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Fourth individual accused of carrying AR-15 rifle in Worthington armed burglary faces charge

WORTHINGTON -- Charges were filed last week against a fourth suspect in connection to an armed burglary pursuit of marijuana at a Worthington residence last December.

WORTHINGTON - Charges were filed last week against a fourth suspect in connection to an armed burglary pursuit of marijuana at a Worthington residence last December.  

Justin J. Lien, 21, with a last-known residence in Granite Falls, was charged June 29 after an approximately seven-month collaborative investigation between multiple law enforcement agencies and criminal proceedings of other suspects in Nobles County District Court.

A complaint warrant was issued, as Lien’s whereabouts are unknown.

According to the criminal complaint, Lien was the suspect of the armed burglary that allegedly carried and threatened the victims with the AR-15 rifle. Based on interviews with other suspects, Lien was supposedly involved in the burglary because he owned or had access to the weapon.

The motive behind the burglary, suspect interviews indicate, was to steal marijuana the perpetrators felt they’d been wronged by. Some of the perpetrators had visited the Fox Farm Road residence prior to the burglary to purchase marijuana. The weight was allegedly 2 ounces less than what they’d paid for, the complaint cites.

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Lien has been charged with two counts of first-degree burglary of an occupied dwelling, two counts of first-degree burglary with possession of a dangerous weapon, first-degree aggravated robbery and theft, all felonies.

Lien is the latest charged in addition to Christian R. Walls, 18 and Albert Hughes, 19 , both of Montevideo; and Jakwan M. Horton, 17 , of Bellingham, who are accused of threatening and forcing a young woman to drive them to the Worthington residence with the intent of stealing marijuana and other items. The three allegedly broke into the residence, donning bandanas and carrying multiple weapons while the residence occupants were home. The alleged victims chased after them in a vehicle and both parties spun out in the ditch and one witness said he heard the click of a trigger, although the firearm did not discharge. No injuries were reported.

His mugshot was unavailable, as no arrest has yet been made.

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