Arrest tied to violent Uptown robberies

Minneapolis Police on Wednesday arrested a 19-year-old man they say is linked to a string of robbery cases in the Uptown area.

Michael Alex Dean Boyce was booked into Hennepin County Jail on pending charges of aggravated robbery and remained in custody Thursday morning. He was arrested at his residence on the 3700 block of Stevens Avenue South.

Police said Boyce was linked to an April 28 aggravated robbery at about 11:45 p.m. near the address 2628 Colfax Ave. S. in the Wedge neighborhood. In that incident, a man walking alone was chased by two other men, “punched, knocked to the ground, kicked unconscious” and then robbed, according to a police press release.

Charges against Boyce were under consideration by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, police reported.

Police said Boyce was tied to a series of similarly violent robberies in the Uptown area that have occurred in recent weeks. They are not releasing his mug shot so as not to jeopardize ongoing investigations, they reported.

Those with information on the crimes were encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or text TIP674 plus any information to 274637 (CRIMES) or visit the crimestoppersmn.org and click on the “Submit a Web Tip” tab. A reward is offered for information leading to an arrest.

(Note that an earlier version of this story listed the suspect’s age as 29. Police issued a corrected press release later Thursday with a revised birthdate.)