Police seek impact statements for upcoming trials

The Minneapolis Police Department’s 5th Precinct is requesting community impact statements from residents affected by three recent Southwest crimes for use in upcoming court trials.

– On Oct. 10, police arrested Lowry Hill East resident John Perkins, 45, after finding a large marijuana-growing operation at his residence, the top floor of a duplex on the 2600 block of Aldrich Ave.

Officers went to the duplex around 10:40 p.m. after a 911 caller reported strange odors coming from the property and suspected a meth lab. Police obtained a search warrant after smelling the odor and a strong marijuana scent. Roughly 8.5 lbs of marijuana was recovered, but no meth chemicals or evidence of a lab were found, said 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist Sarah Mahmud.

Perkins was charged with fifth-degree possession and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 18 at 9 a.m.

– On Oct. 11, police arrested repeat offender Dwayne Taylor, 49, for burglary of a shed on the 2600 block of Pleasant Avenue.

Officers were dispatched to the area around 1 a.m. after a burglary-in-progress report and found Taylor leaving the alley with two bicycles. The victims positively identified their bikes and the suspect.

Taylor has been arrested numerous times for burglary, drugs, trespassing and possession of burglary tools, Mahmud said.
He faces charges of third-degree burglary and theft over $500 and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m.

Community Attorney Lisa Godon is requesting impact statements for both incidents by the day before trial. For information about impact statements and how to submit them, go to www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/attorney/impact-statements.asp. Godon’s e-mail address is [email protected]