Bike-riding robbers in SW

Minneapolis Police Sgt. Barry Nelson said there’s been a string of bike-riding criminals committing robberies in and around Stevens Square, Whittier, Lowry Hill, Lowry Hill East and Kingfield neighborhoods in Southwest over the past two months.

He said a few suspects were involved in each crime; some were juveniles and some had handguns. Nelson said about 65 to 70 percent of the robberies targeted women with purses.

Nelson said that on July 15, a bike rider shot a victim at the Nicollet Car Wash on the corner of 40th Street and Nicollet Avenue in Kingfield. Nelson said the victim survived and one arrest was made.

He said police have stepped up patrols to address the problem, and because of two other arrests, believe they’ve identified a ring of individuals perpetrating these crimes.