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.


2120 Hennepin Ave. S. (Central Bank)
Feb. 4, 9 a.m.

An unknown suspect entered the bank and demanded that the tellers give him money, then left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The FBI said that the man — described as white, in his 20s or 30s, about 6 feet tall with a medium build, wearing a black coat with buttons on the front, a black ski mask, a dark-colored ski cap and black gloves at the time of the robbery — is also wanted in connection with the robbery of a St. Paul U.S. Bank location on Feb 9.



4900 block of Bryant Ave. S.
Feb. 7, 7:15 a.m.

Suspects broke into an apartment complex by prying open the front security door. An apartment door’s deadbolt was broken, and another apartment in the building was broken into with a pry bar. Police report that the robbery resulted in “significant loss” for the victimized tenants. The back door of the building was found locked. No tracks were found in the snow and police have no suspects at this time.



100 block of 54th St. E.
Feb. 4, 4 p.m.

Suspects entered the Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation office by prying open the door. Suspects then pried open several file cabinets within the office. Reports did not confirm any stolen items.

5317 Lyndale Ave. S. (Subway)
Feb. 4, 9 p.m.

+ A suspect robbed a restaurant employee at gunpoint and made off with about $140 in cash.



10 block of W. Lake St. (Kmart)
Feb. 2, 4:30 p.m.

Store security noticed three young men stuffing items inside clothing and exiting the building without paying. The three were detained and items were recovered.

2600 block of Nicollet Ave. S.
Feb. 2, 3 p.m.

+ A 60-year-old woman had her purse snatched while she was walking down the west side of Nicollet Avenue. The suspect then fled the scene down 26th Ave. W. The force of the snatching caused the woman to fall on the sidewalk, slightly injuring her. Paramedics treated her on scene.



2601 Emerson Ave. S.
Feb. 2, 8:30 p.m.

A 27-year-old man paid $1,000 to rent a room at a residential property, only to be informed by the property owner that the man he paid for the room wasn’t authorized to make such transactions. The property owner’s attempts to contact the suspect via cell phone were unsuccessful.



3800 block of Nicollet Ave. S.

An unknown suspect broke into a woman’s car and stole her laptop computer.

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.


36th Street & Nicollet Avenue South
Jan. 19, 8 p.m.

Three men followed a 21-year-old man around the block, eventually stopping him. They told the victim to hand over anything he had in his pockets and patted him down. A wallet with $140 inside was stolen.



3400 block of Dupont Ave. S.
Jan. 18, 11 p.m.

+ A 30-year-old female was robbed at gunpoint by a suspect wearing a ski mask. A purse and cell phone were stolen. An arrest was made in connection with this incident on Jan. 31.

SuperAmerica, 801 W. Lake St.
Jan. 24, 10:30 p.m.

While on patrol, an officer responded to two males who appeared to be fighting near the intersection of Lake and Lyndale. A 21-year-old man chased a 36-year-old man after the former witnessed the latter steal a carton of cigarettes from SuperAmerica, and caught him at the intersection. The 36-year-old man was arrested for misdemeanor theft.



1800 block of 2nd Ave. S.
Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m.

+ A 21-year-old man told police that he was approached on the street by a man who made verbal threats on his life and displayed a large hunting knife before leaving in a vehicle with an unknown male. Approximately an hour and a half later, the suspect returned and assaulted the victim. The victim told police that the suspect attempted to stab him, but only managed to cut his jacket. Following the assault the suspect fled on foot.

Net Supermarket, 1845 Nicollet Ave. S.
The early morning of Jan. 21

An employee called police to report that overnight, someone had removed a large glass window to gain entry. The burglar stole numerous cartons of cigarettes and a case of new baseball hats. The store’s alarm system was not activated during the burglary.

1906 1st Ave. S. Jan. 22, 4 p.m.
A 30-year-old man parked and locked his vehicle in front of his apartment building, then accidentally left his keys in the apartment door. Hours later he discovered that his vehicle had disappeared. The apartment caretaker checked footage from a surveillance camera, which revealed that the car was stolen by another tenant in the building. The caretaker told police that he would make a copy of the tape for their use.



2200 block of Garfield Ave. S.
Jan. 24, 1 p.m.

A 51-year-old man told police that an acquaintance of his drove past him while he was walking down the street, yelling and insulting him while doing so. The victim told police that the suspect drove around the block, re-approached, then gunned his vehicle in an unsuccessful attempt to run him over before fleeing the scene.

28th Street and Pillsbury Avenue South
Jan. 23, 8:30 p.m.

Officers were dispatched following a report of a suspicious vehicle in the intersection. Police found a vehicle stuck in a snow bank. The driver had apparently left the vehicle in reverse and walked away. Police discovered that the vehicle was listed as stolen, and it was then towed to the impound lot.



Humboldt Avenue South and The Mall
Jan. 18, 12:30 p.m.
A 24-year-old woman parked her car near Hennepin and went to the Walker Library. When she returned to her vehicle, she discovered that the passenger window was smashed and a GPS unit stolen from inside the center console.

Humboldt Avenue South and The Mall
Jan. 20, 9 a.m.

A 60-year-old man told police that he parked his vehicle near Hennepin, then took the bus to the University of Minnesota. When he returned to his vehicle, he discovered that the passenger window had been smashed and his car stereo stolen.