Midtown Weekly Crime Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending October 28, 2019

Hello from John B at Midtown Safety Center. Here is the Midtown weekly crime report with community announcements for the week ending 10-28-19.

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.

Reported serious crime in Midtown decreased this week. Here are the details:

  • There were 11 Part 1 (most serious) crimes this week, down from 16 last week and 14 two weeks ago.
  • 2 violent crimes were reported-1 robbery and 1 aggravated assault. There were 6 violent crimes last week.
  • There were 0 business robberies and 0 business burglaries.
  • Police took 7 offenders in Midtown into custody this week.
  • 3 of these arrests were for felonies.
  • As of the date of this report, arrests had been made in 1 of the burglaries.
  • The 3rd Precinct continued to have 1 focused enforcement zone in Midtown.

Midtown Community Safety Center offers a number of free services and items to the community, including gun locks, no trespassing signs, access to interpreters and even condoms! Please stop by.

The 4 Phillips neighborhoods and Little Earth are holding a special public hearing on the proposed 2020 Public Safety budget on Thursday, November 7 at 6:00 pm. See the flyer reprinted below for details. This is a great chance to share your thoughts!

I have included announcements from 9 other organizations this week. Please see the report (below and attached) for more details on these items:

  • The 13th Annual Powderhorn Empty Bowlsis today (Friday, November 1). This is a delicious way to help fight hunger-participants pay for a community meal of soup and bread and can take home their hand-crafted bowl!
  • The Minneapolis Health Department invites anyone interested in how the City is handling the opioid epidemic to Community Update and Training: Safe Needle Disposalon Saturday, November 2.
  • The Day of the Deadcelebration in Central neighborhood on Saturday, November 2 combines Mexican family activities with honoring political ancestors of all nationalities. Everyone welcome!
  • The Lake Street Council invites the community to their annual Lake Street Bashfundraiser on Thursday, November 7 for food, drinks and all sorts of fun!
  • Among many other events, Midtown Global Market is offering Backyard Community Health Hub Dialogue-Diabetes on Thursday, November 7and Neighborhood Night-Coyote Stories, an indigenous-themed puppet show from In the Heart of the Beast, on Thursday, November 14.
  • Powderhorn Park is sure to sound amazing on Thursday, November 7 when the Whitney B. leads an impromptu community choir in Calling All Voices. All invited; no prior music or singing experience necessary!
  • People concerned about local crime and safety are encouraged to attend the next South Minneapolis Public Safety Coalition Meetingon Wednesday, November 13. This will be a special evening session.
  • In the Heart of the Beast and East Lake Brewery are partnering to present Metomorpho*sip,8 evenings ofdrinks, puppet fun and fundraising from Thursday, November 14 to Thursday, November 21.
  • The United States Census 2020 is hiring and encourages interested people to Join the 2020 Census Team. Local jobs pay between $12.00 and $34.00 per hour and there are many openings.

I always appreciate your announcements and comments!

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

Feel free to 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

Crime Prevention Specialist

Midtown Community Safety Center

Minneapolis Police Department

2949 Chicago Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55407



Midtown Area Crime Report and Announcements

Week of 10-22 to 10-28-19

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

Part 1 crime, including violent crime, was down this week. Here are the details:

  • 11 Part 1 crimes reported. Down from 16 last week.
  • Part 1 crimes breakdown: Robbery-1, aggravated assault-1, burglary-5, larceny/theft-4.
  • 2 violent crimes reported. Down from 6 last week.
  • Violent crime breakdown: Robbery-1, aggravated assault-1.
  • Aggravated assault breakdown: Domestic-0, non-domestic-1.
  • 0 business burglaries; 0 business robberies.
  • 7 offenders total arrested and taken into custody by MPD.
  • 3 of these werefor felony crimes, marked in yellow.
  • Arrests made in 1 burglary.

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

Midtown Part 1 Crime Details

Violent Crimes

Robbery (1)

10-25, 3:33 pm 31st St E & 23rd Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood) Three high school students were beaten by a group of 10-15 teenagers. The suspects apparently stole a phone belonging to one of the victims. Two victims were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. One victim said the incident began as a one-on-one fight.

Aggravated Assault (1)

10-24, 6:52 pm 28xx Bloomington Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood) Officers found that the victim had been shot in the right foot and left hand. The victim first stated that the shots came from a car driving north and he didn’t know who shot him. Later, the victim changed his description of the incident, saying he got into an altercation with a man who pulled out a gun and fired at him several times. Soon after, someone in a vehicle travelling northbound shot at him once.

Property Crimes

Burglary (5)

10-23, 4:51 pm 31xx Cedar Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood) Entry: Forced door. Arrestee 2 [Serenity Joy Jones] is a non-custodial parent of the juvenile victim. Arrestee 2 and Arrestee 1 [Dennis
Michael Brann]
forcefully took custody of the juvenile victim in violation of a court order, which made the incident a kidnapping as well as a burglary.

10-25, Between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm 31xx Chicago Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Entry: Broken glass pane in rear door. Loss: Bottles of alcohol and a glass jar containing change.

10-28, 7:50 am 29xx Park Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood) Entry: Unlocked door. Loss: Computer and electronics. The home was occupied. One victim confronted the 3 suspects and they fled.

10-28, 8:00 am 29xx 18th Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood) Entry: Apartment door kicked in. Loss: Car keys. The victim then discovered his vehicle was missing. The victim has suspect information.

10-28, Between 10:00 am and 10:45 pm 29xx 3rd Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood) Entry: Broken windows. Loss: Cash, computer hardware, bicycles.

Theft/Larceny (4)

Theft from Motor Vehicle

10-26 16xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)

Other Theft

10-23 10xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

10-28 29xx 11th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

10-28 29xx Columbus Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)

MPD Arrests in Midtown This Week

Arrestees Taken into Custody (3 Felony, 7 Total)

10-23, 4:51 pm 31xx Cedar Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood) Dennis Michael Brann & Serenity Joy Jones: Burglary (Felony); Kidnapping (Felony).

10-25, 7:45 am 2xx Lake St E (Phillips West neighborhood) Mariah Rose Bosto: 1 Felony Warrant, 3 Other Warrants.

10-25, 1:00 pm 31xx 19th Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood) Juvenile: Possession of Prescription Drugs.

10-27, 6:03 pm Lake St E & 17th Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood) Kevin Eugene Davis Jr: Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle (Felony).

10-27, 11:46 pm 2xx Lake St E (Central neighborhood) Issak Ibrahim Robe: 2nd DWI Within 5 Years; Possession of Prescription Drugs.

10-28, 4:55 pm 8xx 28th St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) Leonard Dester-Elias Thompson: 1 Warrant.

Please let me know if you’d like any additional information about any of these arrests.

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.

• Focus area extended to Clinton Ave S

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

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.

• Camera was placed at 29th St E & 16th Ave S

Problem Properties

• Neighborhood Coordination Officers worked on 1 address in Midtown:

  • 29xx 12th Ave S

Free Now at Midtown Community Safety Center!

  • Gun locks
  • No trespassing signs
  • Interpreters
  • FAX
  • Copying
  • Condoms
  • Water
  • Candy

November 7th, 2019 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Center for Changing Lives Building at 2400 Park Avenue South

The Phillips West Neighborhood Organization in partnership with other Phillips neighbors are concerned with the lack of Public Safety Resources in the 3rd Precinct, Sector 1 which is geographically defined by 94 to North, Hiawatha to the East, Lake Street to the South and 35W to the West. The Police Chief told the Mayor & City Council that the Police Department would need an additional 400 Police Officers to keep up with the demand of 911 calls. Mayor Jacob Frey is only proposing 14 new Police Officers in his 2020 Budget.

We want to reach out to as many people as we can about your crime concerns, and other problems you are experiencing.

The City Council is hosting only three Public Hearings on its 2020 Budget before final passage set to take place December 11th. One of those Hearings will be held in the middle of most people’s work day from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The others will be held in the evening December 4th and 11th. Last year residents waited up to seven hours to testify on the proposed budget. A lot of stakeholders have expressed the desire for more Police but are unable to make it to City Hall for a variety of reasons (time commitment, bullying from anti-police groups, transportation, cost of parking, etc.).

We need your help and support to make the neighborhood a safer place to live! Therefore we have decided to hold our own Public Hearing on Public Safety for Stakeholders of the four Phillips Neighborhoods & Little Earth. Somali TV will tape the hearing and we will send our video to each City Council member & the Mayor as our official testimony!

This event will take place Thursday November 7th, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Center for Changing Lives Building located at 2400 Park Avenue South, Centrum Room. Enter from the Oakland Avenue entrance (the Park Avenue Entrance will be locked). There is free parking in the adjacent Oakland Avenue lot. The Building is Wheelchair accessible. Snacks & Beverages will be provided. If you think crime is a serious issue please come and make your voice heard!


For more information on this event please contact:

Crystal Windschitl at (612) 879-5383 pwno2005

Community Events and Announcements

Powderhorn Empty Bowls

13th Annual Powderhorn Empty Bowls Friday, November 1, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave S.

Come together with your friends and neighbors for a community meal of bread and soup to help raise money to feed those that are hungry in our neighborhood. Pick out a handmade bowl donated by a local potter for your meal, and when you leave, take your bowl home with you – now empty – as a reminder that you’ve done something good to help your neighbors who are without.

Art Feeds Us!

Donation: $20.
One bowl per adult in-person attendee.

Minneapolis Health Department

Community Update and Training: Safe Needle Disposal Saturday, November 2, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Sabathani Community Center Gym, 310 38th St E.

Learn what the City of Minneapolis is doing in response to the opioid epidemic, specifically addressing the syringe litter. This event will include updates from the Minneapolis Health Department and a training provided by Industrial Hygiene Services Corporation (IHSC) on safe needle disposal.

La Cucha Continua

Day of the Dead Saturday, November 2, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. CTUL, 3715 Chicago Ave S.

This Dia de los Muertos community event brings together traditional Mexican family celebration with the honoring of our political ancestors from all movements and lineages. Food, fun, all-ages participation, creativity and history surrounded by the art of the Another World is Possible exhibit!

11am-3pm Art and flower making
4pm-8pm community potluck, ancestor altar, procession and ceremony

Learn more on Facebook >

Lake Street Council

Lake Street Bash Thursday, November 7, 5:00 to 8:00 pm. FIVE event Center, 2917 Bryant Ave S.

We’re celebrating Lake Street’s business community with drinks, food, and fun! Enjoy a variety of local beer, wine, aguas frescas, a silent auction, games, and good company with other corridor stakeholders.

· Two Tickets to the Minnesota Vikings vs Denver Broncos on Sun, Nov 17. Donated by N.R. Development / Stonewood Properties.

· $150 gift certificate for La Loma Tamales catering.

· A two night stay at the Moxy Hotel Uptown.

· Illustrated headshot from Next Day Animations.

Have you ever played our Wall of Luck? For just $25, you get the chance win a gift card from one of these Lake Street restaurants worth $25, $50 or $100!

Lake & Irving

Salsa A La Salsa
Fig + Farro
Gandhi Mahal

My Burger
Fuji Ya
Taqueria La Hacienda
William’s Pub
Birchwood Cafe
French Meadow Cafe
Geek Love Cafe
Hammer & Sickle
Hot Indian Foods
La La Ice Cream
Punch Pizza

The Fremont
Tiny Diner
Zoe’s Cafe
Bryant Lake Bowl
Midtown Global Market
Pat’s Tap
Dairy Queen
Stella’s Fish Cafe
Andy’s Garage
Blue Plate Co
Himalayan Restaurant
Ramen Kazama
The Bungalow Club

$25 Presale, $35 Door


Midtown Global Market

Backyard Community Health Hub Dialogue-DiabetesThursday, November 7, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.920 Lake St E.

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

Neighborhood Night-Coyote Stories Thursday, November 14, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.920 Lake St E. (Presented by In the Heart of the Beast)

Nimisee the clown will tell some favorite trickster tales of that lovable scamp, Coyote. Drawing from the stories of the Assiniboine of the Great Plains, the Aztecs of Mexico and the Okanagun and Salishan of the Great Basin, Coyote is a hero, a creator, and a self-centered show off with a kind heart. At a time when so many things cause us to weep, Coyote brings us together, nurtures our spirit, and reminds us to laugh. By Julie Boada. Performed in English

See the Facebook event:

Whitney B. Music

Calling All VoicesThursday, November 7, 6:30 pm.Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave S.

Join the fun and your neighbors in learning diverse songs that offer insight, good times, and empowerment to all. No music or singing experience necessary. Donation-based.

Learn More >

Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association

South Minneapolis Public Safety Coalition Meeting Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Transition Plus High School, 2015 Lake St E.

You can access materials from the current Safety & Livability Campaign here: https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdrive.google.com%2Fdrive%2Ffolders%2F1-tTopaHdzHzmdvE1QAjg0wkckLqek259&data=02%7C01%7CJohn.Baumann%40minneapolismn.gov%7C37ba25f1b4c64417125508d74e799bc0%7C0bfb3f5ae8ea4d54b0212b2f910c715f%7C0%7C1%7C637064156880702055&sdata=pEjXMQSQptRRQtOl%2BJy84taz%2F3x0nM5VMvmIi8Gc6Eo%3D&reserved=0

In the Heart of the Beast

Metomorpho*sip Thursday, November 14 to Thursday, November 21, 6:30 to 8:00 pm. 1500 Lake St E.

HOBT and our partners at East Lake Brewery (located in the Midtown Global Market) invite you to Metamorpho*sip a relaxed evening of drinks and puppet fun to celebrate Give to the Max and the generosity of our community.

Make a donation of any amount and your first beer (or kombucha!) is on HOBT!

Come in your butterfly best! We’ve got a great night planned for you including:

A performance of Spit V. Take, the latest from Steve Ackerman (with Akiko, Sulia Altenburg, Jon Mac Cole, Noah Sommers Haas, Maren Ward, Emily Zimmer) at 8:30pm

Get your photo taken in a puppet photo booth by Honu Foto

And, be the first to see this year’s HOBT Winter Magnet design (you know, the colorful magnets you’ve seen on refrigerators across South Minneapolis) with a fun unveiling.

Why Metamorpho*sip? Because MayDay has entered a period of transformation, a metamorphosis as we take a year off of producing MayDay. You can read more about this important work here: hobt.org/imagine

Have kiddos? Get to the market early to catch Neighborhood Night: Coyote Stories at 5:30pm, a FREE puppet show for kids and families, a partnership of HOBT & Midtown Global Market!

Join the 2020 Census Team!

2020 Census jobs provide:

  • Great pay
  • Flexible hours
  • Weekly pay
  • Paid training

Supervisory positions in MN pay $14.50 to $34.00 per hour

Non-Supervisory Position in MN pay $12.00 to $22.00 per hour

Apply at 2020census.gov/jobs

For more information or help applying, call 855-562-2020

The U.S. Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer

19 Midtown Weekly Report, 10-28.doc

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s