Crime reports

Editor’s note: Alleged crimes against persons (assault, 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.

CARAG

+ Feb. 4, 7 p.m., 3019 Pleasant Ave. S.
Officers were dispatched to a report of an aggravated robbery. The suspects fled the scene but were later booked at Hennepin County Jail after the victim identified them.

———

EAST ISLES

Feb. 3, between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., 2650 Hennepin Ave. S.
After having dinner, a woman returned to the lot where she parked her car to find her vehicle gone. She said that she was the only person with the keys to that car. The security tape for the lot turned up no useful information.

———

FULTON

Feb. 4, from 5:30 p.m.–6 p.m., 3212 50 St. W.
A man selling firewood swindled a woman after selling her a quarter cord of wood when he said he was selling her a “fireplace cord of red oak wood.” When the woman’s husband returned home, he discovered she had been swindled. The woman said the man had aggressively made his way into her home and pressured her to buy the wood for $100.  

———

KINGFIELD

Feb. 3, between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., 4257 Nicollet Ave. S.
Suspect(s) entered through the rear door of the Corner Table, went to the basement and stole wallets from personal clothing kept in the office and adjacent storeroom. The two victims of the theft reported that the suspect(s) used their credit cards before the victims were able to cancel them.

+ Feb. 3, from 11:20 p.m.–11:25 p.m., intersection of 40th Street East and Nicollet Avenue South
An unknown male and an unknown female verbally threatened and robbed a 61-year-old male of $30 at knifepoint. The suspects fled northbound on Nicollet in a maroon Chevy Malibu.

———

LINDEN HILLS

Between 5 p.m. Feb. 6 to 8 a.m. Feb. 8, 3908 Beard Ave. S.
Tools were stolen from a model home under construction. A worker returned to the site after the weekend and noticed the rear lower-level doorframe was split as though it had been shouldered.

———

LOWRY HILL EAST

Feb. 8, between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., 2610 Lyndale Ave. S.
After dining inside French Meadow Bakery, a 31-year-old male returned to his car and found that someone smashed the rear window and stole his personal bag. Employees of the restaurant said that incidents like that have been happening recently and that they have readjusted a security camera to capture suspects. They speculated that a car pulls up, breaks the window to take valuables and drives off.

———

LYNDALE

Feb. 3, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., 2002 Garfield Ave. S.
A caretaker called a 19-year-old female tenant to tell her that the window to her ground-level apartment was wide open. The tenant returned to the apartment to find the screen had been torn off the window of her ground-level apartment and that her laptop was gone. There were no other losses.

———

WHITTIER

+ Feb. 4, 10:51 p.m., 2725 Pleasant Ave. S.
Two men approached a 17-year-old male and robbed him of $4. The first suspect in the strong-arm robbery was described as being a 15-year-old who is 5 feet 8 inches tall with a muscular build and shaved head. He was wearing a black baseball hat and red sweater. The second suspect was believed to be the father of the first suspect. He was described as being a skinny, 5 feet 4 inches tall male in his 30s.

+ Feb. 7, from 12:50 a.m.–1 a.m., intersection of 22nd Street West and Pillsbury Avenue South
A man approached a 27-year-old woman after she parked her car. He pointed a handgun at her and demnded her purse and car keys. She complied. A second person got in the passenger side of the car before the suspects fled northbound.

Crime reports

Editor’s note: Alleged crimes against persons (assault, 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.

CARAG
+ Jan. 26, 8:20 p.m., 3200 Emerson Ave. S.
Officers were dispatched to a report of a robbery at gunpoint. The victim was a 26-year-old man and two suspects, who fled in a car, were involved. Police thought the robbery might be related to several others that have been reported recently in the area.

EAST ISLES

Jan. 30, between 3:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., W. Lake St. and East Calhoun Pkwy.
A woman parked her car to take a walk around Lake Calhoun and returned to find a window smashed in and her purse missing. She cancelled her cards, but the suspect used one of them. Her purse was later found near Lake Street and Lyndale Avenue. The woman’s checks and wallet were there, but the credit cards and $40 in cash were gone.    

KINGFIELD

+ Jan. 30, 3 a.m., 42nd St. W. & Blaisdell Ave. S.
A 20-year-old man was assaulted and robbed while walking home after a friend dropped him off nearby. Two unarmed suspects approached him from behind, punched him in the back of the head then again on the right side of his face, bringing him to the ground. The suspects then demanded his clothing and all that he had. After giving the suspects undisclosed items, the man ran home and went to bed. He filed a police report in the morning and declined medical treatment for a swollen right cheek and red eye. He said he could identify one of the suspects if he saw him again.   

+ Jan. 30, 7 a.m., 33 38th St. W.
A 23-year-old man was attacked and robbed by two of three suspects he knew “third-hand.” The suspects took his wallet, iPod, hat, gloves and a set of keys.

LOWRY HILL EAST

+ Jan. 30, 1:30 a.m., 1300 Lagoon Ave.
Approximately five men assaulted a 26-year-old man and fled. The victim’s nose was swollen and bleeding and he thought his nose was broken. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.

LYNDALE

Jan. 30, 3556 Nicollet Ave. S., 4:15 a.m.
Officers were dispatched to Spectrum Staffing on an alarm call. When they arrived, they found a door forced open on the east side of the building and several filing cabinets and desks that appeared to be rummaged through. Police were unable to contact anyone from the business, so no losses were known. Photos were taken and the building was boarded.

Jan. 31, between midnight and 9:30 a.m., 3501 Nicollet Ave.
The phone line to El Paraiso restaurant was cut and employees noticed a small vent hole in the bottom of a south emergency exit door was uncovered and pried at. No entry appeared to be made and nothing was missing from the business.

Jan. 24, 11:48 p.m., 3001 Lyndale Ave. S.
A man upset about the Minnesota Vikings’ loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game stormed out of Sauce Spirits and Soundbar and smashed a window with his fist. Police were called and the man was arrested and booked in Hennepin County Jail. He was released Jan. 26 and has since paid for the window. The bar’s owner said he did not plan to press charges.


WHITTIER

Jan. 29, 6:10 a.m., 2719 Nicollet Ave.
Suspects entered Quang Restaurant through a south facing glass front door and stole cash from the registers, a plasma TV and a small, broken gumball machine.