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.


+ Oct. 3, 7:32–7:40 p.m.,
6000 block of Penn Ave. S.

A gas station attendant said the suspect entered the store and asked if they had a certain auto part for his car. The attendant went to check and heard the cash register open.  He returned and saw the suspect taking money. The suspect said he had a gun and ran out of the store with an unknown amount of money. The attendant was not harmed.


+ Oct. 2, 10:30–10:35 p.m.,
3500 block of Emerson Ave. S.

Two suspects robbed a 58-year-old man at gunpoint. He passed them on the street just before they robbed him. The man lost a wallet with cash and cards inside. He suffered no injuries and the suspects fled in an unknown direction.

East Calhoun

Sept. 30, 10:07–10:12 a.m.,
3200 block of E. Calhoun Pkwy

Police arrested a 24-year-old man for indecent exposure. Witnesses said the man emerged naked from the water and threw rocks at a 2-year-old child. The child’s nanny yelled for the man to stop, but he continued to throw rocks. One of the rocks struck the child in the back, causing him to fall. The nanny picked up the child and called for help, and off-duty officers responded. They tackled the naked man and held him until police arrived.


Oct. 5, 11:23 p.m.–Oct. 6, 3 p.m., 4500 block of Pillsbury Ave. S.

A 52-year-old woman reported electronics stolen from her home. She suspects an adult son who recently moved out but still has a key.

Lowry Hill

Oct. 2, 12:01–7 a.m.,
1700 block of Mount Curve Ave.

Unknown suspects entered a man’s car parked in his driveway and stole several items. They also tried to enter the man’s residence with a set of keys taken from the car, but they were not the right keys.

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Oct. 5, 3:38–4:27 a.m.,
2500 block of Nicollet Ave. S.

An unknown suspect stole a purse from a woman at Azia Restaurant and Bar. She left her purse on the table, and it was gone in minutes. The purse contained three credit cards, a cell phone, an iPod Touch and $300 in cash. The woman canceled her credit cards and cell phone.

Lowry Hill East

Sept. 30, 4–7 p.m.,
3000 block of Hennepin Ave. S.

A 64-year-old man approached an officer investigating a shoplifting case. He said two suspects took his black-and-white checkered stocking cap 15 minutes before. The cap was clearly visible in one of the suspect’s shopping bags, and the other suspect said it was his. The man said it was the one taken, and it was worth $20. The officer returned the cap to the man.

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Oct. 2, 1:52–2:10 p.m.,
1400 block of W. Lake St.

A man was observed hiding six packages of steaks under his coat. He walked past the cash registers and was heading out the door when loss-prevention officers stopped him. They took the steaks back, but the man refused to cooperate and police were called. The man was issued a tag and brought home.


Oct. 5, 8 p.m.–Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m., 4900 block of Oliver Ave. S.

A man entered a garage on the morning of Oct. 6 and noticed many tools missing.  The garage service door had been left open overnight. There is no suspect information or any signs of forced entry.

Stevens Square/Loring Heights

+ Oct. 3, 5–5:25 p.m.,
1800 block of Stevens Ave. S.

Four people were visiting in a 37-year-old man’s apartment when two suspects suddenly robbed the others. One of the suspects pointed a gun at the two victims and threatened them. The victims were bound, and the suspects left with several items.


Sept. 30, 3:42–3:44 p.m.,
2700 block of Nicollet Ave. S.

A suspect filled a shopping basket with groceries, mostly meat, and fled out the door. A witness and the store owner did not recognize the suspect, but could identify them if seen again. A DVD of the incident was given to officers.

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Oct. 4, 4–4:30 p.m.,
2500 block of Blaisdell Avenue South

Suspects broke into several dryers and washing machines and stole money from inside. A witness said he saw the suspects leaving the laundry room, and could identify them if seen again.


5th precinct crime-prevention contacts

Sector 1
Neighborhoods: Stevens Square-Loring Heights, Whittier, Lowry Hill East, East Isles, Lowry Hill, Kenwood, and Cedar-Isles Dean

Lieutenant: Ed Frizell, 673-2919, [email protected]

CPS: Chelsea Adams, 673-2819, [email protected]

Sector 2
Neighborhoods: Lyndale, CARAG, East Calhoun, West Calhoun, Linden Hills, East Harriet and Kingfield

Lieutenant: Jack Kelly, 673-5576, [email protected]

CPS: Tom Thompson, 673-2823, [email protected]

Sector 3
Neighborhoods: Fulton, Lynnhurst, Tangletown, Windom, Kenny, Armatage

Lieutenant: Chris Hildreth, 673-2755, [email protected]

CPS: Amy Lavender, 673-5407, [email protected]


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.

Sept. 16, 6 a.m.–7 p.m.,
3700 block of Blaisdell Avenue South
A suspect entered a 23-year-old male’s duplex by cutting the screen on a front window.  The suspect stole one item and left through the front door, leaving a sweatshirt behind.

+ Sept. 18, 9–9:02 p.m., Wentworth Avenue South
A 17-year-old teenager was robbed at gunpoint while walking a dog. The suspect stole the victim’s cell phone and fled in an unknown direction.

Linden Hills
Sept. 16, 4:08–7:10 p.m., 3800 block of Colgate Avenue
Two security cameras were stolen from a resident’s home. The incident was recorded with video and audio. There are two suspects; the first is the resident’s neighbor, the second was not known to the resident.

Loring Heights
+ Sept. 19, 7:10–7:12 p.m., 1900 block of 1st Avenue South
A suspect took $15 from a man’s hand while he was making change. The suspect fled into a nearby apartment building, though he didn’t live there.
Lowry Hill East
Sept. 16, 8 a.m.–12 p.m., 2400 Block of Hennepin Avenue South
An 85-year-old man was shopping when an unknown suspect took his wallet out of his back pants pocket.

Sept. 16, 9:14–9:19 a.m., 2400 block of Hennepin Avenue South
A suspect filled a plastic shopping bag with merchandise and left through the “In” door at a local store. The alarm sounded, and the manager followed the suspect outside. She demanded the return of the merchandise.  The suspect shouted back at her, got in a car and drove away on Hennepin Avenue South. The manager said the car almost hit her when it left. She said the suspect was alone in the car.

Sept. 17, 10:17–10:30 a.m., 1100 block of Lagoon Avenue
Two females were seen hiding baby formula and arrested for trying to leave a store without paying. They could not be cited and were booked at Hennepin County Jail for theft because they had no IDs and couldn’t speak English. More than $150 in lost merchandise was recovered.

Sept. 18, 4:15 p.m.–Sept. 19,
9 a.m., Aldrich Avenue South
A resident’s car was broken into, but the suspects were unable to steal it. The suspects destroyed the steering column, the ignition and other necessary equipment. The car is now inoperable.

Sept. 17, 11 p.m.–Sept, 18, 12:01 a.m., 700 block of Lake Street West
A 2007 Harley Davidson was taken from an underground parking garage only accessible by a card key.  There was no video surveillance taken and no signs of recent tracks in the dirt. There were no witnesses or evidence at the scene. The motorcycle was stolen approximately one month ago and was recovered in Spring Lake Park.

Sept. 22, 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m., 3600 block of 32nd Street West
Suspects pried open the door to a third-level apartment and stole several items. The victim’s car was stolen on Sept. 15. She had a set of car keys in the car when it was stolen.

Sept. 16, 10:30–10:35 a.m., 2100 block of 2nd Avenue South
A man living in an assisted living facility said he saw someone enter his room while he was gone. When the man returned, he was missing a $10 roll of quarters. He confronted the suspect, who denied any wrongdoing, and reported the incident to the office. He wants a report made to document the incident.

Sept. 22, 11:55 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Lake Street West
A 16-year-old was spotted hiding items and trying to leave without paying at a local store. Police identified the teenager and released him to his mother.

+ Sept. 22, 3:02–3:03 p.m., Intersection of 27 Street West and Grand Avenue South
Witnesses said two black males in their late teens were firing gunshots at another black teenage male. After the shots, the teenager ran south on Grand from 27th Street. The two suspects got in a van and drove north.

Sept. 22, 8:15–9:30 p.m., 200 Block of 27th Street West
A resident had left her car parked outside her house with the driver’s window open for fresh air. An unknown suspect broke into the car, took apart the ignition switch and left the lights on. The resident found the damage to the car after a neighbor told her the car lights were on.

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.

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.