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.

Three hospitalized following Whittier fire 

Careless smoking caused a fire in the Whittier neighborhood Nov. 16 that sent three victims to the Hennepin County Medical Center, according to the Minneapolis Fire Department. 

Firefighters arrived at 6:10 a.m. only to find a duplex at 2204/2206 Garfield Ave. was already engulfed in flames that had reached the attic, according to a Fire Department press release. 

Firefighters had to evacuate the structure shortly after entering it because the fire was so extensive and porches were collapsing. 

In all, 40 firefighters battled the blaze. None of them were injured. 

According to the Department, fire responses are up 19 percent this year compared to 2009. Officials are reminding residents to properly dispose of cigarettes, be careful with candles, cooking, and space heaters. Most importantly, residents should make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and have fresh batteries. 


Nov. 9, 12:15 a.m. W. 31st Street and Girard Avenue 

A 26-year-old man said he parked his motorcycle on the southeast corner of 31st and Girard. When he returned 90 minutes later, his motorcycle was gone. The man said he lost his keys somewhere between the intersection and Calhoun Square. The man said he recently bought the motorcycle, and therefore it did not have license plates. The motorcycle was a white Suzuki GSXR 600 with a Hitchin Post advertisement on the back. 




+ Nov. 15, 7:45 p.m. 

1433 W. Lake St. 

A suspect in a ski mask demanded money from an employee at American Apparel. The suspect left the store with an unknown amount of cash before police arrived.




Nov. 11, 2 a.m. 

2819 Hennepin Ave. 

An unknown suspect or suspects broke into the back door of Mt. Fuji Restaurant. Two cash registers had been pried open. Police did not know how much money was taken.

Nov. 9, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

2808 Aldrich Ave.

A townhouse was burglarized by an unknown suspect. 


Nov. 12, noon to 6 p.m. 

3605 Pleasant Ave. 

An unknown suspect entered a home through an open window and took $10 and a bicycle from the living room. Officers canvassed the area but did not find anything. 

Nov. 15, 10:45 a.m. 

3727 Blaisdell Ave. 

A police officer discovered that a home had been burglarized. The owner was notified and neighbors who canvassed the area found nothing. The only known loss was an interior door window. 


+ Nov. 15, 3:30 p.m. 

47th Street East and 

Nicollet Avenue South

A 17-year-old boy hit a 16-year-old boy the face with a crow bar. The suspect fled the scene in an older model green sedan. The victim was taken to the hospital. Police arrested the 17-year-old boy four days later and charged him with a felony for assault with a deadly weapon.

Nov. 9, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

4634 Wentworth Ave. S. 

An unknown suspect broke into a home and took property valued at $2,250. 


+ Nov. 9, 5 p.m. 27th Street East and 3rd Avenue South

An unknown suspect accosted a 26-year-old woman and took her cell phone. 

+ Nov. 13, 10 a.m. 

2 27th St. E. 

An unknown suspect kicked in the rear door of Citywide Wireless, a new business that opened Nov. 1.

+ Nov. 14, 9 a.m. 

2109 Nicollet Ave. S. 

An unknown suspect pried open the back door of M&M Grocery Store and smashed the cash register inside. There was no money in the register. The suspect may have been caught on a security camera. 

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.


+ Nov. 1, 3:15 a.m. 4610 Bryant Ave. S.
A fight between two male roommates ended with one receiving multiple stitches to the head and face. The 27-year-old victim was sent to the hospital to receive medical treatment. Further investigation is pending as to what caused the fight.


Oct. 28, 10 p.m. 4264 Upton Ave. S.
Famous Dave’s reported that their catering grill and sandwich prep table was stolen. It was sealed with a lock and cable that were both cut. According to the report, the cook said a couple people were asking about the equipment a day earlier and were driving a red pick up truck.


+ Oct. 30, 7:20 p.m. 3044 Pleasant Ave. S.
An argument occurred between two males and one female. As the argument escalated, the 26-year-old male pulled out a knife and slashed the 25-year-old female in the neck and the other 30-year-old male in the face. Both victims sought medical attention at a nearby hospital.

+ Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. West 33rd Street & Pillsbury Avenue South
A call was made from the business Associated Clinic of Psychology and a woman stated that her client wanted to report a robbery that had taken place outside of the building. The 58-year-old female victim stated that she was walking by a bus stop when two unknown white males ran up behind her and grabbed her bag with $400 in it.


Oct. 29, 3:00 p.m. Intersection of West 53rd Street and Irving Avenue South
A 67-year-old female stated that her car was stolen when it was parked at the intersection. She said that she drove around for several hours before reporting it to the police and that she had the only set of keys to the car.


+ Oct. 28, 12:51 a.m. East 18th Street and Nicollet Avenue South
An 18-year-old female was arrested for two stabbings. One victim was a 37-year-old male and the other a 45-year-old male. She is being charged with a third degree felony assault.

+ Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m. 1912 3rd Ave. S.
A 21-year-old female was robbed at gunpoint in her apartment. The unknown suspect took some belongings and quickly fled the scene. She called 911 right after.

+ Nov. 1, 8:39 p.m. 1900 1st Ave. S.
A 29-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint. She stated that two unknown black males took her purse and fled the scene.


Oct. 26, 10:00 a.m. 4217 Garfield Ave. S.
An unknown suspect entered a garage and took miscellaneous items from the owners.

Oct. 30, 8:15 p.m. 5144 Harriet Ave. S.
A similar garage burglary occurred. According to the report, the unknown suspect entered and took items from the cars parked inside.


Oct. 27, 8:00 a.m. 2711 1st Ave. S.

A home was broken into through a second story glass door off of a deck. The 41-year-old female came home and noticed that a few of her things were missing. According to the report, the unknown suspect exited the house through an open garage door.

+ Oct. 30, 2:25 a.m. West 29th Street
Officers arrived at the scene and could not find the victim that had called into the station. As they searched the premises, officers found a 31-year-old male in rough shape. According to the report, officers stated that the victim’s upper lip was torn wide open, had missing teeth and a bloody mouth.

Nov. 1, 4:00 p.m. 429 W. Lake St.
Hmong Toj Siab Auto Sales, a used car business, reported that one of their sales employees was showing a vehicle when a man grabbed the keys and fled the lot. A 55-year-old male was apprehended for the auto-theft.


Oct. 27, 3:30 p.m. 6010 Lyndale Ave. S.
A citizen’s arrest occurred at Bachman’s. An employee apprehended a 71-year-old male that was shoplifting items that totaled less than $500.

Crime reports

Editor’s note: Alleged crimes against persons (assault, murder, robbery) 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. 14, 5 p.m. 3332 Dupont Ave.
A 32-year-old man reported his vehicle was stolen. He had parked it in the northbound lane of Dupont Avenue. The man had the keys when the vehicle was taken.

+ Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m. 3444 Pleasant Ave.
Police received a call from a man who said two drunken men were fighting inside a residence. He said one man had a cut to his face and would need medical attention.

When officers arrived they found the two men, ages 28 and 29, alone in the residence. They were sitting next to each other on a white leather couch. The couch was littered with broken glass and smeared with blood. The first man was leaned over to the right, passed out. The second was sleeping with his head in the first man’s lap.

When officers awoke the men, they were in a drunken stupor, weren’t making any sense and couldn’t say what had happened.

The second man had a knot on his forehead and two cuts on his face. He was taken in an ambulance to the hospital.

The caller — a passerby — called from a cell phone. He did not answer return calls from the police.



Oct. 14, 2 p.m. 3700 block of Bryant Avenue South
A 94-year-old woman said an unknown suspect took her purse from her apartment.



Oct. 12, 1 a.m., 36th Street West and Hennepin Avenue South
A 26-year-old woman said she parked her vehicle overnight on Oct. 12. When she returned to it at 8 a.m. the next morning someone had broken into the vehicle and taken her credit card. It was used twice at a gas station before being declined on the third attempt.

Oct. 15, 12:15 p.m. 1433 W. Lake St.
The assistant manager of Ragstock said that after helping a customer try on two pairs of jeans, the customer took the jeans and fled the store. The assistant manager recorded the license plate of the denim thief.



Oct. 13, 3:15 a.m. 301 Lake St. W.
An unknown suspect smashed a window of Uptown Pawn. Police obtained video footage. The incident is under investigation.



Oct. 12, 6 p.m. 2105 Irving Ave. S.
A 44-year-old woman said her bicycle was taken from her detached garage. She said the door to the garage was unlocked.



Oct. 15, 7:15 p.m. 19th Street East and Nicollet Avenue South
An unknown suspect, driving a vehicle with Minnesota license plate number 440-CCE, intentionally hit the bicycle that a 30-year-old man was riding. The suspect drove away without stopping. The incident is under investigation.



Oct. 13, 8:15 a.m. 201 W. 49th St.

A 15-year-old girl at Washburn High School said she was walking up a stairwell when someone took something from her backpack. No one witnessed the incident.

Oct. 18, 2:45 p.m. 315 W. 46th St.
An officer responded to a burglary at Germaine Insurance. The front door of the business had been kicked in and a filing cabinet taken. The case is under investigation.



+ Oct. 14, 10:30 p.m. 2nd Avenue South and 22nd Street East

A 46-year-old man told police he was visiting a friend when unknown suspects robbed him. The man refused medical treatment.

+ Oct. 17, 4:30 a.m. 2625 Stevens Ave. S.
A 39-year-old man said his neighbor put his hand in his jacket, pretending to hold a weapon, and demanded the victim drop his cell phone and walk away. The suspect took the phone and fled with his friend. The victim was not injured.