Crime and Safety and Police Reports

Police accepting nominations for community award

The Minneapolis Police Department is accepting nominations for the third annual Teresa Ruhland Youth Award, which recognizes an exceptional volunteer for his or her work involving youth and block club activities. The award is named after Teresa Sheehy Ruhland, a longtime SAFE crime-prevention team employee who died in May 2000.

Nominations forms are available online, or the department will accept a one-page essay that details a nominee’s work involving youth and block club activities. The deadline for award nominations is Oct. 24.

Essays should touch on how the individual worked to build community, how he or she worked with youth to solve block problems, taught the rewards of community participation and engaged youth in crime prevention and safety activities. Essays should also explain how youth have been touched by the nominee’s participation. Volunteers to be considered cannot accept payment for their services.

The winner of the award will receive a commemorative award, a $50 gift card for the block club and their name added to the award plaque hanging in the 3rd Precinct.

All nomination forms and essays should be sent to: John Baumann, CCP/SAFE 217 S. 3rd St. Minneapolis, MN 55401

To access a nomination form or to find more information about the award, visit the MPD Web site at — Robyn Repya

Police issue Kingfield crime alert

The Minneapolis Police Department sent out a warning to residents and neighbors in Southwest regarding a rash of robberies of persons, thefts from auto, and property damage occurring on West 38th Street between 1st Street and Stevens Avenue in the Kingfield neighborhood.

Officers ask people to call 911 and report any suspicious behavior in the area, explaining that behavior in detail to the operator. They’re also asking people to provide a more detailed description of suspicious individuals — specifying an individual’s race, age, physical characteristics, clothing and the direction they’re traveling.

Officers say it’s not necessary to identify yourself when calling 911 to report such behavior. — Robyn Repya


Between 6 p.m. Sept. 27 and 9:30 a.m. Sept. 28, 3400 block of Fremont Ave. An unknown suspect stole a black 1992 Integra. No evidence was found at the scene.

Sept. 28, 12:48 a.m., Lake St. and Lyndale Ave. Troy Lee Wilson was arrested, charged and booked with assault with bodily harm after he allegedly assaulted a male victim who refused to give him money upon request. Wilson allegedly bit the victim, breaking the skin.

Sept. 29, between 8 p.m. and 8:20 p.m., 34th St. and Girard Ave. A female victim was robbed at gunpoint by two suspects who stole her $500 Prada shoulder bag, medication, a Palm Pilot, $30, jeans, a belt, tennis shoes, a shirt, a baseball hat, a book and a passport. The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

East Isles
Between 10 p.m. Sept. 24 and 7:45 a.m. Sept. 25, 1600 block of 25th St. Someone broke into a residence and stole a black Coach bag, Ralph Lauren sunglasses, a workbag, a cell phone, a Palm Pilot, a wallet containing a driver’s license, four credit cards and a checkbook.

Sept. 26, 3 a.m., 29th and Holmes Ave. Suspects who then fled in a vehicle robbed a male victim at gunpoint.

Sept. 25, between 3 p.m. and 4:58 p.m., 6100 block of Penn Ave. Officers responded to a call about juveniles drinking in a car. The caller stated it was an ongoing problem in the area. Officers arrived and found three 15-year-old juveniles: two girls and a boy, in the vehicle, with firearm ammunition and suspected narcotics. Two juveniles were arrested, charged and booked at the Juvenile Detention Center, one for a narcotics violation and the other for obstructing officers and tampering with a vehicle. The third juvenile was cited and released.

Sept. 25, between 10:59 p.m. and 11:42 p.m., 54th St. and Colfax Ave. Officers observed somone driving erratically. They stopped the car and found the driver, Herman Smith, 46, had a cancelled license. Officers searched the vehicle and found rocks of suspected crack cocaine. Smith was arrested, charged with a narcotics violation and booked at the Hennepin County Jail.

Sept. 27, between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., 4400 block of Garfield Ave. Someone stole an olive-colored Oldsmobile Cutlass.

Lowry Hill
Sept. 24, between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., 1700 block of Knox Ave. An unknown suspect broke into a home by breaking a window with a tire iron and stole a CD player worth $350 and seven liquor bottles.

Between 10 p.m. Sept. 24 and 8 a.m. Sept. 25, 1600 block of Mount Curve Ave. Someone stole a silver 2001 Audi Quattro S4, which had been parked in the victim’s driveway. The car contained nine Hogan golf clubs, three Callaway golf clubs, a golf bag and a case of white wine, a combined loss of nearly $2,000.

Sept. 23, 8:45 a.m., 500 block of Lake St. Someone stole a green 1995 Ford Taurus when the driver, an acquaintance of the owner, went into a business, leaving the car unlocked with the keys in the ignition. He returned to find it stolen.

Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m., 33rd St. E. and Nicollet Ave. An unknown suspect attempting to sell "hair clippers" approached a male victim who offered $15 to purchase the clippers. When the victim went to grab his wallet for the money, the suspect snatched the wallet and ran away. The wallet contained $600 cash and a driver’s license. Officers noted the victim was evasive and nervous while giving the report, but said he could identify the suspect if found.

Sept. 24, 6 a.m., 30 block of Lake St. A victim parked his silver, 1989 Plymouth Voyager and returned to find it stolen.

Between 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and 8:30 a.m. Sept. 26, 3100 block of 1st Ave. Someone stole a $1,500 clarinet form a residence.

Sept. 25, 4:45 p.m., 100 block of Lake St. Someone stole a red 2001 Dodge Stratus. The victim, who is terminally ill, claimed a suspect whom she thought was trying to help her took her car keys and when she went to find her car, it was gone.

Sept. 28, 12:01 a.m., 3300 block of Nicollet Ave. Someone forced open the door of a dwelling and stole a cream-colored safe and six credit cards.

Sept. 28, 3:20 p.m., 10 Lake St. A suspect in a parking lot displayed a gun to a male victim and demanded money. The suspect stole the victim’s wallet containing $40; a debit, credit card, and membership cards; and keys to the victim’s home, car and work on a New York Yankees key chain.

Stevens Square
Sept. 23, 11:28 p.m., 1800 block of 3rd Ave. Jacqueline Kelly Reynolds. 34, was arrested and charged with a narcotics violation. She was booked at Hennepin County Jail.

Between 8 p.m. Sept. 24 and 3:40 p.m. Sept. 25, 1800 block of 1st Ave. Someone stole a green 1997 Honda Accord, which had been parked in the rear of the building. There was no evidence or shattered glass left behind.

Between 9 p.m. Sept. 24 and 2 p.m. Sept. 25, 1900 block of 4th Ave. An unknown suspect stole a red 1994 Honda Accord. The car had been parked and locked. No evidence was found at the scene.

Sept. 26, 3 a.m., 26th St. and Colfax Ave. Two males robbed a male victim at gunpoint and fled with the victim’s $24.

Sept. 23, 11:18 a.m., 27th St. and 3rd Ave. Tyrone Parrish Douglas, 34, was stopped for loitering by officers. When he walked up to the officers, he threw down suspected cocaine. Douglas was then arrested and charged with a narcotics violation and booked at the Hennepin County Jail.

Sept. 24, between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., 2500 block of Stevens Ave. Someone broke into a building and stole two checkbooks, check cards, credit cards and a three-ring binder.

Sept. 24, 10:48 p.m., 1st Ave. and 24th St. Jose Antonio Gauman, 22, was arrested and charged with a narcotics violation. He was booked at Hennepin County Jail, and his car was impounded.

Sept.26, 2:54 a.m., Charles Arthur Coger, 23, was arrested for aggravated robbery of a person. He was charged at Hennepin County Jail.

Between 11:15 p.m. Sept. 27 and 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28, 2900 Blaisdell Ave. Someone stole a red 1991 Chevrolet Blazer, which contained the victim’s debit card. No glass or evidence was found at the scene.

Sept. 29, 7 p.m., A Plus Auto Repair, 2800 block of 1st Ave. A suspect entered the business and ordered employees down on the ground at gunpoint. The suspect then stole items from the business and four victims, three at gunpoint. Stolen items include a Coach purse, an Aldo purse and a Baker purse, driver’s licenses, numerous credit cards, checkbooks, four cell phones and $950 in cash.

Between 10 p.m. Sept. 25 and 8 a.m. Sept. 26, 5600 block of Pillsbury Ave. A victim parked his black. 1986 Buick Regal in front of his house and awoke to find it stolen.

Sept. 26, 4:08 a.m., 5600 block of Pillsbury Ave. A victim observed two males attempting to steal her car earlier in the morning, so she called the police who came and took a report. Later, at 4:08 a.m., she looked outside to check on her yellow 1985 Jeep parked in front of her house and observed the two black males driving away in her car.

*12 Domestic incidents reported for this one-week cycle.