Police arrest serial door-to-door scammer

Police have arrested door-to-door scammer Marcus C. Bell, an individual that police have highlighted as a “notorious scam artist.”

He is currently being held on $100,000 bail for charges of aggravated robbery (a felony), giving false information to a police officer, theft from person and theft by swindle.

On Aug. 2 after 1:30 a.m., Bell allegedly assaulted and robbed a person at the 3600 block of Stevens Avenue South, taking cash and the victim’s car. Police tracked down Bell the day after the assault and arrested him, according to the office of Council Member Sandy Colvin Roy (12th Ward).

Police said Bell has been known to frequent the Lyndale and Kingfield neighborhoods, posing as a representative of Zion Lutheran Church or Teen Challenge.

Police have requested “community impact statements” from the public describing how Bell’s crimes impact the neighborhood. The judge can take the statements into account during sentencing. Statements go to John.Baumann@minneapolismn.gov.