Crime reports


+ Oct. 12, 11 p.m. 

26th Street/3rd Avenue

A 39-year-old cab driver was shot in the back and transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. 

+ Oct. 9, 2:45 p.m.

2400 block of Nicollet Ave. S. 

A man told police 30 men assaulted him and took his wallet. The man suffered minor injuries and received medical attention at a nearby hospital.  

+ Oct. 10, 3:15 a.m. 

2700 block of 3rd Ave. S. 

A 59-year-old woman said a man broke down the door of her apartment while she was sleeping. He punched her in the face and chest before attempting to stab her with a pair of shears. The woman struggled with the man until he eventually left. The woman refused medical attention. 

Oct. 12, 12:45 p.m.

2400 block of 1st Ave. S.

A 26-year-old man parked his motorcycle across the street from a friend’s house. His friend woke up to see the motorcycle gone. 

Oct. 10, 10:03 p.m.

2800 block of Pleasant Ave. S.

A Burnsville man parked his Honda Accord at noon. He returned few hours later to see discover it was gone. There was no broken glass found where the vehicle was parked. The owner said that no one else has the keys, and the doors were locked.


Oct. 9-10, overnight

4800 block of Lake Harriet Pkwy. 

A woman’s bicycle was stolen from her unattached garage. 


Oct. 15, midnight to 7 a.m.

3000 block of Colfax Ave. S. 

A suspect broke into a home overnight, entering through a bathroom window. The suspect took cash, a tablet and a woman’s purse, using the woman’s check cards at various locations. 


Oct. 12-15 

1000 block of Franklin Ave. W. 

Someone entered a vacant apartment and spray painted on the walls. 


Oct. 15, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

100 block of 62nd St. W.

A woman’s condo was burglarized after a suspect cut a screen and stole three televisions, a laptop computer and an Xbox. 

Oct. 13, 10:40 p.m. 

5937 Nicollet Ave. S. 

A 16-year-old girl was detained by a police officer for shoplifting at Cub Foods. When the officer told the girl he was going to call her mother, the girl ran away. The officer caught her again and was able to handcuff the girl, despite her efforts to escape. The girl was taken to a juvenile supervision center. 

Oct. 12, 7:53 a.m.

5700 block of Nicollet Ave S

Someone smashed the window of a car that belonged to a 32-year-old Minneapolis woman. The woman’s purse was taken.  


Oct. 10, 4:30 p.m. 

100 block of 54th St. E. 

Suspects got into an apartment building by following a resident, who opened a secured entry. Once inside the building, the suspects went into an underground parking garage and stole items before fleeing on foot. 

Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

100 block of 49th St. E. 

A 68-year-old man returned home to find his basement window had been broken out and his television and coins were taken. 


Oct. 12, 4 p.m. 3252 Lyndale Ave. S. 

A man living in the basement below Castle Accordion awoke to the sound of someone smashing the window of the store with a decorative landscape rock. The man went upstairs to investigate, and then called the store owner. The owner correctly guessed that the suspect would return. When he did, the man living downstairs scared him off. 


Oct. 12, 9 p.m. 2941 Hennepin Ave. S. 

A 16-year-old girl was cited for shoplifting after she allegedly walked out of Heartbreakers with a pair of leopard-style pants in her purse. 


Oct. 12, 11:45 a.m. 4419 France Ave. S. 

A suspect stuffed five candy bars and four bags of snacks into his clothing and left the Marathon gas station without paying. 


Oct. 9, 11:15 p.m. 

1400 block of Mount Curve Ave. 

A 48-year-old man witnessed a man take two metal porch chairs from his back yard and load them into a white conversion van before driving away. 


+ Oct. 15, 7 p.m.

3700 block of W Lake St. 

A 22-year-old man was the victim of an armed robbery, near sundown. He was walking when two men forced him to give them his wallet and cell phone at gun-point. The man wasn’t hurt and suspects fled the scene. 


Oct. 13, 4:54 p.m.

3300 block of Blaisdell Ave. S.

A 32-year-old man was the victim of vehicle theft. The suspects were gone by the time police arrived. 

Crime reports

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

+ Sept. 10, 2:30 a.m.

29th and Bryant

A 28-year-old man told police he was riding his bicycle home from a bar on Lyndale Avenue when two suspects wearing green shirts jumped him. The man said he was punched multiple times in the face. He has a swollen eye, with a one-inch cut below. The man was intoxicated and couldn’t remember what bar he had visited, which direction he was traveling, or any description of the suspects, other than their green shirts. The man and his bicycle were transported via ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center. 

Sept. 6, 2 p.m.

2800 block of Aldrich Ave. S. 

Two suspects entered an apartment building and stole a resident’s bicycle. 

Sept. 6-7, overnight

5900 block of Washburn Ave. S. 

A woman discovered her vehicle was missing from in front of her home. She told police she may have left the keys in the trunk. 


Sept. 4-5, overnight

51st and Morgan Ave. S. 

A woman parked her vehicle outside of her home, and at some point over the next 24 hours, someone got into the vehicle and took her GPS device. 

Sept. 6-7, overnight

3400 block of Emerson Ave. S. 

An unknown suspect smashed the driver’s side window of a man’s truck, went inside and took his iPod. 

Sept. 6, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

3300 block of Bryant Ave. S. 

UPS and FedEx each delivered a box to a home’s open porch. Sometime that same afternoon, items were taken from the boxes. 

Sept. 7, 1:45 p.m.

5937 Nicollet Ave. S. 

Joseph D. Obrien, 22, of Minneapolis, was arrested on shoplifting charges after he allegedly tried to walk out of Cub Foods with a backpack full of goods.