Midtown Weekly Crime Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending August 19, 2019

Greetings from John B at Midtown Safety Center! Here is the Midtown weekly crime report with community announcements for the week ending 8-19-19.

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 18 Part 1 (most serious) crimes in Midtown this week, the same as last week.
  • 7 violent crimes were reported-1 rape, 3 robberies and 3 aggravated assaults. The same total as last week.
  • 1 of the aggravated assaults was a domestic.
  • There was 1 burglary of an occupied home. (Children were home without an adult.)
  • There were 5 thefts from motor vehicles. I have included a few tips for preventing this kind of crime.
  • Police took 5 offenders in Midtown into custody this week.
  • 3 of these arrests were for felony crimes.
  • Arrests were made in 2 of the aggravated assaults.
  • The 3rd Precinct continued to have 1 focused enforcement zone in Midtown.

I have included announcements from 8 local organizations this week. Please see the report (below and attached) for more details on these items.

· The Midtown FarmersMarket’s Saturday Marketon Saturday, August 23 features its unique mix of entertainment, community tables and, of course, outstanding fresh food. The Market will also be open on Tuesday, August 27.

· On Saturdays from now until September 21, CANDO’s Plant-Grow-Share program invites the community to The Little Free Farmers Market Saturday Distributions.

· Midtown Global Market continues its tradition of diverse, fun events. For example, on Saturday, August 23 veteran folk/pop duet Cabin of Loveperforms a concert. On Tuesday, August 27, it’s time to get exercising with Step into Health with J Most.Then the Midtown Book Club discussesThere,There by Tommy Orange on Thursday, August 29.

· Rainbow Family of the Living Light invites the community to the Minnesota Rainbow Family Potluckat Powderhorn Park on Saturday, August 24. Vegan, vegetarian and meat items to grill will be provided; people are encouraged to bring other items to share.

· Sunday, August 25offers a great chance to safely explore Franklin Ave by foot, bike, skateboard, skates or other non-motorized methods at Open Streets Franklin. Enjoy activities involving the American Indian Corridor, Hope Community, Seward Co-op Creamery Café and many other local organizations.

· For some unique, free, outdoor fun, check out the Circus in the Park 2019 Free Public Show on Sunday, August 25. No animals involved; all human performers!

· Children and their favorite adults can enjoy songs and picture book stories at Storytime with Mama Rayon Monday, August 26 at Moon Palace Books .

· In the Heart of the Beast presents Indigo World: End of Summer + queenDuin Birthday Blowout, nights of art, music, dancing and more, on Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31.

I always appreciate your announcements and comments!

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

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

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 8-13 to 8-19-19

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

  • 18 Part 1 crimes reported. Same as last week.
  • Part 1 crimes breakdown: Robbery-3, aggravated assault-4, burglary-4, arson-1, larceny/theft-6.
  • 7 violent crimes reported. Same as last week.
  • Violent crime breakdown: Robbery-3, aggravated assault-4.
  • Aggravated assault breakdown:Domestic-1, non-domestic-3.
  • 1 burglary of an occupied home.
  • 5 thefts from motor vehicles.
  • 5 total offenders arrested and taken into custody by MPD.
  • 3 of these werefelony arrests, marked in yellow.
  • Arrests made in 2 aggravated assaults.

*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)

8-14, 5:50 pm 8xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) The victim was walking in a parking lot when the suspect approached, pushed the victim and took his shoes.

8-15, 1:05 am 32nd St E & Portland Ave S (Central neighborhood) The suspect asked the victim for a cigarette. The suspect said he didn’t have one. The suspect then pointed a revolver at the victim and demanded everything he had. The victim gave the suspect his cell phone and then the suspect hit the victim with the revolver.

8-17, 10:45 am 8xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) Business The customer suspect was carrying numerous items. The employee victim explained that store policy was that a customer could hold only 4 items at a time. The suspect refused to give up the extra items so the victim grabbed some. The suspect got angry, pulled a knife, grabbed more items and exited the store. There is surveillance footage.

Aggravated Assault (4)

8-13, 7:00 am 28th St E & Bloomington Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood or East Phillips neighborhood) The victim was walking on the Greenway. The known suspect hit the victim in the head numerous times with a male rod. The victim didn’t know why he was attacked.

8-17, 2:00 pm 30xx Bloomington Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Domestic The arrestee [Andrew
Dale Oakgrove]
struck the victim in the face and head with a chair several times.The victim had a possible brain injury and broken nose.

8-17, 5:10 pm 29xx 16th Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood) The arrestee [Contessa
Jo Ortley]
spit at and kicked the officers who arrested her.

8-17, 6:50 pm 29xx Chicago Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) The victim is a security guard, who escorted the unknown suspect off the property. The suspect returned and threatened the victim with a possible knife.

Property Crimes

Burglary (4)

8-14, 7:51 am 30xx 19th Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood) Occupied Entry: Open window. Loss: Jewelry. Note: The home was occupied by 2 children at the time of the burglary.

8-14, Between 4:20 and 4:25 pm 31xx Portland Ave S (Central neighborhood)Entry:Forced front door. Loss: None noticed at time of the report. Note: The victim and her family saw the unknown suspect in the duplex unit when they arrived home.

Between 8-14, 11:00 pm and 8-15, 4:00 am 29xx 13th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) Garage Entry: Unforced into underground garage. The door wasn’t working and had been removed. Loss: Laptop, battery charger. Note: The loss was taken from the victim’s vehicle, which may have been left unlocked.

Between 8-14, 11:00 pm and 8-15, 8:00 am 29xx 13th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) Garage Entry: Entry: Unforced into underground garage. The door wasn’t working and had been removed. Loss: Computer. Note: The loss was taken from the victim’s vehicle, which had tape securing one of the windows.

Arson (1)

8-14, 9:07 pm 3xx Lake St E (Central neighborhood) Business Video footage indicates that a juvenile suspect set a pile of cardboard in a hallway on fire. The sprinkler system put it out.

Theft/Larceny (8)

Bike Theft

8-17 Lake St E & 10th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

Theft from Motor Vehicle

8-16 30xx Portland Ave S (Central neighborhood)

8-16 3xx Lake St E (Central neighborhood)

8-16 28xx 11th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

8-17 3xx Lake St E (Phillips West neighborhood)

8-18 30xx 17th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)

Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts

8-14 28xx 17th Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood)

Other Theft

8-16 8xx 28th St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

MPD Arrests in Midtown This Week

Arrestees Taken into Custody (3 Felony, 5 Total)

8-13, 4:58 pm 31xx 10th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Tonya Lynn Wasick:Violate Domestic No Contact Order, 1 Warrant (for Domestic Assault).

8-13, 7:35 pm 28th St E & 21st Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood) Heriberto Najera-Gomez: Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Felony), 1 Felony Warrant, 5 Additional Warrants.

8-17, 2:05 am 28xx Cedar Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood) Cederic Jerome Whitehead: 5th Degree Domestic Assault.

8-17, 2:00 pm 30xx Bloomington Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Andrew Dale Oakgrove: 3rd Degree Domestic Assault (Felony).

8-17, 5:10 pm 29xx 16th Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood) Contessa Jo Ortley: 4th Degree Assault (Felony), Obstruct Legal Process with Force, 1 Warrant.

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.

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 a property in the 2900 block of 13th Ave S.

Keep Thieves Out of Your Vehicle

  • Keep as few valuables as possible in your vehicle. Leave things you don’t need at home.
  • Store valuables that you must carry in your trunk or out of sight before reaching your destination.
  • Park in a well-lit area whenever possible.
  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the vehicle.

The Minneapolis Police Department needs your help in stopping theft:

  • Call 911 if you see suspicious behavior in or near a vehicle. Be ready to give your location and describe the vehicle, people and behavior involved.
  • Call 311 (or 612-673-3000) if someone has damaged or stolen things from your vehicle. Reporting is important because it helps the police department determine crime patterns.

Community Events and Announcements

Midtown Farmers Market

Saturday MarketSaturday, August 24, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. 3032 Minnehaha Ave S.

Enjoy Heart of a Tinman on the Market Stage, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Learn about Market Science, Master Gardeners, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, Urban Arts Academy and Animal Rights Coalition at Community Tables. And don’t forget the great food!

The Market will also be open on Tuesday, August 27, 3:00 to 7:00 pm.


The Little Free Farmers’ Market Saturday Distributions

Join in 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.

Midtown Global Market

Saturday Sounds: Cabin of LoveSaturday, August 24, 12:30 pm. 920 Lake St E.

Mostly original folk/pop from St. Paul-based Julia and Nathan Bloom, who’ve been playing together more than 20 years.

Step into Health with J MostTuesday, August 27, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 920 Lake St E.

Join the Backyard Community Health Hub for some healthy activity!

Midtown Book Club: There,There by Tommy OrangeThursday, August 29, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 920 Lake St E, Greenway Conference Room.

Rainbow Family of the Living Light

Minnesota Rainbow Family PotluckSaturday, August 24,3:30 pm. Powderhorn Park 3400 15th Ave S.

August’s Potluck for the Rainbow Family of Living Light will have Vegetarian, Vegan and also Meat on the BBQ grill. Nothing’s better than having our local, new and reoccurring fam show up and spend the afternoon with us and bring smiles, love, peace and happiness. Bring your own dish, floral arrangements, drinks, brews, and desserts if possible to share with our family. We Love you and hope you make it! Don’t be shy to ask local fam for carpooling to the potluck! We promise to bring ALL the grill accessories this time

Open Streets Minneapolis

Open Streets FranklinSunday, August 25, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Franklin Ave E from Portland to 27th Ave S.

Explore one of Minneapolis’ unique corridors by bike, foot, skateboard – or however you like – without the presence of motor vehicles. Visit with local businesses, artists, community organizations, and of course, your neighbors. With over 100 groups hosting activities on the street, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

American Indian Cultural Corridor

Visit the American Indian Cultural Corridor from 11th Ave S to Bloomington Ave. Along the corridor, folks can enjoy storytelling, live music, the Four Sisters Farmers Market, health resources, music from KFAI radio, and more. On Franklin & 11th be sure to stop by the UnHoly Tour & TiWakan to take a walking tour with Native hosts and listen to live music.

Hope Community, Inc.
Local housing and community organization Hope Community Inc. will host a hub of activities outside their location on Franklin & Portland. Stop by for Shaah Iyo Sheeko community conversations, live music and dance performances, and delicious food from local businesses like Moroccan Flavors.

Seward Co-op Creamery Café

Join the Seward Co-op and Springboard for the Arts at Franklin & 26th Ave. Enjoy live music, $5 sandwich specials, Fair State beer, ice cream, kombucha, and samples from local producers. Before you leave, check out the kid’s activities provided by Midwest Food Connection.

Circus in the Park & 2 Defy Gravity

Circus in the Park 2019 Free Public Show Sunday, August 25, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave S

Join us for a FREE public circus arts performance on August 25th! 2 Defy Gravity is collaborating with other local performers to put on an unforgettable outdoor show right here in Minneapolis! Come enjoy performances on trapeze, silks, lyra, and more! The show starts at 2 pm with some pre-show festivities beforehand. Come early to get a great seat on the grassy hill overlooking the lake at beautiful Powderhorn Park!

**note there are no animals used in the show, just human performers and there are no large circus tents so the event is dependent on rain free weather**

Moon Palace Books

Storytime with Mama RayMonday, August 26, 10:30 to 11:00 am. 3032 Minnehaha Ave.

Chase your Monday morning blues away! Join us for Songs & Stories with Mama Ray (aka Rachel Gabriel), an award-winning writer and teaching artist who loves to share the transformative power of literature with people of all ages.

All kids and their favorite adults are welcome for a FREE, half-hour opportunity to sing and listen to picture book stories, many of them by local writers and illustrators.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

Indigo World: End of Summer + queenDuin Birthday Blowout Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31, 9:00 pm to 1:00 am. 1500 Lake St E.

Come experience a night of music, art, creativity, community, and dancing with Indigo Crew. We will be celebrating queenDuin’s birthday + Virgo season!

Indigo DJ Crew is Michel.Be, Lady Em, queenDuin, and TaliaKnight.

Live visuals by Nolan Morice. Art by Donald Thomas.

Sliding scale entry $5-$15. HOBT’s bar will be open (accepts cash & cards). The event is 18+, 21 to drink.

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