Midtown Weekly Crime Report, Map and Community Announcements, Week Ending February 5, 2018

Hello again. Here is the Midtown weekly crime report with community announcements for the week ending 2-5-18. (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 Midtown crime map for January 30-February 5. Thanks to some much-needed technical support, the weekly map is now a much smaller file! All future maps will be in this more convenient format.

There were 12 Part 1 (most serious) crimes reported this week.

There were 4 violent crimes reported in Midtown this week-2 robberies and 2 aggravated assaults.

MPD officers arrested a total of 14 suspects in Midtown. 9 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:

· The Chinese Heritage Foundation is hosting a Chinese New Year celebration on Friday, February 9 at Midtown Global Market .

· On Thursday, February 15, Courageous heARTS is offering a creative art activity for all, also at Midtown Global Market.

· Corcoran Neighborhood Organization is hiring a new Executive Director. Application deadline is Monday, February 19.

· Neighbors in Action encourages people to participate in upcoming Safety Patrols and to attend the monthly community meeting onMonday, February 12. Lorenafrom PRIDE will make a presentation.

· Metro Transit is looking for community input on the new D Bus Line which will essentially replace the 5 route. Several community meetings have been scheduled; the first is Tuesday, February 13 at the Chicago/Lake Transit Center.

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 1-30 to 2-5-18

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 12Part 1 (most serious) crimes in Midtown during the week, down from 19 last week.

· Part 1 crimes this week included homicide (0), rape (0), robbery (2), aggravated assault (2), burglary (2), auto theft (2), arson (0) and larceny/theft (4). 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 4violent crimes reported-2 robberies and 2 aggravated assaults. This is down from 8 violent crimes last week.

· There were no homicides, rapes or arsons reported during the week.

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

· MPD officers arrested a total of 14 suspects in Midtown. 9 were taken into custody and 5 received citations before being 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)

Robbery (2)

2-2, 6:50 to 7:04 pm 29xx Columbus Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood) Officers were dispatched on report of a robbery of person. Upon arrival made contact with Victim who stated that he was walking southbound on Columbus Av S/Lake St E when two males approached him. Victim described the suspects as black males, approximately 5’08”-6’00”, wearing black hoodies and one of the suspects possibly having a beard. Victim stated that when the suspects approached him, they asked him if he had any money and starting reaching for his pockets. Victim said that he gave the suspects his wallet and they began hitting him with some type of hard object. The right side of Victim’s face was starting to bruise, along with his right arm and right leg. Victim stated that he did not need emergency medical service. Victim stated that one of the suspects said “I will not rest until I get you all”. Victim said that the suspects took approximately $80.00 from his wallet and threw his wallet back to him. Victim was unsure as to what direction the suspects left. Victim was given a blue (victim resources) card.

2-3, 9:38 to 9:50 pm 5xx Lake St E (Phillips West neighborhood) Victim met Suspect near the above to make an internet sale. Suspect pulled a knife on Victim and demanded his items. Suspect info and loss listed. Victim was advised and given a blue (victim resources) card. Case continued pending further information or leads.

Aggravated Assault (2)

2-4, 3:30 to 3:35 am 29xx 3rd Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood) Officers responded to the above location on a stabbing call. Arrestee [Kirk Keith Oxedine] was stabbed by Victim 1 because Arrestee was strangling Victim 2 and bit Victim 3. Arrestee had also strangled Victim 1 earlier. Arrestee and Victim 1 are dating. Witness corroborated the story of the victims. Victim completed a domestic violence supplement. Victim1, Victim 2 and Victim 3 completed medical release forms. Victim 1 was given a case (victim resources) card. The felony enhancement list was checked for Arrestee. The domestic violence hotline was notified. Arrestee was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment and subsequently booked into Hennepin County Jail for domestic strangulation.

2-5, 4:30 to 4:40 pm 31xx 18th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Officers were dispatched to the above location on a domestic assault. Victim was located in the listed vehicle parked nearby. Victim had been strangled and punched by arrestee [Glen Dale Lamorie]. Arrestee also threatened to kill Victim. Victim was transported by ambulance for medical attention. Photos were taken of Victim. A Minneapolis blue (victim resources) card was issued. Arrestee was later taken into custody and booked Hennepin County Jail.

Burglary (2)

2-1, 3:00 to 10:35 pm 30xx Elliot Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)[CPS note:
Entry made by prying rear door. Loss was computers and cash.]

2-4, 12:05 to 12:06 am 31xx 5th Ave S (Central neighborhood)[CPS note:
Burglary in progress. Suspect broke porch door and left, then returned and broke glass in front door. No entry and no loss.]

Auto Theft (2)

2-2, 4:30 to 8:40 pm 31xx 19th Ave S (Central neighborhood)[CPS note:
Victim left a spare key inside the vehicle and wasn’t sure she locked it. Loss was laptop computer, mink vest and chinchilla jacket.]

2-3, 3:09 to 3:25 pm 21xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)[CPS note:
Officers stopped vehicle because they recognized it as being stolen. No information as to how it was stolen.]


MPD Arrests in Midtown (14)

All Offenses Misdemeanors Unless Noted

Arrestees Booked into Hennepin County Jail (Unless Noted) (3 Felony, 9 Total)

1-31, 12:05 amLake St E & 15th Ave S Anthony Michael Clark: 1 Misdemeanor Warrant (Domestic Assault).

2-1, 11:00 pm 8xx 28th St E Freddie Gerald Castaneda: Narcotics Violation (Felony).

2-1, 11:19 pm 31st St E & 5th Ave S Ruben Contreras Hernandez: 1 Felony Warrant .

2-2, 9:00 am 8xx Lake St E Abdirahman Abdullahi Mohamud: False Name or Information (Gross Misdemeanor), Theft, 1 Gross Misdemeanor Warrant.

2-2, 12:20 pm30xx Columbus Ave S Jaheed Abdul-Malik: 1 Felony Warrant (Violating Release Conditions).

2-4, 11:00 pm 8xx 28th St E Jacob Kelly Leith: Narcotics Violation (Felony), Stolen Property Offense (Felony), 1 Felony Warrant.

2-5, 3:30 am 29xx 15th Ave S James Martin Lohnes: Drug Paraphernalia, 1 Felony Warrant (Possession of Burglary Tools), 2 Misdemeanor Warrants (Drug Paraphernalia, False Name or Information).

2-5, 4:10 am Lake St E & 18th Ave S Tonya Ava Jara-Arias: 1 Misdemeanor Warrant (False Information to Police).

2-5, 7:50 pm 29xx 15th Ave S Glen Dale Lamorie: Domestic Assault (Felony), Domestic Threat (Felony), 1 Felony Warrant.

Arrestees Issued Citations and Released (5)

All Offenses Misdemeanors Unless Noted

2-1, 8:15 am Lake E & Bloomington Ave S Yovani Sanchez-Castillo: Driving After Revocation.

2-1, 11:32 pm 31st St E & 5th Ave S Diego Parga Rosales Rosales: Driving After Revocation.

2-2, 10:45 am 31st St E & 2nd Ave S Melinda Lee Brown: Driving After Revocation.

2-2, 5:20 pm 31xx 23rd Ave S Juvenile: Narcotics.

2-4, 12:30 pm 29xx Chicago Ave S Ricky Lee Page: Public Urination.

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: 15 stops, 6 directed patrols, 3 arrests.

Robberies & Aggravated Assaults (excluding domestics): 1 robbery, 0 aggravated assaults.

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

Proactive enforcement results: 31 stops, 19 directed patrols, 2 arrests.

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

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 McDonald’s.

• 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.

• Foot beats at Taco Bell & McDonald’s parking lots

• CRT conducting routine targeted details in the 17th & Lake area.

• Additional directed patrol around the Park Ave & Lake St area.

Investigative Tactics

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

• Evening beat details with Probation.


The 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration is hosted by the Chinese Heritage Foundation. Join us February 9, 5:30 – 7:30 PM for fun activities, exciting performances and the traditional lion dance.

Join us on February 15 from 5 – 7 PM for an artsy neighborhood night. Courageous heARTS, a local non-profit will host a creative art activity.


Corcoran Neighborhood Organization Seeks a New Executive Director

Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO) is accepting applications for the Executive Director position. A successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, experience with volunteer engagement, a receptiveness to input and feedback, and a passion for building strategic partnerships. They will share the organization’s values of empowerment, equity, creativity, and sustainability. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall administration and management of CNO, including oversight of programs, fundraising and financial management, staff supervision, and general operations. They will have the opportunity to provide organizational leadership from high level strategic planning to base level facility management, and will transform the neighborhood by ensuring that CNO provides impactful programs and services to all of our residents. The base salary starts at $55,000 and is negotiable depending on qualifications and experiences. To apply, please submit a resume/CV and cover letter via email to hiring@corcoranneighborhood.org by February 19, 2018 at 5:00pm.

For more information, see http://www.corcoranneighborhood.org.

Neighbors In Action Update

Safety Team

Neighbors in Action Safety team is a group of volunteers who are interested in meeting other neighbors to address community safety issues that affect our quality of life in South Minneapolis. Safety Team patrols walk together as a watchful, positive and peaceful presence in the community. To participate, meet up with us at the start of a patrol shift or contact us. Upcoming patrol shifts are:

East Lake Street

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Start & End Location: Midtown Global Market Security Desk
9:00am – 10:00am

Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Start & End Location: Midtown Global Market Security Desk
9:00am – 10:00am

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
Start & End Location: McRae Park Building
6:00pm – 6:45pm

Safety Team patrols are scheduled based on peoples’ availability to participate. We welcome suggestions on days and times that work well for you. Please contact us with your March availability.

Neighbors In Action Safety Team participants mustagree to follow the Safety Team Guidelines.

Monthly Meeting

Monday, February 12th, 2018, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Ave S

Guest Presentation by Lorena from The Family Partnership’s PRIDE* Program 6:30 to 7:15pm
An in-depth look into sexual exploitation in Minnesota.

Learn the facts, myths, and the power of demand.

Community Safety Meeting, 7:15 to 8:00pm

Join us to share what’s happening on your block, work on ways we can take action to reduce crime, improve community safety and learn more about the Neighbors in Action Safety Team.

The New D Bus Line

Metro Transit is planning improvements to the Route 5 corridor with the D Line, a rapid bus service. The D Line will substantially replace Route 5, running primarily on Chicago and Emerson/Fremont Avenues. Rapid bus brings better amenities, faster service and a more comfortable ride. The D Line project is currently in the station planning phase. Pending full project funding, D Line stations would be constructed in 2020 and 2021.

We are currently seeking feedback on proposed D Line station locations. Thedraft D Line Station Plan was released this week, and we are seeking comments through March 6. This is a major opportunity for you to help inform final station location recommendations.

There are several ways to comment on the plan:

· Review the plan and comment online at metrotransit.org/d-line-project

· Email comments to DLine

· Call Customer Relations at 612-333-3333

· Attend an open house to learn more, talk with project staff, and provide comments :

· Tuesday, February 13, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Chicago-Lake Transit Center

· Thursday, February 15, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Richfield Municipal Center

· Saturday, February 17, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Mall of America Transit Center

· Wednesday, February 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at North High School

· Thursday, February 22, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Wellstone High School

· Saturday, March 3, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Brooklyn Center Transit Center

Metro Transit will report back to the community with revisions in a recommended plan this spring, and bring a final plan to the Metropolitan Council for approval this summer.

We have developed a short video to provide information on the D Line, the planning process, and how to comment on the draft D Line Station Plan. Please consider sharing this video through your social media channels.

To stay in touch with project updates, you can sign up for the D Line newsletter here and at the project website at metrotransit.org/d-line-project.

Metro Transit welcomes any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact Scott Janowiak at 612-341-5733 or scott.janowiak to talk about the D Line more.

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