Reward offered for info about string of Uptown robberies

Crime Stoppers of Minnesota is offering a $1,000 reward for information that could help police determine who’s responsible for a recent string of assaults/robberies in Uptown.

Since April 28, there have been six assaults/robberies in Minneapolis’s Fifth Precinct, which encompasses all of Uptown.

The unusual string of robberies — most of which occurred on quiet residential streets in the Wedge and Whittier — prompted the MPD to issue a crime alert on May 10.

Later that night, a 61-year-old man was attacked as he stepped out of his car in the 2500 block of Pillsbury Avenue South.

The man fired several shots at his two assailants, who then fled. Following the incident, the victim told police that one of the assailants was a heavyset Hispanic man, the other a thinner Hispanic man.

Police aren’t certain whether the two Hispanic men were involved in any of the other recent assault robberies. “Though the circumstances are similar it is not certain that these crimes were committed by the same suspects,” the MPD said in a May 13 press release.

According to that release, in all of the recent incidents, two to four suspects attacked their victims from behind before robbing them. The most common hours of occurrence were between 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. with one attack occurring just before 10 p.m.

To provide information to Crime Stoppers regarding this incident, or any other serious crime, call 1-800-222-8477(TIPS), text TIP674 plus your information to 274637(CRIMES) or go to the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppersmn.org and click on “Give a Tip”.  All callers are given a unique identifier and no names are used.