Crime reports

Editor’s note: Alleged crimes against persons (assault, rape, murder, etc.) will feature the + symbol. Note, this compilation of crime reports provides highlights of area criminal activity. It’s not intended to be a comprehensive overview of Southwest crime.

CARAG
Feb. 26, 5:49 p.m., W. Lake St. and Girard Ave.
Police officers stopped a vehicle for having illegally tinted windows. The officers found that the passengers, two 26-year-old men, had warrants out for their arrest. The passenger allegedly had an unidentified narcotic in his possession. Hennepin County Jail refused to book the suspect due to an unknown medical reason and he needed to be transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. After being seen by medical personnel, the suspect was returned to HCJ and booked on narcotics charges.

East Harriet
March 8, 9:50–10:21 p.m., W. 42nd St. and
Lyndale Ave.
Police officers conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle being driven with no rear license plate light. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officers found four juvenile males inside and could smell a strong odor of marijuana. When the officers asked who had marijuana, one of the suspects in the rear passenger seat began moving nervously and appeared to be trying to hide something. The suspect was found to be in possession of a small amount of alleged marijuana in his front pocket. The parents of the suspect were called, and he was released with a citation. The other passengers were reprimanded and released at the scene.

East Isles
+ March 3, 8:30 p.m., 2800 block of Holmes Ave.
Two unknown suspects robbed and assaulted a 30-year-old man. The victim had been walking to his vehicle when the suspects approached and began punching and kicking him. One of the suspects choked the victim until he almost lost consciousness. The suspects stole the victim’s cell phone and attempted to steal the victim’s wallet before fleeing the scene on foot. The victim refused any medical attention.

Kenny
March 5, 11:56 p.m., W. 56th St. and Lyndale Ave.
Officers conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle driven by a 23-year-old man. The officers allegedly found the suspect to be in possession of an unidentified amount of crack cocaine. The passenger, a 58-year-old man, was found to be in violation of his conditional release from jail. Both suspects were arrested and transported to Hennepin County Jail.

Kingfield
+ Feb. 23, 7:05 a.m., 3800 block of Nicollet Ave.
Two unknown suspects robbed and assaulted a juvenile male while he delivered newspapers. The suspects approached, demanded money, then both pulled out knives and threatened the victim. One of the suspects then stabbed the victim in the left elbow before running from the scene. Police officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects. The victim needed to be transported to the hospital for treatment.

Feb. 26, 8 a.m.–10:20 p.m., 100 block of W. 39th St.
An unknown suspect burglarized the residence of a 32-year-old man. The front door of the home had been kicked in and a laptop removed, but nothing else appeared to be missing.

March 3, 1:30–2:20 p.m., 3800 block of Blaisdell Ave.
Police were called about a man slumped over in his vehicle. Officers responding to the call found a 59-year-old man inside the vehicle along with a hypodermic needle and an unidentified narcotic. The suspect was arrested and transported to Hennepin County Jail.

March 4, 11:39 a.m., E. 22nd St. and Clinton Ave.
Police officers observed a 46-year-old man they knew had a felony warrant out for his arrest walking down the street. Upon searching the suspect, a broken glass crack pipe and a small amount of suspected marijuana were found to be in his possession. The suspect was arrested and transported to Hennepin County Jail.

March 5, 9:49–10:05 p.m., 3800 block of 1st Ave.
A 21-year-old man was arrested for alleged narcotics violations. The suspect had been found to have four baggies of suspected marijuana and seven bindles of suspected crack cocaine in his possession at the time of the arrest.

March 7, 11:50 p.m., W. 45th St. and Blaisdell Ave.
Police officers initiated a traffic stop after observing a moving violation. The officers recovered an unidentified amount of crack cocaine from inside the vehicle. All four of the passengers, a 47-year-old man, a 37-year-old woman, a 26-year-old man and a 23-year-old man, were arrested for the alleged narcotics violation and transported to Hennepin County Jail.

Linden Hills
March 9, 11:13–11:50 p.m., W. 44th St. and
Chowen Ave.
Police officers in the area, responding to a burglary, observed a vehicle without a working rear license plate light that matched the description of the vehicle used in the burglary. The officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and found the passenger, a 46-year-old woman, to have a gross misdemeanor warrant out for her arrest for an unidentified reason. The driver was also found to allegedly be in possession of crack cocaine.

Lowry Hill
Between Feb. 28, 7 p.m., and Feb. 29, 12:01 a.m., 1900 block of Fremont Ave.
An unknown suspect burglarized the residence of a 32-year-old woman and a 27-year-old woman. The suspect entered through a rear window in the kitchen and removed approximately $150 in cash before exiting out the front door.

Lowry Hill East
Feb. 19, midnight–12:30 p.m., 2400 block of Colfax Ave.
Two unknown suspects burglarized four apartments within an apartment complex. All the doors to the apartments had been pried open and items removed from inside. Police processed the scene for fingerprints. An employee of the complex said he chased away two black males who may have been involved in the burglaries. The victims included a 29-year-old woman and a 20-year-old woman who rented apartments in the building.

+ Feb. 23, 10:40 p.m., W. 28th St. and Emerson Ave.
Police officers arrested two juvenile males for allegedly assaulting and attempting to rob a 21-year-old man. Both suspects were booked at the Juvenile Detention Center. The victim did not need any medical assistance.

March 4, 5:45–11:45 p.m., 2700 block of Fremont Ave.
An unknown suspect burglarized the apartment of a 21-year-old man. The suspect removed the victim’s front door and took a number of items from inside. The victim had been in jail at the time of burglary.

+ March 8, 10 p.m., W. 25th St. and Dupont Ave.
An unknown suspect robbed a 24-year-old woman. The suspect had a screwdriver in his hand when he approached the victim and then grabbed her purse. The suspect dropped the screwdriver at the scene and fled on foot.

Lyndale
Feb. 26, 8:30–10:10 a.m., 100 block of W. Lake St.
A 57-year-old man parked his car in a public parking lot while going to a doctor’s appointment. When he returned, the victim found that an unknown suspect had stolen the vehicle. The victim still has the keys but said there was a spare key in the glove box.

+ March 3, 5:48–6:36 p.m., address not available.
Police officers responded to a report of a person with a gun. Upon arrival, a 28-year-old man was arrested for allegedly assaulting a 34-year-old man and was transported to Hennepin County Jail. Several people witnessed the assault.

+ March 3, 7:25 p.m., W. Lake St. and Blaisdell Ave.
An unknown suspect stabbed a 31-year-old man in the arm with an unidentified object.

Lynnhurst
March 8, 5–7:55 p.m., 4900 block of Girard Ave.
Unknown suspects burglarized the residence of a 46-year-old woman. The back door of the house had been pried open in order to gain access, and unidentified items were removed.

Stevens Square
+ March 4, 6:30 p.m., 1800 block of Stevens Ave.
Police were dispatched to a fight in progress between a 55-year-old man and a 48-year-old man. The 55-year-old man was arrested and charged with alleged third-degree aggravated assault at Hennepin County Jail. The 48-year-old man needed to be transported to Hennepin County Medical Center to receive treatment for unspecified injuries sustained during the altercation.

Tangletown
Feb. 27, 7:32 p.m., 4600 block of Nicollet Ave.
A 23-year-old man parked his vehicle in a strip mall parking lot and left the vehicle running with the keys in the ignition. When he returned, the vehicle was missing. A few textbooks and the victim’s laptop were inside the vehicle at the time of the theft.

+ March 7, 1:50 p.m., W. 52nd St. and Nicollet Ave.
An unknown suspect assaulted a juvenile male. The victim had been stabbed in both hands with an unidentified object and needed to seek medical treatment.

Whittier
+ Feb. 22, 9:35 p.m., 2700 block of Blaisdell Ave.
Two unknown suspects robbed and assaulted a 50-year-old man. The suspects beat the victim with an unknown blunt object, possibly a piece of pipe, as he walked down an alley. As the victim lay on the ground, the suspects removed his wallet before fleeing the scene on foot. The victim needed to be treated at the scene by EMS for a broken wrist and several lacerations to the top of his head before being transported to the hospital.

+ Feb. 24, 2:30 a.m., E. Lake St. and Stevens Ave.
An unknown suspect robbed and assaulted a 25-year-old man. The suspect punched the victim in the face before stealing his wallet. The victim refused any medical attention.

+ Feb. 26, 2:30 p.m., E. 22nd St. and 3rd Ave.
Two unknown suspects robbed and assaulted a juvenile male. The suspects hit the victim with a baseball bat before removing unidentified items from the victim. The victim had minor injuries but refused any medical attention offered by officers.

Between Feb. 27, 5 p.m., and Feb. 29, 10:52 a.m., 2600 block of Stevens Ave.
An unknown suspect burglarized a vacant home owned by a 56-year-old man. The suspect broke out the glass window of the front door to gain access and, once inside, removed approximately 40 feet of copper piping from the basement.

March 3, 9:30–11 a.m., 2100 block of Grand Ave.
An unknown suspect burglarized the residence of a 29-year-old man and a 19-year-old man. The front door to the upstairs apartment had been kicked in, and both victims’ laptops had been stolen from their rooms. An X-Box video game console had been moved during the robbery, and police fingerprinted it. Residents living downstairs said they didn’t hear or see anything during the time of the robbery.

March 4, 5:50 p.m., W. Lake St. and Blaisdell Ave.
A woman and a man were observed engaged in an altercation on the street. Police arrested both suspects and transported to them Hennepin County Jail. The male suspect was charged with alleged disorderly conduct and the female suspect charged with alleged disorderly conduct and for loitering in possession of an unidentified narcotic and an open bottle of alcohol.

March 5, 2:24 a.m., 2700 block of Garfield Ave.
Police officers observed a 33-year-old man allegedly attempting to break into the home of a 56-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman. The suspect was arrested and transported to Hennepin County Jail.

Windom
+ Feb. 26, 8:40 p.m., 5900 block of Nicollet Ave.
An unknown number of suspects robbed and assaulted a 39-year-old man. The victim had just cashed a check at a local bank and was on his way back to this vehicle when the suspects approached, assaulted the victim and removed the cash from his pants pocket before fleeing the scene on foot. The victim refused any medical attention.

Crime reports

Editor’s note: Alleged crimes against persons (assault, rape, murder, etc.) will feature the + symbol. Note, this compilation of crime reports provides highlights of area criminal activity. It’s not intended to be a comprehensive overview of Southwest crime.

East Harriet

Feb. 15, noon–6 p.m., 3900 block of Lyndale Ave.

An unknown suspect(s) burglarized the residence of a 26-year-old man and two 25-year-old men. Officers responding to the burglary found signs the front door had been forced open. Once inside, the burglar(s) removed various items before leaving the scene.

+ Feb. 15, 10:50–11:09 p.m., W. 43rd St. and Aldrich Ave.

Two 18-year-old men and a juvenile male were walking down the street when they noticed a white conversion van following them. Suddenly, multiple suspects jumped out of the van and displayed a small black handgun. The suspects stole various items from the victims before getting back into the van and driving off. The victims were uninjured during the robbery.

Lowry Hill East

Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m., W. 25th St. and Bryant Ave.

Officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that had failed to signal when turning. When the officers approached the vehicle, they could smell a strong odor of marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle. The officers discovered an unidentified amount of suspected marijuana inside the glove compartment. Three of the passengers, a 20-year-old woman, a 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman, were given citations and released at the scene. A fourth passenger, a 20-year-old man, was found to have a misdemeanor warrant under his name. Officers arrested the suspect and transported him to Hennepin County Jail.

Lyndale

Feb. 17, 5:17–8 p.m., 3300 block of Nicollet Ave.

A 46-year-old man parked his 1990 Chevrolet on the street. Later, the victim discovered an unknown suspect had stolen the vehicle. The victim still has possession of the keys.

Stevens Square

+ Feb. 17, 4:50 p.m., 1900 block of Nicollet Ave.

A 29-year-old woman got into an altercation with an unknown suspect, during which time, the suspect stabbed the victim in the elbow with an unidentified weapon. Officers at the scene said the victim was very drunk and uncooperative. The victim needed to be transported by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.

Tangletown

Feb. 13, 7:25 a.m., 4600 block of
Pillsbury Ave.

A 30-year-old woman left her vehicle parked on the street with the keys in the ignition and the engine running. An unknown suspect jumped into the unlocked vehicle and drove off with it. The owner received a citation for open ignition.

Between Feb. 17, 9 p.m., and Feb. 18, 5:22 a.m., 5000 block of Garfield Ave.

An unknown suspect(s) broke into and stole various items from the vehicle of a 50-year-old man. Included in the stolen items were keys to the vehicle of a 46-year-old woman. The suspect(s) proceeded to steal the second vehicle.

Whittier

Between Feb. 12, 7 p.m., and Feb. 13, 7:30 a.m., 2800 block of Stevens Ave.

An unidentified suspect burglarized the residence of a 65-year-old man. The victim told police that the only items missing were seven DVDs and a roll of quarters. The victim had been staying at his girlfriend’s the night before, and when he returned, found the rear door’s panel broken out. The victim believes the suspect is known to him and that the suspect is an alleged drug user who lives only a couple houses down. Three days later, on Feb. 16, the victim’s home was broken into a second time. The back door had been kicked in and a checkbook was stolen from inside.

Feb. 15, 5–5:30 p.m., W. Lake St. and Blaisdell Ave.

A 56-year-old man walked into the 5th Precinct Police Station to inform police that an unknown suspect had stolen his vehicle. However, officers told him that his vehicle had been involved in a pedestrian hit and run about 20 minutes prior to him coming into the station. The man told police the vehicle had been unlocked at the time and that you do not need a key to start the vehicle. Officers informed the man that he matched the description of the driver given to police by the victim of the hit and run.

+ Feb. 9:40 p.m., 2800 block of Grand Ave.

Unknown suspect(s) attempted to rob a 58-year-old man in front of his residence. The victim told police that there was no loss from the attempted robbery. The victim needed to be transported by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center for injuries he sustained during the robbery attempt.

Windom

Between Feb. 15, 5 p.m., and Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m., 5500 block of Nicollet Ave.

An unknown suspect burglarized the residence of a 39-year-old woman.

Between Feb. 15, 10 p.m., and Feb. 16, 2 a.m., 5400 block of Grand Ave.

An unknown suspect stole the vehicle of a 30-year-old woman. The victim believes this theft could be related to an earlier auto theft she was a victim of, and as a result, that the suspect may have had a key to the vehicle involved in the most recent theft.

5th precinct crime-prevention contacts

1 (Cedar Isles Dean, Kenwood, Lowry Hill East, Lowry Hill, East Isles, Whittier, Steven’s Square and Loring Park):
Lt. Amelia Huffman: 612-673-2334
Crime Prevention Specialist Chelsea Adams: 612-673-2815

Sector 2 (West Calhoun, Linden Hills, East Calhoun, CARAG, East Harriet, Lyndale and Kingfield):
Lt. Marie Przynski:
612-673-5595
Crime Prevention Specialist Tom Thompson:
612-673-2823

Sector 3 (Fulton, Lynnhurst,
Tangletown, Armatage, Kenny
and Windom):
Lt. Chris Hildreth:
612-673-2755
Crime Prevention Specialist Sarah Mahmud: 612-673-2819

Southwest Journal crime reports include major crimes in our area. We do not include common larcenies such as thefts from motor vehicles and crimes against businesses. We only report suspects’ race or ethnicity when the police reports mention it. Not all suspect information is made available to the public.

In general, domestic incidents are not reported, to protect the victim. However, we include the number of domestic assaults reported during the period.

Crime reports are compiled from Minneaplis police reports and are edited for length; there may be other incidents from your neighborhood. The police do not always file reports in time for inclusion in the Journal.

For more, see www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police. Crime information there may be more comprehensive but less timely.