Midtown Weekly Crime Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending July 22, 2019

Greetings from John B at Midtown Safety Center! Here is the Midtown weekly crime report with community announcements for the week ending 7-22-19.

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 22 Part 1 (most serious) crimes in Midtown this week.
  • 6 violent crimes were reported-1 rape, 2 robberies and 3 aggravated assaults.
  • 1 of the 3 aggravated assaults was a domestic.
  • Police took 16 offenders in Midtown into custody this week.
  • 7 of these arrests were for felony crimes.
  • Arrests were made in the rape, 2 aggravated assaults and 1 auto theft.
  • The 3rd Precinct continued to have 1 focused enforcement zone in Midtown.

In what might be a record, I have included announcements from 9 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 26. This is a unique opportunity to work with origami paper designed by immigrant artists. Then on Thursday, August 1, the Market invites all to a Backyard Community Health Hub Dialogue focused on diabetes and improving health.

· Heart of the Beast offers an evening of experimental fun at the adult-oriented Puppet Cabareton Friday, July 26 and continues its lead role in planning for the MayDay transition at the Imagine MayDay IBPOC Charrette on Tuesday, July 30.

· It’s Bike to the Market Dayat Midtown FarmersMarket on Saturday, July 27. The day will feature performances, a group bike ride and information on reusable bag making. The Market will also be open on Tuesday, July 30.

· On Saturdays from now until September 21, CANDO’s Plant-Grow-Share program invites the community to The Little Free Farmers’ Market Saturday Distributions. Next week, CANDO and other local organizations present New 90’s Car ShowonSaturday, August 3.

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

· The Midtown Greenway Coalition invites the community to its biggest event of the year, the Greenway Glow Arts Festival and VIP Bike Rides on Saturday, July 27.

· If you’re a fan of vintage clothing and other treasures, don’t miss the Minneapolis Vintage Market at ASIonSunday, July 28.

· PPNA and Powderhorn Park are proud to offer the Powderhorn Art Fair on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4. Come enjoy a nearly 30 year South Minneapolis arts tradition.

· East Phillips Park and Mia co-sponsor Movies in the Park: Rumble, a documentary about Naïve Americans’ involvement in popular music on Sunday, August 4.

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 7-16 to 7-22-19

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

  • 22 Part 1 crimes reported. Down from 24 last week.
  • Part 1 crimes breakdown: rape-1, robbery-2, aggravated assault-3, burglary-4, auto theft-2 and larceny/theft-10.
  • 6 violent crimes reported. Same as last week.
  • Violent crime breakdown: rape -1, robbery-2, aggravated assault-3.
  • Aggravated assault breakdown:domestic-1, non-domestic-2.
  • 1 crime with a business victim– a robbery.
  • 16 offenders arrested and taken into custody by MPD.
  • 7felony arrests, marked in yellow.
  • Arrests made in the rape, 2 aggravated assaults and 1 auto theft.

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

Midtown Part 1 Crime Details

Violent Crimes

Rape (1)

7-22, 2:09 pm 30xx 14th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) The reporting party showed officers a video that documented a sexual assault involving a juvenile victim that had just occurred on his property. Officers located the suspect, Santiago R Montano, nearby and arrested him.

Robbery (2)

7-17, 9:25 pm 32nd St E & Clinton Ave S (Central neighborhood) The victim was walking in an alley and was approached by 4 suspects-2 male and 2 female. The females pushed the victims to the ground and the males went through his pants pockets and took several items. A female suspect left her phone at the scene.

7-21, 5:57 pm 7xx Lake St E (Phillips West neighborhood) Business 2 suspects left the business with 2 rolls of window tint. The victim (an employee) asked for both rolls back but the suspects returned only 1. The victim then tried to gather information on the suspects’ vehicle. The suspects returned saying they had a gun. There is surveillance footage.

Aggravated Assault (3)

7-18, 3:25 am 30xx 15th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) DomesticThe suspect chased the victim and threatened her with a knife. The victim fell and sustained minor injuries. Anthony Dewayne Shiner was arrested.

7-19, 4:05 am 30xx Bloomington Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) The suspect struck the victim with a baseball bat. Lawrence Allen Oakgrove III was arrested.

7-20, 2:30 am 30xx Clinton Ave S (Central neighborhood) According to a witness,4 unknown suspects beat the victim, using their hands and feet. The unconscious victim was unable to speak with officers.

Property Crimes

Burglary (4)

7-18, 2:30 pm 31xx 4th Ave S (Central neighborhood)Entry:Window broken but no entry. Loss: None. The juvenile victim struck the suspect in the head with a glass vase as he attempted to enter. The suspect ran away.

7-19, 5:50 am 9xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) BusinessEntry: Unforced. Loss: Cash register and tip jar, both containing cash. Video footage is available.

7-20, 8:30 am 29xx Bloomington Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)Entry:Unknown. Loss: A bicycle. The victim interrupted an unknown suspect who was trying to steal a bicycle from the garage. The suspect fled. The victim later noticed another bicycle was missing.

7-22, 5:00 am 31xx 3rd Ave S (Central neighborhood)Entry: Unknown. Loss: None. The unknown suspect entered and searched the garage and the vehicle parked inside but didn’t take anything.

Auto Theft (2)

7-20, 4:00 am 3xx Lake St E (Phillips West neighborhood)The victim left the vehicle unlocked and running and went inside to get some food. When he returned, the vehicle was gone.

7-21, 9:15 pm 32nd St E & 10th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Officers observed the suspect driving a bait vehicle and followed him. After a short chase, the suspect fled the vehicle. Officers pursued him on foot, then caught and arrested Salvadore Alexander Valverde.

Theft/Larceny (10)

Bike Theft

7-16 28th St E & 4th Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)

7-19 31xx 12th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)


7-20 8xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

Theft from Motor Vehicle

7-19 Lake St E & 3rd Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)

7-19 31xx 5th Ave S (Central neighborhood)

7-19 29xx 3rd Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)

7-21 29xx 18th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

7-22 31xx 10th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)

Theft from Person

7-22 28xx Park Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)

Other Theft

7-17 10xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

MPD Arrests in Midtown This Week

Arrestees Taken into Custody (7 Felony, 16 Total)

7-16, 11:20 am 30xx 12th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) James Wesley Wilkes: Probation Violation.

7-16, 11:45 pm 17xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood) Omar Abdiziz Isse:1 Felony Warrant (for Second Degree Aggravated Robbery).

7-17, 5:01 am Lake St E & 13th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)Bobby Lidell Brown: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Felony), 3rd Degree Narcotics Violation (Felony); Bobby Earl Medlock Jr: 1 Felony Warrant (for 3rd Degree Narcotics).

7-17, 5:45 am 29th St E & Bloomington Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)Kelvin Christopher 1 Felony Warrant (for Simple Robbery); Anthony Smith: 1 Misdemeanor Warrant (for Theft).

7-17, 6:48 pm 10xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)Olivia Rachel Porter: 1 Misdemeanor Warrant (for Uninsured Vehicle).

7-18, 3:25 am 30xx 15th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Anthony Dewayne Shiner: 2nd Degree Domestic Assault (Felony).

7-19, 4:05 am 30xx 15th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Lawrence Allen Oakgrove III: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Felony).

7-19, 1:46 pm Lake St E & Clinton Ave S (Central neighborhood) Twaminka Loulakay Ferguson: 1 Gross Misdemeanor Warrant (for No Proof of Insurance).

7-21, 9:15 pm 32nd St E & 10th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Salvadore Alexander Valverde: Motor Vehicle Theft (Felony).

7-22, 1:06 am 30xx Oakland Ave S (Central neighborhood)Chartell Lamont Williams: 1 Warrant.

7-22, 3:05 am 32nd St E & Chicago Ave S (Central neighborhood)Liban Abdikarin Ahmed: 1 Misdemeanor Warrant.

7-22, 12:12 pm 10xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)Toscar C Carpenter Jr: Narcotics Violation (Felony).

7-22, 2:09 pm 30xx 14th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Santiago R Montano: Criminal Sexual Conduct-Rape (Felony).

7-22, 8:17 pm Lake St E & Bloomington Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Deka Osman Abdi: Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle (Felony).

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.

Community Events and Announcements

Midtown Global Market

Mobile MiaFriday, 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. 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.

Backyard Community Health Hub Dialogue Thursday, August 1, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 920 Lake St E, Central Plaza

Join neighbors and friends for a discussion on diabetes and tips to lead a healthier life.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT)

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

Imagine MayDay IBPOC CharretteTuesday, July 30, 12:00 to 1:30 pm. Location TBD

HOBT together with Imagine Deliver have been hosting a creative design process this summer to imagine and co-create what’s next for MayDay and HOBT through a series of Artist Charrettes — collaborative sessions in which a group of artists and creatives map solutions.

Understanding the value of and desire for a space where IBPOC artists can address issues of equity and accessibility as a caucus, we have added a 4th IBPOC charrette to the calendar.

Dameun Strange and Imagine Deliver, together with artist organizers from the community, will curate a IBPOC-only space, centering the voices of indigenous, Black and artists of color to map solutions and act as a launch pad for the creation of an Imagine MayDay Transition Team.

Please RSVP here:

Location TBD; more details coming soon!

Artist participants will be compensated for their time and contributions with either 3 hours of free rehearsal or workshop space at HOBT, or a $40 gift card to either Welna Hardware, MayDay Cafe, or the People’s Movement Center.

Midtown Farmers Market

Bike to the Market DaySaturday, July 27, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. 3032 Minnehaha Ave S.

You won’t want to miss Bike to the Market Day ! You’ll find performances by Open Eye Figure Theatre, a group ride led by Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop and Coffee Bar , performances organized by Ben Weaver, reusable bag making with artists Lauren Callis and Laura Brown – all sponsored by The Hub Bike Co-op.

Make sure to get you Bicycle Rewards Program card punched – find us at the green info tent for more information! 😉🚲

The Market will also be open on Tuesday, July 30, 3:00 to 7:00 pm.


The Little Free Farmers’ Market Saturday Distributions

Join us any Saturday morning now through September 21st! We gather at Hosmer Garden (4th Ave S & E 36th St) to harvest at 9:00, and then bike around and chat with neighbors until 12 PM.

New 90’s Car Show Saturday, August 3,2:00 to 5:00 pm. Green Central Park, 324 35th St E.

Check out 80’s/90’s cars, video games, music clothing and much more!

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.

Our annual Greenway Glow event will be on Saturday, July 27th, from 6 p.m. to Midnight, along the Midtown Greenway.

MAP to the festival: Art Map

Want to join a VIP Bike Ride at the Glow and help support the Greenway? Plus get free tacos from Taco Cat and craft beer from Eastlake Craft Brewery? Sign up here:

Want to Volunteer at the Glow? Click here: Volunteer for the Glow

See you at the Glow!

American Swedish Institute

Minneapolis Vintage Market at ASISunday, July 28, 12:00 to 5:00 pm, 2600 Park Ave S

Experience a Swedish-inspired loppis! Grab a refreshing drink from FIKA café and peruse the goods of vintage vendors from across the Midwest sprawled across the lawn of the Turnblad Mansion. Come inside to learn tips on sustainable fashion and to see ASI’s special exhibit, The Vikings Begin. Museum admission sold separately. Shoppers who donate an article of clothing will gain complimentary admission to the museum.

Minneapolis Vintage Market is a monthly marketplace focused on premium vintage and one-of-a-kind treasures. The market is mobile and pops up at venues throughout the Twin Cities featuring a rotating selection of vendors each month.


Purchase an Early Bird Admission ticket to gain access to the market an hour before it opens to the general public. Browse 40 amazing vendors without the crowds, get first pick of one-of-a-kind vintage treasures, and shop at your leisure. Your Early Bird Admission ticket includes fresh roasted coffee to sip on while you shop.

ASI members save 50% on Early Bird Admission to the Minneapolis Vintage Market! Contact us to get the code for your $5 Early Bird ticket. A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available. Early Bird Admission tickets are non-refundable.


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Early Bird Admission, $10 (ticket holders only)
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – General Admission (free, no ticket needed)

Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA)

Powderhorn Art FairSaturday, August 3, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, August 4, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave S.

PPNA and Powderhorn Park are thrilled to invite you to the Powderhorn Art Fair! Shop hundreds of local and regional artists on serene Powderhorn Lake, taste foods from local food trucks and enjoy exploring the Powderhorn Community.

This has been the best regionally juried art fair for nearly three decades. It attracts artists from 26 states and 216 cities making it a local and regional favorite. A portion of the proceeds supports youth programming at Powderhorn Park.

For more information and to volunteer see

East Phillips Park

Movies in the Park: RumbleSunday, August 4,Program at 7:30 pm, movie at dusk. 2307 17th Ave S

Join Mia (Minneapolis Institute of Art) in celebrating Native women. Inspired by “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists,” and as part of Minneapolis Parks Movies in the Parks series, Mia will present a miniseries of films by and about Native artists and activists. Pre-film activities curated by MCAD student and filmmaker Courtney Cochran start at 7:30 p.m. Films begin at dusk.

The August 4 movie, at East Philips Park is Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World
This is a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.

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