Police arrest suspects in 58th & Xerxes assault; Armatage plans public safety workshop

Police have two juvenile suspects in custody linked to an assault and attempted robbery March 28 at 58th & Xerxes.* In response to the incident, the Armatage Neighborhood Association will discuss recent crime at its April 15 meeting and will host a personal safety workshop on April 21.

According to police: A male victim exited the bus at 11:40 p.m. March 28 at 58th & Xerxes.* Two males approached him and demanded money and a wallet. When the victim said he didn’t have any money, the suspects knocked him down, beating and kicking him. The victim later realized he had been stabbed, called 911 and was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. The victim is now recovering at home.

Police identified two juvenile suspects, and they were arrested March 30 by Edina police in connection with robberies at the Southdale Mall. Police said the suspects remain in custody on charges of aggravated robbery.

On April 15, the Armatage Neighborhood Association will hear from the prosecuting attorney, a victim/witness advocate, and Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Waisanen. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Armatage Park building, 2500 W. 57th St.

The Armatage neighborhood and the Minneapolis Police Department will also host a personal safety workshop from 7-8:30 p.m. on April 21 at the Armatage Park gym, 2500 W. 57th St.. The instructor is Mary Brandl, a fourth-degree black belt, educator, and personal safety consultant with 30 years of experience. The event is for all ages. Attendees will learn how to recognize potential danger, how to perform simple self-defense techniques, and how to slow down or dissuade an aggressor.

Police offered the following safety tips:

— Be alert to individuals who approach to ask for the time or directions, as this is a common ploy used by assailants to get close.

— Trust gut feelings and act on them. If you feel uncomfortable about an approaching person or group of people, keep your distance or leave the area.

— Stay alert to surroundings; keep earphone volume low. 


*This story has changed, as police provided a new time of the incident.