Midtown Weekly Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending 1-27-20

Hello from John B at Midtown Safety Center in South Minneapolis. Here is the Midtown weekly crime report with community announcements for the week ending January 27, 2020. (This is the first report since Friday, January 10.)

The text of the report is reprinted below the Safety Center logo. The attached document may be easier to read.

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.

Here are the details on crime in Midtown last week:

  • There were 14 Part 1 (most serious) crimes reported-1 robbery, 2 aggravated assaults, 3 burglaries, 6 auto thefts and 2 larcenies.
  • 3 violent crimes were reported-1 robbery and 2 aggravated assaults.
  • In 5 of the 6 auto thefts, the victim left the vehicle while it was running. This invites a thief to steal the car! Stay in your vehicle whenever it is running and when you leave it, be sure to take all keys and fobs!
  • Police took 10 offenders in Midtown into custody this week.
  • 5 of these arrests were for felony crimes.
  • Felony arrests were made in 1 aggravated assault and 1 burglary.
  • Neighborhood Coordination Officers worked on 1 property in Midtown.

I’d like to remind everyone that Midtown Safety Center offers a variety of free items and services to the community including gun locks, no trespassing signs, access to interpreters, FAX, copying, police reports, condoms and much more. Please stop by!

As usual, there is lots to do in and near Midtown! I have included announcements from 14 organizations this week. Please see the report (below and attached) for more details on these items:

  • The City’s Neighborhood and Community Relations Department invites everyone to the FREE 2020 Community Connections Conference on Saturday, February 1. This is a great opportunity to network and discuss issues with neighbors, community groups and local decision-makers.
  • Midtown Global Market presents a variety of free events including the annual Soup Cook Off on Saturday, February 1, Backyard Community Health Hub Dialogue-Diabetes onThursday, February 6, Stepping into Wellness with J Most and Command Stepperson Tuesday, February 11, and, with In the Heart of the Beast, Neighborhood Night: On the Day You Were Born on Thursday, February 13.
  • The American Swedish Institute presents Walking Together, a unique combination of prose, poetry and music, on Sunday, February 2.
  • Moon Palace Books offers Baby Storytime with Sarah on Monday, February 3.Kids of all ages invited!
  • Luth​eran Social Service is presenting 3 FREE employment workshops: Creating Effective Resumes and Cover LettersonMonday, February 3, Navigating Barriers to Employment and Excelling at Interviews onTuesday, February 4and Online Applications and Tools to Boost Your Job Search on Wednesday, February 5. Register for any or all!
  • Pillsbury House Theatre invites all to the Chicago Avenue Project: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread, a collaboration between kids, actors and playwrights.
  • Central Neighborhood (CANDO) hosts a Housing Task Force Meeting on Monday, February 3 and the monthly Chess and Game Night on Sunday, February 9.
  • Walker Community Church offers everyone a free Community Meal on Tuesday, February 4 (and every Tuesday). They also host the annual Women’s Prison Book Project Pancake Breakfast and Book Sale on Saturday, February 8.
  • To find out more about changes coming to Minneapolis’ extensive network of neighborhoods in the new decade, attend Neighborhoods 2020: The Future of Minneapolis Neighborhood Organizationson Tuesday, February 4, presented by the League of Women Voters Minneapolis.
  • If you’d like to support an excellent local charity and a fine Midtown business, come to Eastlake Craft Brewery’s Making Valentines with Open Armson Tuesday, February 4.
  • Corcoran Neighborhood hosts a Small and Home-Based Business Mixer on Thursday, February 6.
  • East Phillips Park presents the youth-oriented Culture Connection-Lunar New Year on Friday, February 7.
  • Powderhorn Park Neighborhood coordinates another meeting of the South Minneapolis Public Safety Coalitionon Wednesday, February 12. All invited!
  • Phillips West Neighborhood Organization hosts its popular annual Winter Social on Thursday, February . Great Mexican food and a chance to network with neighbors and numerous community resources!

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 contact me if you would like (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

612-825-6138

john.baumann

Midtown Area Crime Report and Announcements

Week of 1-21 to 1-27-20

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

Total Part 1 crime increased slightly this week while violent crime decreased. Here are the details:

  • 14 Part 1 crimes reported.
  • Part 1 crimes breakdown: Robbery-1, Aggravated Assault-2, Burglary-3, Auto Theft-6, Larceny (including Theft)-2.
  • 3 violent crimes reported.
  • Violent crime breakdown: Robbery-1, Aggravated Assault-2.
  • Aggravated assault breakdown: Non-domestic-2.
  • 0 business robberies; 1 business burglary.
  • In 5 of 6 (83%)of the auto thefts, the driver left the vehicle parked and running. This is an invitation to thieves! Please stay in your vehicle whenever it is running. And when you leave your vehicle, take all keys and fobs with you.
  • 10 offenders total arrested and taken into custody by MPD.
  • 5 of these arrests werefor felonies, marked in yellow.
  • Felony arrests made in 1 aggravated assault and 1 burglary.

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

Midtown Part 1 Crime Details

Violent Crimes

Robbery (1)

1-27, 12:11 am 5xx Lake St E (Central neighborhood)The victim said he called for an Uber. A vehicle pulled up and the victim got in, thinking it was his ride. The vehicle started moving and 4 suspects pointed guns at the victim, punched him and hit him in the face with a gun. The suspects took the victim’s wallet and phone and later pushed him out of the vehicle.

Aggravated Assault (2)

1-22, 5:35 pm 30xx 22nd Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood)The 2 victims are managers of an apartment building. They said the arrestee [Des
Neiges Elizabeth Pool]
attacked them, cutting one with an unknown sharp object and striking the other in the face. There is security footage. The arrestee was booked into the Hennepin County jail and the case is under investigation.

1-23, 7:16 pm Lake St E & 16th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Officers responded to a call about a shooting and found the victim covered in blood inside a vehicle. It was determined that he had been shot in the left side of his face. There is some suspect information but he hasn’t been identified.

Property Crimes

Burglary (3)

1-25, 2:18 pm 8xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) BusinessThe arrestee [Willie
Merriweather]
had been trespassed from the victim business numerous times for attempted shoplifting. On 1-25, he again attempted to take merchandise and was detained by store security. Responding MPD officers arrested him for burglary due to his theft/trespassing history.

Between 1-26, 10:00 pm and 1-27, 5:53 am 31xx Bloomington Ave (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Entry: Unlocked garage service door. Loss: Car radio and bicycle. There is no suspect information.

1-27, 12:26 pm 29xx 13th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) Entry: Unknown. No indication of forced entry. Loss: Electronics, tools and cash. There is minimal suspect information.

Auto Theft (6)

1-21, 7:00 am 30xx Elliot Ave (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) The victim left the vehicle parked and running to warm up. An unknown suspect left in the vehicle.

1-21, 10:47 am 31xx 4th Ave S (Central neighborhood) The victim left the vehicle parked and running to warm up. An unknown suspect left in the vehicle.

1-23, Between 1:00 and 1:30 pm 13xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) The victim left the vehicle parked and running to warm up. An unknown suspect left in the vehicle. Officers later recovered the vehicle and booked a juvenile into the Juvenile Detention Center and cited 2 juvenile passengers.

1-24, 4:30 pm 30xx Cedar Ave (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) The victim left the vehicle parked and locked with no keys inside. When she returned the next morning, it was gone. There is no suspect information.

1-24, 9:41 pm 2xx Lake St E (Central neighborhood) The victim left the vehicle parked and running with a friend in another vehicle watching it. The friend saw 4 unknown suspects get in and drive away. The vehicle was later involved in a hit and run accident and the responding officers had it towed to the impound lot.

1-27, 2:00 pm 29xx Park Ave (East Phillips neighborhood) The victim left the vehicle parked with keys inside. She later saw the vehicle being driven away. There is no suspect information but there are security cameras nearby. Officers later found the vehicle abandoned and had it towed to the impound lot.

Larceny (Including Theft) (2)

Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts

1-24 32nd St E & Clinton Ave S (Central neighborhood)

1-25 12xx 31st St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)

Note: This category now includes all larceny crimes in Midtown.

MPD Arrests in Midtown This Week

Arrestees Taken into Custody (5 Felony, 10 Total)

1-21, 8:52 pm 30xx 14th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Sandrea Nancy Monique Mitchell: Damage to Property.

1-22, 5:39 am 31st St E & Bloomington Ave (Phillips West neighborhood) Maurice Lovell Giles: 3 Warrants; Vosiney Tyshelle Wiley: Charge(s) not listed in police report.

1-22, 9:17 am 18xx 28th St E (East Phillips neighborhood)James Bozeman: Narcotics Violation (Felony).

1-22, 1:00 pm Lake St E & 16th Ave S (East Phillips or Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Frank Joseph Ortley: Cancelled Driver’s License-Inimical to Public Safety.

1-22, 2:39 pm 30xx 17th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Earnest Leaon Smith and Alyssa Ann Budreau: Narcotics Violation (Felony).

1-22, 5:35 pm 30xx 22nd Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood)Des Neiges Elizabeth Pool: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Felony).

1-23, 4:27 am 8xx 28th St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)Zeppelin Michael Peterson: Damage to Property.

1-25, 2:18 pm 8xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Willie Merriweather: Burglary of Business (Felony).

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

3rd Precinct Neighborhood Coordination Officers

These officers focus on problems at various properties throughout the Precinct. Last week, they worked on 1 address in Midtown:

  • 29xx 16th Ave S-Walk-through with landlord.

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  • Warrant lists
  • Police reports
  • Condoms
  • Much more!

Community Events and Announcements

City of Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations Department

2020 Community Connections Conference Saturday, February 1, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S.

This conference is a free, public event that brings together residents of Minneapolis, community groups, neighborhoods and decision-makers to connect, learn and address community issues.

View the breakout session descriptions at minneapolismn.gov/connectionsconf.

Schedule

The conference will feature:

· Free food

· Performances by local artists

· Family friendly, pickup soccer and goody bags for the first 100 kids

· Bilingual community dialogues on topics including crime prevention and recovering lost wages due to wage theft

· Resources for maintaining or purchasing a home

· Job training opportunities and small business assistance

· Health and addiction treatment resources

· Free and low cost legal aid

· Information about elections and a preview of the 2020 census questions

· Presentations and success stories from organizations doing census outreach and voter registration

· Find out more about the conference, lunch vendors and exhibitors as information becomes available at: minneapolismn.gov/connectionsconf.

This year’s theme will be “We count,” a call to action to get involved in decision-making through things like getting counted in the US census, voting, joining an advisory committee or neighborhood board, learning about important local issues and City policies or volunteering.

Free rides on MetroTransit for conference attendees on Feb. 1, 2020 here.

This conference is made possible by our community partners Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES), the Franklin Library, We Are Still Here, PICA Head Start, African Community Services, the Hmong American Leadership Council, and the Center for Laotian-American International Development.

Midtown Global Market

Soup Cook Off Saturday, February 1, 12:00 to 2:00 pm. 920 Lake St E.

Join us as we sample soup from various Midtown Global Market vendors. Vote for your favorite and crown a winner!

Backyard Community Health Hub Dialogue-DiabetesThursday, February 6, 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.

Stepping into Wellness with J Most and Command Steppers Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. 920 Lake St E.

Join the Backyard Community Health Hub for some healthy activity!

Neighborhood Night: On the Day You Were BornThursday, February 13, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 920 Lake St E. (Performed by Esther Ouray and Julie Boada. Presented in partnership with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.)

Based on the award-winning children’s book by Debra Frasier, the story explores the scientific phenomena that unfolded on the day “you” entered the world. This toy theater production combines puppetry, poetry and music that celebrate the natural miracle of the earth. The author’s radiant collage illustrations translate to a miniature stage as puppeteers open trick boxes releasing the wonders described in the book. Performed in English.

Come for the show and stay for the “Make-n-Take” workshop based on the show’s theme. You’ll leave with your own puppet creation to take home.

American Swedish Institute

Walking Together Sunday, February 2, 4:00 pm. 2600 Park Ave.

“Walking Together” weaves together prose and poetry on the topic of cultural experience with original music composed by Catherine Dalton.

Featuring Margaret Humphrey, violin, Rebecca Merblum, cello, and Bjorn Grina-Shay, percussion, the compositions underscore texts by poets such as Peter Blue Cloud, Naomi Shihab Nye and Kao Kalia Yang read by people representing the diversity of the Twin Cities community.

Dalton’s composition is inspired by, and a response to, the personal and intimate accounts of navigating daily life as it sheds light on the ways people from different backgrounds experience our shared world.

Free, no registration required.

Moon Palace Books

Baby Storytime with Sarah Monday, February 3, 10:00 to 11:00 am, 3032 Minnehaha Ave S.

Read, dance, sing, and play with Sarah. These storytimes are perfect for kids 0-24 months and their caregivers, but all are welcome!

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Employment Workshops: Creating Effective Resumes and Cover Letters Monday, February 3

Navigating Barriers to Employment and Excelling at Interviews Tuesday, February 4

Online Applications and Tools to Boost Your Job Search Wednesday, February 5

All events at 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Training and Education Center, Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Ave, 2nd Floor.

Join LSS for these FREE employment workshops! Build your confidence and gain skills for job search success. Come for any or all sessions that fit your needs. Attend just one workshop, or come every day! Email tec to register or call 612-879-5256. Registration required.

Pillsbury House Theatre

Chicago Avenue Project: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread Monday, February 3 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. 3501 Chicago Ave.

Join us for the next installment of the Chicago Avenue Project (CAP)!

CAP pairs local actors and playwrights with local kids to create original theatre for the community. The result is heartwarming, hilarious, and guaranteed to be a good time!

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread features five short plays starring youth and their adult acting mentors. This time around, the cast of characters includes an unexpected twist on Red Riding Hood, drawings come to life, superheroes, and more.

Don’t miss this FREE and family-friendly event! No reservations required- just show up!

CANDO

Housing Task Force Meeting Monday, February 3, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. 3715 Chicago Ave.

Renters in our community are facing many problems such as rising rents, repairs not being done and even evictions. There are many things that we can do as a community to help. Please join the housing task force of CANDO. In this space we will learn, brainstorm, and build resources.

Chess and Game Night Sunday, February 9, 5:00 to 7:00 pm Blackeye Roasting Co, 3740 Chicago Ave.

Chess and game night! What a fun way to get out of the house to socialize and make new friends with your neighbors. We felt the need for more events that will help with social emotional health.

Social Emotional Health motivates individuals to learn critical skills such as connect with others, resolve conflict, self-regulate, display kindness and empathy and cope with challenges.

Chess and other games played with others, especially people that are different from us provide great ways of learning from each other, challenging ourselves and building new relationships.

The Game of Chess for life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with.

Benefits of chess-increases your IQ, improves your problem solving skills, keeps your brain healthy, improves your memory, fosters creativity and helps you focus and maintain concentration.

Come play, come learn, come socialize. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase! For more information: tommy or 612-600-1053.

Walker Community Church

Community Meal Tuesday, February 4 and Every Tuesday, 5:30 to 6:45 pm. 3104 16th Ave S.

Free community meals open to everyone. Doors open and food giveaway at 5 pm.

Women’s Prison Book Project Pancake Breakfast and Book Sale Saturday, February 8, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. 3104 16th Ave S.

Pancakes (vegan, buttermilk, gluten-free options), Fresh Fruit, Grits, Coffee, Juice, Tea.

Breakfast $6-$10 sliding scale.

Great quality books for $2-3 each. Kids’ books $1.

Make a valentine for a political prisoner.

The book sale will be held on the first floor of the building and breakfast will be served on the second floor. The building is wheelchair accessible and there is an elevator. Street parking is available and the location is one block from two different bus stops.

League of Women Voters Minneapolis

Neighborhoods 2020: The Future of Minneapolis Neighborhood Organizations Tuesday, February 4, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, 310 38th St E (Cosponsored by the Whittier Alliance.)

Since 2015, Minneapolis Neighborhood Organizations and the City of Minneapolis have been preparing for funding changes expected in 2020. The City is in the final stages of many years of discussions, reports, outreach, and feedback. They recently passed the Neighborhoods 2020 Framework and in September 2019, contracted with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) for the final phase of Neighborhoods 2020. CURA is completing a report that will soon be entering a 45-day public comment period before going to the City Council.

League of Women Voters Minneapolis has invited C. Terrence Anderson, Director of Community Based Research at CURA and Robert Thompson, Consultant, Robert Thompson Services to provide an overview of their reports, history of the neighborhood programs and answer questions.

Eastlake Craft Brewery

Making Valentines with Open Arms Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. 920 Lake St E.

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