in court Aug. 19.

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