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 Isles

Between May 3, 4:13 p.m., and May 5, 7:30 a.m., 2800 block of Humboldt Ave.

A 36-year-old man parked his vehicle in front of his residence and awoke to find his car missing.


April 23, 8 a.m.–3 p.m., 4300 block of Nicollet Ave.

A 45-year-old woman left her home while she went to work. When she returned, she discovered that someone had burglarized her place.

April 24, 8:40 p.m., W. 38th St. and Pillsbury Ave.

Officers stopped a vehicle for a moving and equipment violation. The occupants, a 21-year-old man and a 20-year-old man, were arrested on weapons and narcotics charges.

Between May 1, 10 p.m., and May 2, 8 a.m., 3900 block of Grand Ave.

A 38-year-old man parked a truck owned by his father in front of his house. In the morning, the man discovered someone had stolen the vehicle during the night.

May 5, 5:50 p.m., 3800 block of Blaisdell Ave.

An unknown suspect burglarized the residence of a 72-year-old woman. While inside the apartment, the suspect removed cash from inside the victim’s purse. The victim, who was home at the time of the burglary, confronted the suspect. The suspect then fled the apartment with the cash.

Linden Hills

Between April 24, 3:30 p.m., and April 28, 9 a.m., 4300 block of Drew Ave.

A 46-year-old woman and her family left town for several days. When they returned, they found that an unknown suspect burglarized their home and that several items were missing.

+ May 1, 10:50 p.m., W. 42nd St. and Drew Ave.

Unknown suspects robbed a 20-year-old man at gunpoint. The robbers stole the man’s ID and keys.

May 3, 10:30–11:30 p.m., 4200 block of Drew Ave.

An unknown suspect burglarized the single-family home of a 56-year-old woman.

Lowry Hill East

+ April 28, 8:35 p.m., 2500 block of Bryant Ave.

An unknown suspect attempted to rob a 33-year-old man. The robber approached the suspect and demanded money while three other suspects assisted the robber in the crime.


April 22, 9:55 p.m., 3100 block of Pillsbury Ave.

Police arrested two suspects, a 21-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, on drug violation charges. Officers found the pair hiding in a small bathroom with suspected crack cocaine strewn about the room. The male suspect also had a warrant for his arrested for an undisclosed reason.

April 26, 8 a.m.–8 p.m., 3000 block of Grand Ave.

An unknown suspect entered the unlocked front door of an apartment of a 50-year-old man. Once inside, the burglar removed the victim’s car keys that were sitting on the table. The victim later found his vehicle missing.

April 28, 7:15 a.m.–3 p.m., 3500 block of Blaisdell Ave.

An unknown suspect burglarized the residence of a 51-year-old woman. The burglar broke the front porch window to gain access to the house. The victim found several items missing from inside the home.

+ April 28, 9 p.m., W. 35th St. and Grand Ave.

Officers arrested three 18-year-old men and a juvenile male in connection to the robbery of a juvenile male. A gun was allegedly used in the robbery. All suspects were taken into custody and booked on robbery charges.

+ May 5, 12:40 a.m., 3000 block of Pleasant Ave.

Three unidentified suspects approached a 21-year-old man and began fighting with him. One of the suspects took out a revolver and began to strike the victim in the head with it, causing severe lacerations to the victim’s head. The victim refused Emergency Medical Service.


+ April 22, 10:58 a.m., W. Lake St. and Pillsbury Ave.

Police arrested a 37-year-old man and a 23-year-old man in connection to the robbery of a 33-year-old man. The victim told police the suspects approached him and demanded his credit cards and money. He also said that both suspects threatened to kill him if he didn’t hand over his property. Both suspects were transported to Hennepin County Jail and booked on robbery charges.

April 23, 10:23 p.m., 2400 block of Nicollet Ave.

Police were called about a customer at a local restaurant who would not leave at closing time. The caller said the customer had ordered food but would not leave when asked. When the officer arrived, the customer was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and suspected narcotics. The suspect was arrested and booked at Hennepin County Jail.

+ April 24, 4:35 a.m., W. Franklin Ave. and LaSalle Ave.

An unknown number of suspects robbed a 53-year-old man at

April 24, 2 p.m., 4th Ave. and E. Franklin Ave.

Plainclothes officers observed an 18-year-old man sitting in a city bus shelter. It appeared the man was holding something in his hand and trying to stuff something inside it. The officers approached the man and identified themselves as police. The man admitted to the officers that he just purchased marijuana and was attempting to put it into a pipe. The officers removed the baggie containing the suspected marijuana from the suspect’s pants pockets. The suspect received a citation for drug possession and paraphernalia. The officers confiscated the suspected marijuana and pipe.

+ April 25, 3–5 p.m., 2500 block of Blaisdell Ave.

Two victims, a 30-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, believed they had been drugged. When they awoke, they found money and items missing from their apartment.

+ April 28, 9:40 p.m., 2500 block of Pillsbury Ave.

An unknown number of suspects robbed and assaulted a 29-year-old man in a rear alley. The victim told police that the suspects left the scene in a tan four-door sedan. The victim had been hit several times in the face and possibly sustained a broken nose.

April 28, 9:44 p.m., 3rd Ave and E. Franklin Ave.

Officers observed a 41-year-old man walking down Franklin Avenue. The officer said that when the man saw him, the suspect dropped an object onto the sidewalk. The officer found the object to be a bag of suspected marijuana. The suspect received a citation for possession of a small amount of marijuana and released at the scene.

+ May 3, 3:05 a.m., 100 block of E. Lake St.

Police arrested a 20-year-old woman in connection to the robbery of a 50-year-old woman. The victim told police that the robber held a gun to her head and demanded that she hand over her money. A vehicle matching the description of that used in the robbery was later stopped in Brooklyn Park and the driver, the suspect, was taken into custody.

+ May 3, 9:42 p.m., E. 27th St. and 1st Ave.

A 50-year-old man was sitting in his parked vehicle when an unknown suspect entered and sat in the back seat. The victim said the suspect demanded money and jewelry. He also said he felt what he believed to be a gun was being pressed into the back of his head. The suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

+ May 4, 1:03 a.m., E. 28th St. and Nicollet Ave.

A 34-year-old man was standing on the street corner when a vehicle approached with three unknown occupants inside and pointed a gun at the victim. The vehicle pulled away but circled the block and came back and pointed a gun at the victim a second time.

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.

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