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.
Between July 10, 7 p.m., and July 11, 8 a.m., 6000 block of Russell Ave.
A 58-year-old man parked his vehicle in front of his home overnight. When he returned in the morning he found the vehicle missing. He told police that the vehicle had been unlocked and the keys left under a floor mat.
+ July 16, 12:58 a.m., W. 33rd St. and Fremont Ave.
An unknown number of suspects robbed a 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old man at gunpoint. The victims told police they could possibly identify the suspects at a later time.
+ July 16, 11:55 p.m., W. 31st St. and Emerson Ave.
Three unknown suspects robbed a 25-year-old man and a 19-year-old man at gunpoint. The victims were walking down the street when the three suspects approached, displayed a semi-auto handgun, and demanded the victims empty their pockets. The victims complied and the suspects fled the scene on foot.
+ July 14, 1:12–1:59 a.m., 3000 block of Hennepin Ave.
Witnesses found a 41-year-old man lying in the street with severe facial injuries. The victim needed to be transported to Fairview Southdale Hospital for treatment. The suspects were gone when police arrived at the scene.
+ July 13, 11:24 p.m., Hennepin Ave. and Franklin Ave.
Two unidentified suspects allegedly punched, kicked and shot at a 25-year-old man. Two witnesses observed the victim get shot at and chased by the alleged suspects. The victim needed to be transported to Abbott Northwestern Hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.
Between July 17, 10 p.m., and July 18, 8 a.m., 5700 block of Lyndale Ave.
A 30-year-old man parked his vehicle behind his apartment overnight. When he returned in the morning, he found an unknown suspect had stolen the vehicle. While police were in route to the victim’s apartment, the victim observed the vehicle drive by his apartment. He told police that two men were in the front seats and a grey-haired old woman sat in the back seat. The victim was positive it was his vehicle by the license plate number.
July 9, 5–5:15 p.m., 4200 block of Garfield Ave.
A 67-year-old woman was on her way to meet some friends for dinner when she realized she forgot something inside her home. She went back inside and left her purse near the doorway while she went upstairs. When she came back down, she found that an unknown suspect had entered her home and stolen her purse. The loss from the purse included three credit cards, $20 in cash and a set of keys.
Between July 12, 4 p.m., and July 13, 8 p.m., 3700 block of 1st Ave.
A 42-year-old man parked his vehicle in front of his home during the above time frame. When he returned to the vehicle, he found an unknown suspect had stolen it. Officers responding to the theft did not observe any broken glass in the area the vehicle had been parked.
+ July 10, 2 a.m., 1900 block of
An unknown number of suspects robbed and assaulted a 47-year-old woman. The suspects pushed the victim to the ground, punched her several times and then removed her purse from off her arm. The victim refused any medical attention offered by police officers.
July 11, 4:30–6 a.m., 2500 block of Aldrich Ave.
An unknown suspect(s) burglarized the apartment of a 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman. The victims told police that they had been asleep at the time and that when they awoke found a wallet, iPod, speakers and laptop missing. There was no sign of forced entry and the backdoor may have been left unlocked.
Lowry Hill East
+ July 13, 11:02 p.m., 900 block of W. 26th St.
An unknown suspect robbed two 18-year-old women and an 18-year-old man at gunpoint. The three victims were sitting on the front porch of a house when the suspect approached, pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded they hand over their money. The victims described the suspect as being a black male, approximately 18-years-old, 5 feet 10 with a medium build, a shaved head and an unshaven face. He was wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans at the time of the incident.
+ July 9, 10:07 p.m., E. 31st St. and Pillsbury Ave.
Two unknown suspects robbed a 37-year-old man at gunpoint. The suspects took the victim’s vehicle and fled westbound on E. 31st St.
Between July 11, 5 p.m., and July 12, 5 p.m., 3100 block of Pleasant Ave.
An unknown suspect(s) burglarized the apartment of a 21-year-old man. The victim’s firesafe was stolen from inside his bedroom. There was no sign of forced entry which lead the victim to believe the suspect(s) had a key to the apartment.
+ July 17, 5 a.m., 2100 block of Blaisdell Ave.
Three unknown suspects robbed and assaulted a 36-year-old man. The victim had been outside smoking when the suspects approached and demanded his wallet. When the victim refused, one of the suspects hit the victim in the head. When police arrived, the victim was unable to remember much because he may have lost consciousness. The victim refused any medical attention.
+ July 18, 2:25 a.m., W. 22nd St. and Blaisdell Ave.
Two unknown suspects assaulted and attempted to rob a 27-year-old man. The victim was punched and kicked repeatedly before struggling free and running into the street. Both suspects then fled the scene on foot. The victim sustained minor injuries but refused any medical attention.
+ July 21, 10:10 p.m., 3200 block of Garfield Ave.
Two unknown suspects robbed a 54-year-old man and a 49-year-old man at gunpoint. The victims described the first suspect as a Hispanic male in his late-teens or early-20s, 5 feet 6, skinny and armed with a black handgun. The second suspect is a black male, 5 feet 8, skinny with short, curly hair. The loss from the robbery included both of their wallets, credit cards, identification and cash.
+ July 9, noon–1 p.m., 1700 block of Lasalle Ave.
An unknown suspect robbed and assaulted a 49-year-old man. The victim needed to be treated at Hennepin County Medical Center for injuries he sustained.
July 10, 4:45 a.m., E. 17th St.
and 1st Ave.
Police officers arrested three men, a 20-year-old, a 19-year-old and an 18-year-old, in connection to the attempted theft of a vehicle owned by a 36-year-old man. Officers found the 20-year-old inside the vehicle and the other two suspects right outside. The vehicle’s window had been smashed and the steering column damaged. The 18-year-old was transported to Hennepin County Jail and booked on auto theft charges and the other two suspects were given citations for vehicle tampering and released at the scene.
July 17, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., 1900 block of Clinton Ave.
A 32-year-old man parked his vehicle in front of his apartment during the above time frame. When he returned, he discovered an unknown suspect had stolen the vehicle. The victim did not give anyone permission to use the vehicle and he still has the keys.
July 14, 4:11–5:30 p.m., 3200 block of W. Lake St.
A 27-year-old woman was at her work and sitting on a couch when she believes she may have dropped her keys in between the couch cushions in a store. She later found her vehicle, which had been parked in the parking lot, missing. The victim believes an unknown suspect had found the keys and stolen the vehicle, using the remote car alarm button to find it.
+ July 8, 9:05–9:40 p.m., E. 22nd St. and Nicollet Ave.
Police arrested a 34-year-old man in connection to the robbery of a 34-year-old man. When police searched the suspect, they found a knife in his possession. The suspect was booked at Hennepin County Jail on robbery charges.
+ July 12, 3:30 a.m., W. 24th St. and Harriet Ave.
Two unknown male suspects robbed a 24-year-old man at gunpoint. The victim had been walking down the opposite side of the street when the two suspects began to run across the street pointing a handgun and yelling, “Don’t move.” When the two suspects reached the victim, the suspect with the gun pointed it at the victim’s chest while the other rummaged through the victim’s pockets. The loss from the robbery included an iPhone and $4. Both suspects fled on foot.
+ July 13, 1:20 a.m., 2200 block of Garfield Ave.
Two unknown suspects robbed and assaulted a 23-year-old man and a 22-year-old man. The suspects approached the victims when one of the suspects punched both men and grabbed a bag one of the victims was carrying. Both victims refused any medical attention.
+ July 17, 3:15 a.m., W. 25th St. and Pleasant Ave.
Two unknown suspects robbed a 28-year-old man and a 25-year-old man. The two suspects approached and demanded the victims hand over their wallets and that they give them the PIN numbers to the debit cards. The suspects said that if the PIN were incorrect that they would go to the victims’ homes and kill them. The suspects then fled the scene on foot.
Between July 18, 8 a.m., and July 20, 1 p.m., 6000 block of Wentworth Ave.
A 60-year-old woman went away for the weekend and when she returned found an unknown suspect(s) had burglarized her home. The suspect(s) entered through an unlocked window and ransacked dresser drawers and rummaged through the refrigerator. The victim believes she may have lost some jewelry during the burglary.