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.
+ April 28, 1 a.m., 32nd Street West and Bryant Avenue South
A man robbed two people on their first date at gunpoint. The man pulled out a .38 caliber gun and demanded money from them, so one victim gave him his credit cards and a false PIN number. The suspect then fled going south on Aldrich Avenue.
May 4., 3:30 a.m., 3000 block of Lyndale Avenue South
Three men driving a stolen vehicle were pulled over and arrested. The first arrestee was booked for auto theft, the second for a warrant. The third arrestee was cited for motor vehicle tampering, then released.
May 2., between 2:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., 1000 block of West 36th Street
A suspect entered a house through an unlocked door. Belongings were taken from an office desk. The victim’s car keys and car, Minnesota license plate number UXN 128, were also stolen.
Between 12:30 p.m. on May 1 and 1:15 p.m. on May 2, 1700 block of West 61st Street
A 31-year-old man was the victim of identity fraud and harassment online. A suspect obtained the man’s picture, then told him he had posted it on craigslist.com under the “missed connections” category, a place for people “looking to reconnect.” The suspect also created an e-mail containing the man’s name in the address and verbally harassed him via e-mail.
April 30, between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m., 3400 Blaisdell Avenue South
A suspect smashed a window, broke into a 44-year-old man’s home and stole a laptop. The laptop was sitting on a desk visible from the window.
May 4., 12 p.m., 10 Lake Street West
A man was cited for theft after being observed on security cameras at Kmart. The man attempted to steal $215 worth of video games by taking the games out of their boxes, then placing the empty containers back on the shelves.
May 1., 12:30 a.m., 34 Street West and Lyndale Avenue South
Officers responded to a report of assault. When they arrived, they found a man with a cut over his eye. The man said he was robbed. He was taken to HCMC by ambulance.
Between 7 p.m. May 1 and 6 p.m. May 2, 600 block of 54 Street West
Sometime during the night an unknown suspect climbed a fence to enter an outside storage area of a 60-year-old man’s house. Once inside the storage area, the suspect found a commercial-size air conditioner on the ground. The suspect broke parts off of the air conditioner that contained copper and aluminum and left with them.
April 29, 11:30 p.m., 2700 block of Stevens Avenue South
Two suspects saying they had guns demanded money from two men on the street. A pack of cigarettes and a wallet were stolen and the suspects hit both victims in the face. The suspects fled on mountain bikes going north on Stevens Avenue.
May 4, 8 p.m., 30 Lake Street West
A suspect entered Sullivan’s Supervalu, took items and left without paying. When an employee confronted the suspect, the suspect took out a knife, threatened him, and fled.
May 1., 1:15 a.m., 1 Franklin Avenue West
A 42-year-old man threatened a 23-year-old man with a knife. The 42-year-old was later apprehended by police and booked into Hennepin County Jail for second-degree assault.
April 28, 8 p.m., 5900 block of Nicollet Avenue South
An employee at Cub Foods caught another employee stealing four cans of beer and drinking them on the job. The man was issued a citizens arrest form and a citation for theft.