Midtown Weekly Crime Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending July 15, 2019

Greetings from John B at Midtown Safety Center! Here is the Midtown weekly crime report with community announcements for the week ending 7-15-19. There were no reports last week or the week before.

The report is attached as a Word file and the text is reprinted below the Safety Center logo. 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.

  • There were 24 Part 1 (most serious) crimes in Midtown this week.
  • 6 violent crimes were reported-3 robberies and 3 aggravated assaults.
  • 2 of the 3 aggravated assaults were domestic. In the third, the victim felt threatened but was not injured.
  • Police took 13 offenders in Midtown into custody this week.
  • 7 of these arrests were for felony crimes.
  • The 3rd Precinct continued to have 1 focused enforcement zone in Midtown. The boundaries were changed slightly.

I have included announcements from 7 community organizations this week. Please see the report (below and attached) for more details on these items.

· Midtown Global Market and the Minneapolis Institute of Art team up to present Mobile Miaon Friday, July 19 and Friday, July 26. Explore your artistic side by making clouds and origami!

· Midtown Farmers Market features a Cooking Demo w/ Lisa on Saturday, July 20. The Market will also be open on Tuesday, July 23. And don’t miss Bike to the Market Day on Saturday, June 27!

· Make sure to catch the Midtown Phillips Festival@Lake Street Open Streets on Sunday, July 21. The day includes great, diverse music, soccer and boxing demonstrations, MADDADS and a variety of information tables. The Festival is part of the Lake + Minnehaha Open Streets, a day to enjoy these major streets in a different way while they are closed to car traffic.

· CANDO and their Plant-Grow-Share program invite you to 3 separate events on Thursday, July 25. Central Jams is the kick-off of a new concert series. In the Big Garden Workday, people will be coming together to improve the Hosmer Garden. Then, at the Bonfire & Potluck everyone can share food and conversation.

· Heart of the Beast offers an evening of experimental fun at the adult-oriented Puppet Cabareton Friday, July 26.

· The Mercado Central, one of Minneapolis’s greatest business success stories, holds its 20th Anniversary Celebrationon Saturday, July 27.

· The Midtown Greenway Coalition seeks volunteers for its biggest event of the year, the Greenway Glow Arts Festival and VIP Bike Rides which takes place on Saturday, July 27. The Coalition also wants to increase participation in their very important, safety-oriented Trail Watch program.

I always appreciate your announcements and comments!

Also, please let me know the email address of anyone who would like to get these reports.

Please let me know if you need (non-emergency) help from the Minneapolis Police Department or have any questions about crime or policing in Midtown.

John R. Baumann

Midtown Community Safety Center

Minneapolis Police Department

2949 Chicago Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55407



Midtown Area Crime Report and Announcements

Week of 7-9 to 7-15-19

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

Summary of Part 1* Crimes in Midtown

  • 24 Part 1 crimes reported.
  • Part 1 crimes breakdown: robbery-3, aggravated assault-3, burglary-2, auto theft-5 and larceny/theft-11.
  • 6 violent crimes reported.
  • Violent crime breakdown: robbery-3, aggravated assault-3.
  • Aggravated assault breakdown:domestic-2, non-domestic-1.
  • 13 offenders arrested and taken into custody by MPD.
  • 7 felony arrests, marked in yellow.

*Part 1 crimes are homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, auto theft, arson and larceny/theft.

Midtown Part 1 Crime Details

Violent Crimes

Robbery (3)

7-11, 2:40 am 2xx Lake St E (Phillips West neighborhood) The victims were in their vehicle with the suspect. The suspect pulled a knife and ordered the victims to leave the vehicle. The suspect then drove away.

7-11, 7:45 pm 29xx Park Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood) The victim and Suspect 1 were engaged in a sex act for money when Suspect 1 stole the victim’s wallet. Suspect 1 then ran off with Suspect 2.

7-15, 11:00 pm 30xx 18th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Victim 1 was sitting in his vehicle with Victim 2 when 3 suspects approached. Suspect 1 demanded money at gunpoint and later punched Victim 1. Suspect 3 took items from the vehicle.

Aggravated Assault (3)

7-9, 2:27 am 31xx Portland Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Domestic The victim and suspect got into an argument. The suspect then strangled and assaulted the victim numerous times.

7-12, 1:44 am 18xx 31st St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) DomesticThe suspect assaulted the victim (his adult daughter).

7-13, 11:10 am 31xx 10th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) The victim and suspect had argued previously. On this day, the suspect approached the victim with a chain and the victim felt threatened. The victim was not injured.

Property Crimes

Burglary (2)

7-9, 1:03 am 7xx Lake St E (Central neighborhood)Business Entry:Smashed window. Loss: Electronic merchandise. Security footage of the suspect is available.

7-14, Between 10:30 am and 6:19 pm 30xx Cedar Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Entry: Likely anunlocked window. Loss: Electronic equipment, jewelry, watch, cash, credit card.

Auto Theft (5)

7-12, 12:45 am Lake St E & Clinton Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)Officers responded to a bait vehicle activation. The driver left the vehicle and officers chased him on foot. Louis Hayes was arrested.

7-12, 12:00 am 15xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)The victim parked and went inside a business. He left his wallet and keys on a table for a short time. When he returned, the wallet, keys and vehicle were gone. There is no suspect information.

7-12, Between 8:28 and 8:32 pm 30xx 2nd Ave S (Central neighborhood)The suspect stole the victim’s keys from inside a building and then took the vehicle, which was parked behind the building. There is surveillance footage of the suspect taking the keys. The vehicle was later recovered.

7-12, 8:00 pm 32xx Bloomington Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)The vehicle was stolen from its parking space. It is possible that a missing spare key was used. There is no suspect information. The vehicle was later recovered.

7-13, 6:10 pm 14xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)The reporting party left the vehicle running and went inside a building. The suspect then stole the vehicle. It was recovered a short time later.

Theft/Larceny (11)


7-10 8xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)

Theft from Motor Vehicle

7-9 29th St E & 10th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

7-9 29xx 3rd Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)

7-9 22xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)

7-10 29th St E &11th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

7-10 29xx 3rd Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)

Other Theft

7-9 29xx 12th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

7-12 19xx Lake St E (Corcoran neighborhood)

7-12 29xx Chicago Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

7-14 8xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

7-15 6xx Lake St E (Phillips West neighborhood)

MPD Arrests in Midtown This Week

Arrestees Taken into Custody (7 Felony, 13 Total)

7-9, 5:55 pm 9xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) Shawn Mirthiez Taylor: Forgery of Check (Felony).

7-9, 6:20 pm 9xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) Eric Spencer Cunningham; Chelce Burma Lorraine Davis:Recovered Vehicle (Felony).

7-9, 8:46 pm 31st St E & 21st Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood)Juvenile: Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle (Felony).

7-10, 12:25 am Lake St E & Portland Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)Eric Wilson:Felony Warrant (for 3rd Degree Drugs).

7-10, 8:50 pm 8xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Vincent Eugene Lewis: Trespassing.

7-10, 10:15 pm 30xx Bloomington Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Cornelius Montrell Spurlock: Narcotics Violation (Felony), 1 Gross Misdemeanor Warrant.

7-12, 12:45 am Lake St E & Clinton Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)Louis Hayes: Motor Vehicle Theft (Felony).

7-12, 1:44 am 18xx 31st St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Elbert Harris III: Domestic Assault/Strangulation (Felony).

7-13, 1:30 am 17xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)Tylon Diquis Watkins: 1 Felony Warrant.

7-14, 1:47 am 29xx 2nd Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)Luis Enrique Ortiz: Violation of Protection Order.

7-14, 8:05 am 30xx Clinton Ave S (Central neighborhood)Meranda Lee Wood: 3 Felony Warrants (for 3rd Degree Drug Possession).

7-15, 3:51 pm 18xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)Abshir Mohamed Yusuf: 5th Degree Assault.

Focused Enforcement in Midtown

Midtown’s Lake Street area had 1 focused enforcement area for violent crime this week, 29th St E to 31st St E, Clinton Ave S to Bloomington Ave S. (Focus area extended to Clinton Ave S)

Strategies used during the week included:

Patrol Tactics

All shifts: Directed patrol, foot beats, proactive stops, business checks.

Beats: Extra patrol on Lake St corridor

• Extend directed patrol to Clinton Ave for Middle Watch and Night Watch

• Request mobile camera be placed at Lake and Clinton, pointed south

Investigative Tactics

CRT-Details focusing on Lake St utilizing Precinct cameras & ongoing CRT focus on livability/nuisance crimes.

• Continued CRT details along Lake St E, near 12th Ave to Bloomington Ave

• Mid‐week multi‐unit details will be conducted focused in Hot Spots.

Problem Properties

  • Neighborhood Coordination Officers followed up on:
  • 29xx 13th Ave S-check the welfare of someone possibly sleeping inside
  • 30xx Oakland Ave S-all OK.

Community Events and Announcements

Midtown Global Market

Mobile MiaFriday, July 19 & Friday, July 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 920 Lake St E, Central Plaza

In partnership with the Backyard Community Health Hub, join Mobile Mia at Midtown Global Market to explore your creative side. Artists from the Minneapolis Institute of Art will be on hand in this mobile studio with inspiration and materials.

July 19: Join Mia artists to make your own clouds, inspired by artwork found in Hearts Of Our People, Native Women Artists.

July 26: Artists from CarryOn Homes and their project “My Story My Home” will bring the inspiration. Share and fold your stories into original origami paper designed by immigrant artists.

Midtown Farmers Market

Saturday MarketSaturday, July 20, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. 3032 Minnehaha Ave S.

9 am-10 am – Cooking Demo w/Lisa: Pearl couscous and zucchini salad with tomato vinaigrette!
10 am-1 pm – Dead Media

Community tables this week are:

+ Master Gardeners
+ Market Science
+ Urban Arts Academy

+ ONE Campaign

The Market will also be open on Tuesday, July 23, 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Looking ahead, Saturday, July 27 will be Bike to the Market Day!

Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association

Midtown Phillips Festival@Lake Street Open StreetsSunday, July 21, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Lake Street, between 13th & 15th Aves.

Entertainment Stage

  • 11:00 am to noon: Brass Messengers
  • 12:00 to 12:50 pm: Wain McFarlane
  • 1:00 to 1:50 pm: Little Thunderbirds
  • 2:00 to 2:50 pm: Inti Samay
  • 3:00 to 3:50 pm Sarah Greer & Friends
  • 4:00 to 4:50 pm AJ & Rina

Featured throughout the day:

  • New Americans Youth Soccer Club Exhibition
  • Circle of Discipline Boxing Exhibitions
  • Games, Activities and Information Tables

Note: This event is part of the 2019 Lake + Minnehaha Open Streets which takes place from Elliot Ave to Minnehaha Ave on Lake St and from Minnehaha Ave & Lake St to Minnehaha Pkwy/Godfrey Pkwy on Minnehaha Ave.

Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha is a free event bringing together artists, community groups and local businesses to temporarily close E Lake St & Minnehaha Ave to car traffic, opening it up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.

More than a street festival, Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha brings together local businesses, families, and neighbors to bike, walk, socialize, play, enjoy art and live performances, and shop in their communities in a car-free environment.

What will YOU create on your street at Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha?

Visit www.openstreetsmpls.org for more information, to volunteer, or to sign up for a spot on the street.

Open Streets Minneapolis is a City of Minneapolis event, hosted by Our Streets Minneapolis.


Central JamsThursday, July 25, 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Central Gym Park, 3450 4th Ave S.
Enjoy music, food and good times in Central Gym Park! Featuring Niles! Bring the whole family, get some dinner off the grill, and hear some of our best local musicians. Central Jams is a new quarterly event sponsored by The Central Neighborhood; Minneapolis Mn, Green Central Park Elementary and Central Gym & Recreation Center

Big Garden WorkdayThursday, July 25, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Hosmer Garden, 36th St E & 4th Ave S.
We will be tying branches into bundles, turning compost, planting, and installing 1 raised bed and our 2 new community bulletin boards! Wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. As always, you can garden with us any Thursday, 6-7:30 pm.

Bonfire & PotluckThursday, July 25, 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Hosmer Garden, 36th St E & 4th Ave S.
Join your neighbors for an evening of conversation and sharing. Bring a dish to share if you’re able.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

Puppet CabaretFriday, July 26, 8:00 to 11:00 pm, 1500 Lake St E.

Join us for an evening of new, short, experimental, weird, borderline ‘artistic’ puppet acts from Twin Cities artists with live music and booze.

Anything could happen in these late-night, low brow evenings. As always, when puppets are involved, adult content may arise. (In other words, this is not a kid friendly show)

Tickets on sale now

Organized by: Steve Ackerman and Akiko

Hosted by: Akiko

Performer lineup coming soon!

RSVP & Invite friends here

Mercado Central

20th Anniversary CelebrationSaturday, July 27, 1:00 to 6:00 pm. 1515 Lake St E.

Over the past 20 years, Mercado Central has been a catalyst destination along Lake Street in Minneapolis. Mercado Central has proven to be a unique model for Latino entrepreneurs and community ownership. Mercado Central and its partners are happy to invite you to celebrate this milestone.

Midtown Greenway Coalition

Greenway Glow Arts Festival and VIP Bike RidesSaturday, July 27, 6:00 pm to midnight. Want to VOLUNTEER? We have slots available to help with registration, serve tacos and more! Sign up here: Want to BIKE in the Glow? Register here:

Trail Watch Riders Needed!

Our Trail Watch volunteers are a friendly presence on the trail, helping with flat tires, sweeping glass, giving directions and more. Want to join a ride and help keep the Greenway safe? Click here for a list of upcoming rides: soren More volunteer opportunities are available! Visit our Volunteer page for more info:

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