Midtown Weekly Crime Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending November 6, 2017

Hello again! Here is the Midtown weekly crime report with community announcements for the week ending 11-6-17. (For this report, Midtown is the area from 35W to Hiawatha, between 28th and 32nd Streets. Portions of the Phillips West, Midtown Phillips, East Phillips, Central, Powderhorn Park and Corcoran neighborhoods are included in Midtown.) The report is attached as a Word file and the text is reprinted below the Safety Center logo.

I’ve also attached a crime map for October 31 to November 6.

There were 21 Part 1 (most serious) crimes reported this week, up from 19 two weeks ago. (There was no report last week.)

There were 8 violent crimes reported in Midtown this week- 1 rape (by a stranger), 3 robberies and 4 aggravated assaults.

MPD officers arrested a total of 20 suspects in Midtown. 15 were booked into jail and 5 were cited and released.

Officers arrested 3 people for felony crimes this week, not counting those arrested for felony warrants.

The 3rd Precinct maintained 2 Focused Enforcement Areas within Midtown this week.

I have 5 announcements this week. See the report (below and attached) for more details on these items:

· Help choose the best chili in these parts at Midtown Global Market’s Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 28.

· Find out more about local safety and sign up for walking patrols at the Neighbors In Action Community Safety Meeting, Monday November 13.

· Pay tribute to special volunteers at Corcoran’s Community and Leadership Awards Dinneron Wednesday, November 15.

· Provide your input on the next round of improvements Peavey Park at the Park Board’s Public Hearing on Wednesday, November 15.

· Looking ahead, don’t miss the 12th Annual Green Gifts Fair at Midtown Global Market on Saturday, November 18.

Please let me know if you have an announcement you’d like me to include in an upcoming report.

I always appreciate your comments on these weekly reports. Please let me know what you would like to see added or removed. I want the reports to be as useful as possible.

Thank you!

John R. Baumann

Midtown Community Safety Center

Minneapolis Police Department

2949 Chicago Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55407



Midtown Area Crime Report, Week of 10-31 to 11-6-17

By CPS John R. Baumann, Minneapolis Police Department, 3rd Precinct

Midtown Community Safety Center, 2949 Chicago Ave S, 612-825-6138

Midtown is the area between Highway 35W and Hiawatha Ave, from 28th St E to 32nd St E


· There were 21Part 1 (most serious) crimes in Midtown during the week, up from 19 two weeks ago. (There was no report last week.)

· Part 1 crimes this week included homicide (0), rape (1), robbery (3), aggravated assault (4), burglary (3), auto theft (4), arson (0) and larceny/theft (6). Public information narratives (taken directly from police reports) for the violent crimes appear below. There is summary information for all the other crimes excluding larcenies.

· There were 8 violent crimes reported-1 rape, 3 robberies and 4 aggravated assaults. This up from 5 violent crimes two weeks ago.

· There were no homicides or arsons reported during this week.

· There were 0 business robberies and 0 business burglaries reported during the week.

· MPD officers arrested a total of 20 suspects in Midtown. 15 were taken into custody and 5 received citations and were released.

· Officers arrested 3 people for felony crimes, which are highlighted in yellow. (This does not include offenders arrested for felony warrants.)

Reported Part 1 Crimes in Midtown This Week (Excluding Larceny)

Rape (1)

11-3, 2:00 to 4:00 am 32nd St E & 5th Ave S (Central neighborhood)Officers were dispatched to Abbott Northwestern Hospital for a CSCR (Criminal Sexual Conduct Rape) report. Victim stated while on foot at the above intersection she was forced into a vehicle, driven to a secondary location and sexually assaulted. Victim did not know the suspect but stated she would recognize him if she saw him again. At this time there are no leads on a possible suspect or vehicle. Recommendation: Case continued pending further information or leads.

Robbery (3)

11-3, 11:00 am 21xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)On the above listed date and time, while I was working off duty at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 2218 East Lake Street, a female identified as Victim walked into the bank and told me that she had been robbed. Victim stated that she was standing at the bus stop in front of Aldi, located at 2100 Lake Street East, when she was knocked to the ground from behind. As Victim fell to the ground, an unknown suspect grabbed Victim’s purse and fled the scene. Victim did not see who knocked her to the ground, or who took her purse. It should be noted that Victim had just left the Wells Fargo minutes earlier and she had withdrawn $1000.00 in cash for her rent. After the robbery, Victim walked back to Wells Fargo to report the robbery to me. Victim stated that her knees hurt from the fall, but she was otherwise uninjured. Victim had her MN ID card and her Wells Fargo debit card in her coat pocket and those items were not taken. There were no witnesses, suspects, or recoverable evidence identified. Victim was given a case (victim resources) card and advised. Recommendation: Further investigation.

11-4, 8:30 pm to 11-6, 11:56 am 29xx Chicago Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)Victim was at the MTC bus stop and was approached by a black male and hit in the side of the head with a closed fist and his wallet taken. Victim refused medical and called days later to report incident. The loss was a brown wallet and credit cards and MN Id. Victim was given a blue (victim resources) card. Recommendation: Case continued pending further information.

11-6, 12:48 to12:50 pm 18xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Suspect robbed Victim as he was walking to his vehicle. Victim suffered injuries and was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. Crime Lab processed the scene. Recommendation: Further investigation.

Aggravated Assault (4)

10-31, 9:00 am Lake St E & Chicago Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)Arrestee [Derrick Dewayne Bolden] hit Victim in the neck with a hammer. A hammer was recovered from Arrestee. Victim did receive a minor injury in the assault.

11-4, 9:00 to 9:30 pm 17xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)Victim called to report that he had been stabbed and needed an ambulance. The event occurred at the above intersection. Victim was uncooperative with both police and medical. He was transported and provided a MPLS blue (victim resources) card. Recommendation: Case continued pending further information or leads.

11-5, 1:27 to 1:50 am 28xx Park Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)Officers responded to the above location on a missing person report. Parent/Guardian found out that Suspect was in the building with a family member in another apartment. Officers checked the status of Suspect and advised her not to continue running away. Suspect assaulted Officers and was taken into custody. Suspect stated that she was on cocaine and drunk and is a minor. Officers transported Suspect to Hennepin County Medical Center. Recommendation: Case continued pending further leads.

11-6, 1:23 pm 29xx Chicago Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)Suspect attempted to assault Arrestee in the transit station at Lake and Chicago Ave. Arrestee was arrested for the warrant and booked into Hennepin County Jail.

Burglary (3)

10-31, 8:00 am to 6:25 pm 22xx Lake St E Business(East Phillips neighborhood) [CPS note: This was originally categorized as a burglary of a storage unit
with no signs of forced entry. Upon investigation, it was found that the owner of the apartment complex emptied out the storage unit by mistake.
[Not a burglary so removed from total. ]

10-31, 9:00 am to 11-1, 9:00 am 30xx Cedar Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) [CPS note: Entry made by breaking glass in rear door, then door frame. Victim was deceased. Loss was undetermined at time of report.]

10-31, 1:00 to 3:00 pm 22xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)[CPS note:
Entry was through an unlocked apartment door. Loss was wallet, debit card and cash.]

11-6, 7:00 to 9:20 pm 30xx 18th Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood)[CPS note:
Entry was made through an unlocked kitchen window. Loss was computers, television, video game console, backpack, passport, jewelry, cash and more.]

Auto Theft (4)

11-1, 9:20 pm, to 11-2, 9:25 pm 8xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)[CPS note:
Vehicle stolen when driver left the keys in it and went elsewhere.]

11-1, 9:20 pm to 11-2, 9:25 pm 5xx Lake St E (Central neighborhood)[CPS note:
Vehicle stolen from a used car lot; keys missing from office.]

11-5, 9:00 to 11:19 pm 30xx Cedar Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)[CPS note: Vehicle stolen after keys were taken from driver’s table while he was in the restroom.

10-6, 3:00 to 3:05 pm
28xx Bloomington Ave S
(East Phillips neighborhood)
[CPS note: Vehicle stolen using keys left in the door lock.]

MPD Arrests in Midtown (20)

Arrestees Booked into Hennepin County Jail (Unless Noted) (15)

10-31, 3:29 am28th St E & Bloomington Ave S Joseph Paul Christensen,Driving While Intoxicated.

10-31, 9:01 am Lake St E & Chicago Ave S Derrick Dewayne Bolden, Assault 2-Assault with Dangerous Weapon (Felony).

10-31, 1:27 pm Lake St E & 16th Ave S Kerry Lee Ironnecklace, 2 Gross Misdemeanor Warrants.

10-31, 7:00 pm22xx Lake St E Edward Carlton Gunter Jr, Burglary of Business (Felony).

11-1, 10:35 am 17xx Lake St E Nicole Shannon Columbus, Probation Violation.

11-1, 1:30 pm29xx Chicago Ave S Daniel Martin Cooper and Maurice Juan Alexand Jones,Carry a Weapon without a Permit (Gross Misdemeanor).

11-1, 8:07 pmLake St E & 15th Ave S Kenneth Eugene Terry, Narcotics Violation (Felony).

11-1, 11:42 pm 3xx 32nd St E Donald Dean Jordan, 1 Felony Warrant.

11-2, 12:15 am29xx 15th Ave S Mario Anthony Williams, 1 Gross Misdemeanor Warrant.

11-3, 9:54 amLake St E & Cedar Ave S Christopher Allen Earl,1 Misdemeanor Warrant (Driving After Suspension). Also issued a citation for Driving After Suspension.

11-4, 11:42 pm28th St E & Park Ave S Abdulahi Awale Osman,2 Felony Warrants.

11-5, 1:21 amLake St E & 21st Ave S Erik Hubertus Zidek, Driving While Intoxicated.

11-5, 4:30 am2xx Lake St E Maliki Charles Caldwell,Terroristic Threats (Gross Misdemeanor) & Damage to Property.

11-6, 1:25 pm8xx Lake St E Sherlle Shameeka Williams, 11 Warrants (at least one was a Gross Misdemeanor Warrant).

Arrestees Cited and Released (5)

10-31, 12:15 am 6xx Lake St E Romel Ezequiel Zambrano Munoz,No Proof of Insurance.

11-1, 11:42 pm 3xx 32nd St E Tanna Marie Hanson,False Name or Information.

11-3, 10:30 am Lake St E & Longfellow Ave S Jeremy John Benacka,Driving After Revocation.

11-3, 1:20 pm 28th St E & 13th Ave S Sean Michael Stately,Driving After Revocation.

11-4, 11:42 pm28th St E & Park Ave S Adnan Mohamed Ali,No Valid Driver’s License.

Prosecution of Suspects Charged with Crimes Committed in Midtown

Edward Carlton Gunter Jr: Complaint charging Burglary-3rd Degree (Felony)for a crime at 22xx Lake St E on 10-31-17 signed by Assistant Hennepin County Attorney, Hennepin County judge and MPD investigator and filed with the court; prosecution can now proceed.

Focused Enforcement in Midtown

Midtown’s Lake Street area had 2 focused enforcement areas for violent crime this week:

Lake Street #1 (29th St E to 31st St E, I-35W to Portland Ave S)

Proactive enforcement results: 19 stops, 9 directed patrols, 2 arrests.

Robberies & Aggravated Assaults (excluding domestics): 0 robberies, 0 aggravated assaults.

Lake Street #2 (29th St E to 31st St E, 12th Ave S to 17th Ave S

Proactive enforcement results: 60 stops, 33 directed patrols, 6 arrests.

Robberies & Aggravated Assaults (excluding domestics): 0 robberies, 1 aggravated assault.

Strategies (both areas) used during the week included:

Patrol Tactics

• Directed patrol, foot beats, proactive stops, business checks.

• Day Beat and Evening Beat: Foot beats & directed patrol on the Greenway and the 3000 blocks of 12th Ave S, 5th Ave S, Clinton Ave S, 16th Ave S & 17th Ave S (prostitution, narcotics, overdoses, etc.). Business checks at Taco Bell and McDonalds.

• Midwatch: Suspicious person and suspicious vehicle stops around outer edges of focus zones.

• Dogwatch: Directed patrol, foot beats, suspicious person stops, suspicious vehicle stops and traffic law enforcement focused on bus stops in Focus Zone #2.

• Reach out to Metro Transit Police Department regarding additional patrol around bus stop at 17th & Lake. Foot beats at Taco Bell & McDonald’s parking lots.

• Additional directed patrol around the Park & Lake area.

Investigative Tactics

• Regular details with neighborhood Probation Officers and MAVI (Minnesota Ant-Violence Initiative) to focus on chronic offenders.

• Evening beat detail with Probation.

Problem Properties Tactics

• Problem property identified as 30xx Portland Ave. Problem Properties Officer working on.

• 15xx Lake St E identified as a problem property.

• 5xx Lake St E identified as a problem property.

Third Precinct Weekly Trends

Motor Vehicle Theft:83% (10 of 12) of the vehicles reported stolen were stolen with keys. [CPS note: Don’t leave your vehicle running unattended or keep keys in your vehicle, even when parked in your garage. Keep watch over your
keys at all times.]

Burglary of Dwelling:23% (5 of 22) required little or no force to gain entry: Residential 23% (5 of 22) required little/no force to gain entry (1-unlocked door and 4-no force). Garage 0% (0 of 0) required little/no force to gain entry.

Theft from Motor Vehicle:41% (7 of 17) reported a wallet/purse (4), GPS (0) or backpack/other bag (3) stolen; 65% (11of 17) required little or no force to gain entry (5-unlocked door and 6-no force).

Choose the Chili Champ at Midtown Global Market on

Saturday, November 11!

Watch our Market Merchants battle it out for the title of Chili Cook-Off Champ. Join us Saturday, 11/11 at 12 PM – 2 PM for internationally inspired chili. Sample them all and vote for your favorite. The $5 suggested donation will go toward Doing Good Together, a national nonprofit organization that works to make volunteering and service, along with daily kindness, easy for every family.


Attend the Neighbors In Action

Community Safety Meeting, Monday, November 13

This is your chance to share what’s happening on your block and work on ways we can take action to reduce crime and improve community safety. There will also be an update on Neighbors In Action Safety Teams and sign-ups for patrol shifts. All invited. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Ave S, 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Honor Special Volunteers at CNO’s

Community and Leadership Awards Dinner, Wednesday, November 15

Join your neighbors at Corcoran Neighborhood Organization’s Community Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 15th. Dinner will begin at 6:00 pm at Corcoran Park (3334 20th Ave S), accompanied by music. A program will feature neighbors toasting other neighbors who have shown outstanding volunteer leadership in the Corcoran neighborhood during the past year, or over their lifetime. Community leaders are folks who undertake large- or small-scale efforts, gestures of goodwill and leadership that benefits our neighborhood. The leaders in Corcoran help make the neighborhood a well-loved place to live.


Give Input On Peavey Park Proposed Improvements

Wednesday, November 15

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will hold a public hearing on proposed improvements for Peavey Park on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 6:45pm at MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road in Minneapolis.

The hearing allows interested members of the public to weigh in on proposed playground and picnic shelter concept plans before the Board of Commissioners. After the hearing is closed, commissioners will consider approval of the plans.

The playground and shelter are part of Phase 2 improvements planned for 2018. Also included are a multi-use field, central path, site grading, and storm water management. Phase 1 improvements, which include a new basketball court complex, are well underway. All improvements are guided by the approved Peavey Park Master Plan (as part of the South Service Area Master Plan).

Concept plans for the playground and picnic shelter were created based on feedback from stakeholder meetings, on-site engagement, online surveys, a youth design camp and a community charrette.

If the concept plans are approved, construction bids will be awarded in early 2018, with construction during summer of 2018.


Looking Ahead:

Don’t Miss the Green Gifts Fair, Saturday, November 18

Mark your calendars for Do It Green! Minnesota’s 12th Annual Green Gifts Fair on Saturday, November 18th, 10 am-5 pm at Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. There will be 80+ eco-gift vendors, community building activities, demos in multiple languages, a creative expressions lab, free music, a family passport with prizes and more! $1 donation at the door. Visit www.doitgreen.org/green-gifts-fair/ for details.

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