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.


Dec. 10, 8:35 p.m.
5400 block of Vincent Avenue South

Two male suspects pulled a 77-year-old woman from her car and stole the vehicle. The woman was confronted upon returning to her car after exiting briefly to open the garage door in her alley driveway. No weapons were used.


Dec. 11, 12:30–8 a.m.

3100 block of Dupont Avenue South

A 28-year-old man left his locked car parked in the street. Unknown suspects stole the car during the night. There was no evidence at the scene. The car had approximately $2,000 worth of hockey equipment and $3,000 worth of tools inside when stolen.


Dec. 15, 12 a.m.

5300 block of Beard Avenue South

An 86-year-old man got a phone call from a man pretending to be his grandson. The caller said he was in a car accident and needed money to give to the people he hit. The man sent a Money Gram to Montreal for $5,304. He later discovered his grandson was in Minnesota. He tried to stop the Money Gram, but someone already picked it up.


+ Dec. 14, 12:45–12:50 a.m.

Intersection of 38th Street West & Pleasant Avenue South

A 17-year-old boy was walking home from a bus stop when two suspects approached him in a black Nissan Sedan. One man got out of the car and pointed a gun at him. He ordered the boy to give him money. The man checked the boy’s pockets for money, and took the cell phone out of the boy’s front pocket. When he noticed the boy did not have any money on him, he returned the cell phone. The man got back in the car and fled down Pleasant Avenue South. The boy was not harmed, and the suspect did not take anything.

Linden Hills

Dec. 13, 3:45–6:30 p.m.

4400 block of France Avenue South

A cashier at the Marathon Kath Gas Station received several phone calls at work from a suspect posing as a corporate manager. The man said he was doing follow-up on issues with phone cards. After several different calls to the cashier, the suspect had swindled the business.


+ Dec. 14, 12:05–12:08 p.m.

Intersection of 33rd Street East &
Nicollet Avenue South

An armed suspect approached a 31-year-old man who was sitting in his car. The suspect hit the man in the mouth with his gun and tried to steal his wallet. The suspect fled on foot before stealing anything.

Stevens Square/Loring Heights

Dec. 15, 2:01 p.m.

1700 block of Hennepin Avenue South

The vice president of operations at Wolfgang Puck terminated an employee on Dec. 15. The employee said he turned in all property, and he was given his final paycheck. The employee left. The vice president later discovered none of the property had been turned in and said the business would press charges if necessary.


Dec. 13, 3:15–3:40 a.m.

5300 block of Nicollet Avenue South

A theft at Tangletown Garden Center was witnessed by a man inside a Hennepin County Medical Center ambulance. The suspect took off in a vehicle, driving erratically. An officer stopped and arrested the suspect on five counts, including driving while intoxicated and other theft. Officers booked the suspect at Hennepin County Jail.

West Calhoun

Dec. 14, 12–8 a.m.

3900 block of York Avenue South

The holiday lights were stolen from a 63-year-old man’s front yard. He had put the lights up in a bush. A decorative owl was also stolen from the front yard.


Dec. 10, 3–3:07 p.m.

3000 block of Nicollet Avenue South

A Radio Shack was crowded with customers. The suspect distracted an employee while two others broke a lock and stole items from a display case at the back of the store. The suspects left. The employee noticed the theft and went outside. He saw the suspects driving away on Lake Street.

Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.–Dec. 11, 8:55 a.m.

2600 block of Garfield Avenue South

An unknown suspect pried open a locked service door to a garage and took a Craftsman air compressor. There was no suspect information or physical evidence at the scene.

+ Dec. 10, 8:50–9:08 p.m.

2700 block of Grand Avenue South

A man stabbed a 44-year-old man with a fork and knife. The victim suffered minor injuries to the back of his neck and abdomen. Police arrested the man, and an ambulance brought the victim to the Hennepin County Medical Center.

Dec. 15, 8:43–8:45 p.m.

2500 block of Lyndale Avenue South

An armed suspect pushed open a 26-year-old man’s door as the man opened it. The suspect demanded the man’s "stuff." The man gave the suspect a bag full of green tea. The suspect fled on foot through a rear alley before officers arrived.

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.


Nov. 16, 12 a.m.–6 p.m.

5800 block of Washburn Avenue South

An unknown suspect stole items from a 48-year-old man’s basement freezer. The man lives in a duplex where the basement is open to all residents. The lock on the freezer was damaged, as were the locks on a basement door. Nothing else appeared to be missing or out of place. There were no fingerprints or suspect information.

Linden Hills

Nov. 13, 12 p.m.–Nov. 14, 1 p.m.,

4700 block of Zenith Avenue South

An 84-year-old woman got a phone call from a suspect pretending to be her granddaughter. She said she was in Canada, and she and her friends overspent their money. She asked for $2,500, which the woman sent to Western Union. She later called her granddaughter at school and discovered she was not in Canada. She called Western Union, but the money had already been picked up.


+ Nov. 15, 6:41–6:42 p.m.

3500 block of Nicollet Avenue South

A suspect walked into a U-Haul wearing a mask and pointed a gun at two men. The suspect demanded money and after taking it, left in an unknown direction. The suspect was wearing gloves.

Stevens Square/Loring Heights

Nov. 12, 8 a.m.–10:30 p.m.

2100 block of Pleasant Avenue South

Three burglaries occurred at an apartment complex on Nov. 12. There were no signs of forced entry in all three cases, and management believed someone had a copy of the master key. All three residents reported losses of personal possessions such as CDs and alcohol from refrigerators. All the locks on the apartments were replaced the next day.

Nov. 15, 5:15–5:52 p.m.

1900 block of Lyndale Avenue South

A suspect got a tattoo, but his credit card was declined when he attempted to pay. He told the owner a friend was coming to bring cash. The owner stepped out of the store for a short time. When he returned, the suspect had left. The owner tried to call the suspect on his cell phone, but he got the suspect’s voicemail.


Nov. 15, 3:30 a.m.–Nov. 16, 6:40 a.m.

100 block of Diamond Lake Road East

One or more unknown suspects entered a church through a partially open crank-out window. There was no property taken.


Nov. 11, 3:33 p.m.

2800 block of Grand Avenue South

A 27-year-old man parked his car outside the Corner Store. He left it running when he went into the store. When he came back two minutes later, the car was gone. An unknown suspect left a bike lying on the sidewalk where the car was parked. There was no suspect information. Police inventoried the bike.

Nov. 13, 3–4:15 p.m.

2000 block of Blaisdell Avenue South

A suspect entered the rear office area of a doctor’s office/clinic. The suspect took a business laptop, carrying case and a cell phone. They left behind their outpatient medication form on a small refrigerator in the back office where they took the items.

Nov. 14, 3:41-3:43 p.m.

2000 block of Nicollet Avenue South

A 55-year-old man picked up a suspect from 15th & Nicollet. They went to a nearby liquor store. The man left the car running when he went inside, and left the suspect in the passenger seat. When the man came back 10 minutes later, he saw the suspect driving north on Nicollet. He described the suspect as an Indian male, 6 feet 2 inches with long black hair. He did not know the suspect, but saw him once three months ago. The man walked to his home five blocks away and called the police.

+ Nov. 15, 12:33–12:50 p.m.

2600 block of Nicollet Avenue South

A man dressed as a woman entered Jessica’s Bridal Shop pretending to be a customer. He wore a hip-length black hooded jacket, a red T-shirt, blue jeans, and a wig. He hid a red dress inside his jacket, and was confronted by the storeowners. A struggle ensued, and the owners managed to retrieve the dress. The man then sprayed them in the face with a chemical irritant, and fled out the rear door. He grabbed a customer’s purple and yellow floral full-length dress on his way out.


Nov. 12, 3:25 p.m.–Nov. 13, 7:40 a.m.

200 block of 62nd Street West

Unknown suspects entered an apartment through an unlocked patio door. They spent the night and took property without consent.

Nov. 13, 1–11:33 p.m.

6100 block of Nicollet Avenue South

A 22-year-old woman returned home to find her front door unlocked. Several items were taken from her residence, including two TVs, two DVD players, a VCR, and a desktop computer with speakers, keyboard, monitor, and tower. She left at around 11 that morning, and a renovation crew was there until 1 p.m. They were supposed to lock up when they left. There appeared to be no forced entry, and neighbors did not see or hear anything. The woman doesn’t know who could have taken the possessions. There was no usable evidence or suspect information.

Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.–Nov. 16, 12:01 a.m.,

5700 block of Pillsbury Avenue South

A man and woman left their house at 7:30 p.m. to go out to dinner. While they were gone, someone broke into the house. They returned to find the front door frame damaged and the back door kicked in and left open. A large flat-screen TV and two laptops were taken from the living room. Nothing else appeared to be missing, and the woman said it did not appear that the suspect entered other rooms in the house. There was a large black dog inside the whole time, but the dog is friendly.


5th precinct crime-prevention contacts

Sector 1
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]