Downtown Council offering $5,000 for information about St. Patrick’s Day assault

The Minneapolis Downtown Council in collaboration with CrimeStoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an individual who attacked a St. Patrick’s Day Parade participant March 17.

A man is recovering from serious injuries after he was punched by someone in an unprovoked assault near 5th & Marquettee around 8:15 p.m. after marching in the parade with friends and family.

A large group of teens flocked to downtown for the parade much like last year’s event, which also resulted in fights and traffic disruptions.

Minneapolis Downtown Council CEO Steve Cramer said the incident is particularly troubling because the assault occurred while there was a large police presence and youth outreach workers on hand.

“The Minneapolis Downtown Council is offering this reward because someone knows who engaged in this unlawful conduct,” Cramer said. “We ask them to come forward. As a community, we must agree to define such behavior as outside the bounds of what we will accept. We simply won’t tolerate it, nor will we cede our streets to such brazen acts.”

Cramer said the man assaulted has been told by doctors to stay home from work for a few weeks to recover from his injuries. He was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury but has since been told he has a good chance of full recovery, Cramer said.

Minneapolis Downtown Council Board Chair Tom Hoch also expressed outrage about the attack.

“The victim had enjoyed participating in the parade with his family and was plainly and simply sucker-punched without provocation. This, despite a strong presence of Minneapolis Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Metro Transit Police throughout downtown, and within sight of where the incident occurred,” Hoch said. “There were numerous youth serving agencies mobilized that evening. Shockingly, these deterrents did not prevent did not prevent this irresponsible act, and the individual must be identified and held accountable.”

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text your tip to the number 274637 (CRIMES). All tips to CrimeStoppers are anonymous and eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.