Police have noticed a spate of robberies of Hispanic victims in an area bounded by Franklin Avenue, 38th Street, Clinton and Nicollet avenues.
Five such robberies took place between Dec. 17 and 23., at nighttime hours ranging from 7:40 p.m.-2 a.m. A suspect punched the victim in one instance, and suspects displayed a knife or a handgun in two other incidents.
Police provided the following incident summaries:
— On Dec. 20 at 7:40 p.m., a Hispanic female was walking at 1st Avenue South & East 28th Street when a black male, age 18-40, forcibly took her purse.
— On Dec. 20 at 8:10 p.m., a black male suspect, age 20-30, robbed a Hispanic man in a parking lot at 38th & Nicollet. No weapons were involved.
— On Dec. 21 at 2:30 a.m., a Hispanic man was walking at Franklin & Clinton when two black men, ages 18-40, punched the victim and took his backpack.
— On Dec. 22 at 2 a.m., two black suspects, ages 25-30, approached a Hispanic man at the 2700 block of Nicollet and displayed a knife, taking the victim’s wallet and cell phone. Police reported no injuries.
— On Dec. 23 at 12:38 a.m., a Hispanic man departed a city bus at 1st Avenue South & East 33rd Street when a black man, age 23-25, displayed a handgun. The suspect fled the area before taking anything.
In an advisory on the robbery pattern, police recommended walking with another person whenever possible. In the event of a robbery, police request a detailed description that includes clothing, and an immediate 911 call to improve the chance of apprehension.