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.


+ March 7, 10:20 p.m., 31st St. W. and Girard Ave. S.

Two women, both 24, were robbed at knifepoint. The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived.


+ March 3, 2 p.m., 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.

An 83-year-old woman was assaulted with a cane. The police report recommended further investigation.

March 4, 10 p.m., 2913 Drew Ave. S.

The suspect forced open the service door of a detached garage, damaging the door and lock. The suspect then made off with three unopened ceiling fans.


March 5, 1 a.m., 3812 Chowen Ave. S.

Suspects broke into a detached garage through a service door, possibly by prying a lock. They rummaged through the vehicles inside, taking some items. The homeowner was in the house and awake and might have scared the suspects away.

March 6, between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m., 3539 44th St. W.

Burglars tried to enter Beaumont Quality Tools by pulling on a locked rear screen door, but the handle broke off. They also tried to get in by breaking a window in the front door. They eventually succeeded by kicking in the front door. They took nothing and left out the back door. The business was armed with an alarm.

March 7, between 6:30 a.m. and 6:55 a.m., 3543 44th St. W.

A cinder block was thrown through the glass window in the front door of Healthy Indoor Air. Candy was the only thing taken from the business. Two adjacent businesses were also broken into.


+ March 7, 2 a.m., 3720 32nd St. W.

The suspect yanked a bag off a 26-year-old woman’s shoulder and fled in a vehicle before officers arrived.

March 8, between 9 a.m. and noon, 2809 Dupont Ave. S.

A 36-year-old man’s car was stolen after someone entered an unlocked door and took his car keys.


March 4, 4:30 p.m., 5111 Knox Ave. S.

A 52-year-old woman left the overhead door of her attached garage open while walking her dog around the block. When she returned, her dog started barking and she noticed the door leading from the garage into the house was open. She had closed it earlier, but she didn’t lock it. Inside the house, she found the contents of her purse strewn about the kitchen and some items from her coin purse were missing. Officers canvassed the area, but the suspect wasn’t found.  


March 7, 8 p.m.,
2101 Garfield Ave. S.

The suspect broke into an apartment laundry room and pried open two of the coin-operated washing machines. The suspect took the quarters and fled. Police checked the machines for fingerprints, but found nothing.

March 8, between 7:30 p.m. and 10:20 a.m., 2724 Nicollet Ave. S.

A front window and a window in the front door of Le’s Beauty Salon were shattered and a flat-screen TV was stolen. No fingerprint evidence was recovered.


March 5, 1 a.m., address unavailable

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Officers responded to a shots-fired call. When they arrived, the victim’s patio door was shattered and numerous bullet holes were in the walls. A 21-year-old man was arrested hours later.

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 Crime information there may be more comprehensive but less timely. 

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

+ Feb. 20, between 4:30 p.m. and 4:35 p.m., 2400 S. Hennepin Ave.

A suspect robbed Sudz Salon employees with a gun, and then robbed a 57-year-old woman from Golden Valley. The suspect fled away on foot.


Feb. 18, between 6:55 p.m. and 6:58 p.m., 4747 S. Lyndale Ave.

A 100-year-old Columbia Heights man said an unknown man walked into Knox Presbyterian Church asking to use a cell phone. After telling the man he did not have any minutes on his phone, the suspect walked away. Later, the man said he heard noises coming from the church’s library and he went to see what it was. He told police he saw the suspect with something under his coat and went to get other church members. When they returned to the library the group noticed a computer monitor missing.


+ Feb. 23, 6:36 p.m.,
2011 S. 3rd Ave.

A 41-year-old Minneapolis woman was assaulted and robbed in front of her apartment building. She said the suspect fled with her purse. The victim refused medical attention.


Feb. 17, between 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., 3018 W. 50th St.

Two men walked into Shop in the City and stole money from the cash register. One suspect distracted an employee while the other man opened the register. An officer was unable to recover fingerprints at the scene.

Lowry Hill East

Feb. 23, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., intersection of West 26th Street and South Lyndale Avenue

A 33-year-old man said his car window was shattered while he was inside the Bulldog bar. He told police his laptop was missing.

Lowry Hill East

Feb. 17, between 1:50 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., intersection of West 26th Street and South Lyndale Avenue

A car window was smashed in the French Meadow parking lot while the owner, a 28-year-old woman, bought food. She said her laptop bag was stolen.

Stevens Square/Loring Heights

Feb. 18, 6:37 p.m., 1905 S. Stevens Ave.

A 25-year-old man told police he came home after work and found the front door of his apartment kicked in. He said some items were missing from the apartment.


Feb. 18, between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., 709 W. Lake St.

A man broke into World of Wireless after the store had closed. Security video showed the man hid in the basement until the store was closed. He then went into the office before leaving the store. No loss was reported.


Feb. 17, between 3:11 a.m. and 3:13 a.m., 3148 S. 1st Avenue

An officer heard gun fire coming from 1st Avenue. When he checked out the noise he found a 19-year-old man walking away from the area. The officer said the man did not want to report the gun fire. The man was later transported out of the area. No bullet casings were found.


Feb. 19-20, between 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 3:00 p.m. on Feb. 20, 4227 S. Nicollet Ave.

A 29-year-old man told police he found a window open in his apartment and his digital camera missing. The man also told police he had many items of value inside the apartment. Police found the suspect used a patio chair to climb through an unlocked window.


Feb. 22, between 3:30 p.m. and 3:37 p.m., 1433 W. Lake St.

Two track jackets were stolen from American Apparel on Lake Street. A clerk told police she watched a man look at the track jackets before he left. When she walked over to the jackets she noticed two jackets were missing. She told police she would be able to identify the suspect.


Feb. 21-22, between 8:00 p.m. on Feb. 21 and 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2436 S. Stevens Ave.

A 30-year-old woman reported her car was stolen. She also told police there was no glass found at the scene.

Lowry Hill East

+ Feb. 22, 11:13 p.m.,
intersection of West 28th Street
and South Dupont Avenue

A 43-year-old man told police he was the victim of an attempted robbery at the corner of West 28th Street and South Dupont Avenue. He said he lost nothing and was not injured.

Linden Hills

+ Feb. 23, between 1:05 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., 3414 W. 47th St.

A young woman was threatened by a juvenile with a butcher knife.

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: Dave Hayhoe, 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]