Robbery alerts issued for Armatage, Stevens Square

Fifth Precinct Crime-Prevention officials have issues warnings after February robberies in the Armatage and Stevens Square neighborhoods.

In Stevens, Crime-Prevention Specialist Jennifer Waisanen issued a crime alert after three very similar robberies at gunpoint near East 19th Street & Stevens Avenue between Feb. 3 and Feb. 6.

The robberies all happened between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. The suspect is described in the alert as a black male, roughly 20 to 30 years old, between 5’1" and 6’3", with a "prominent brow area." The suspect fled on foot following the robberies.

In the alert, Waisanen advises residents that if they’re being robbed, they should give up their valuables. "Your life is more important than your possessions," she says. Waisanen also said that people should also trust their gut, and if they’re uncomfortable in a situation, they should leave or go where there are other people.

In Armatage, Crime-Prevention Specialist Jennifer Neale issued a crime alert following a robbery of person that took place Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

At West 56th Street & Cumberland Road, three teenage girls approached a woman walking home from the bus and asked her for money. The victim declined and the juvenile suspects pushed her to the ground, assaulted her and then stole her purse.

The suspects are described as between 14 and 16 years old, black, wearing blue "sports jackets."

Neale and Waisanen recommended the following tips for residents:

– Remain alert – stay aware of your surroundings;

– If walking, seek the company of a friend;

– Walk only on well-lit and populated streets;

Stay oriented to your surroundings, and trust your feelings;

– If uncomfortable, leave a situation and go to a public place;

– Watch your neighbors;

– Call 911 to report unusual activity or people;

– Carry all valuables (money, id, etcŠ) on your body, not in a purse;

– Give up your valuables in a robbery situation; and

– Carry an alarm or scream to call for help if needed.

For more information on crime-prevention tips, visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/outreach/ or call Waisanen at 673-2815.