Midtown Weekly Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending 3-2-20

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 March 2, 2020.

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.

Reported Part 1 crime increased slightly in Midtown last week, while violent crime increased substantially. Here are the details:

  • There were 21 Part 1 (most serious) crimes reported, up from 20 last week.
  • The Part 1 crimes were 1 rape, 4 robberies, 3 aggravated assaults, 5 auto thefts and 8 larcenies.
  • More than one third (38%) of the Part 1 crimes were non-violent larcenies/thefts.
  • 8 violent crimes were reported—1 rape, 4 robberies and 3 aggravated assaults. There were 2 violent crimes last week.
  • In 3 of the 5 auto thefts, the victims left their vehicles unattended while running with keys inside. Please stay in your vehicle whenever it is running. And when you leave your vehicle, take all keys and fobs with you.
  • Police took 6 offenders in Midtown into custody this week.
  • 4 of these arrests were for felony crimes.
  • There were arrests in 2 of the aggravated assaults.

The Midtown Safety Center desk is generally open 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. Hours are adjusted for meetings, appointments, etc. Projected desk hours are posted and updated weekly.

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 and much more. Reusable bags from Midtown Phillips neighborhood are NEW this week!

As usual, there is lots to do in and near Midtown! Here are just a few of the upcoming activities coordinated by 11 localorganizations. Please see the report (below and attached) for more details on these items:

  • East Phillips Neighborhood Institute: Picketing for East Phillips Indoor Farm on Friday, March 6 andPresentation on East Phillips Urban Indoor Farm Project on Sunday, March 8.
  • American Swedish Institute: Melodifestivalen on Saturday, March 7; Bowl Making and Glazing with St. Kate’s Empty Bowls Project on Sunday, March 8 and Empty Bowls for Open Arms Soup Social with St. Kate’s Empty Bowls Project on Saturday, March 14.
  • Midtown Global Market: Holi: The Indian Festival of Colorson Saturday, March 7; Stepping into Wellness with J Most and Command Steppers on Tuesday, March 10 andNeighborhood Night: Wandering Puppeton Thursday, March 12.
  • Waite House: Food Shelf on Monday, March 9, Tuesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 12; Produce Distribution on Wednesday, March 11 and Open Computer Lab-Census 2020 on Wednesday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 17.
  • Walker United Methodist Community Church: free Community Meal on Tuesday, March 10 (and every Tuesday).
  • Urban Ventures: Act 6 Community Celebrationon Tuesday, March 10.
  • Moon Palace Books: Baby Storytime with Sarah on Monday, March 16.
  • Hennepin County: Community Resource Fair on Monday, March 16.
  • Lutheran Social Service: 3 Employment Seminars-Creating Effective Resumes and Cover Letters on Monday, March 16, Navigating Barriers to Employment and Excelling at Interviews on Tuesday, March 17 and Online Applications and Tools to Boost Your Job Search on Thursday, March 19; Budgeting 101: Creating a Budget that Works on Wednesday, March 18 and Job Search Assistance on Thursday, March 19.
  • Division of Indian Work: LEAP! 2020: Feeding Native Families, Empowering Native Youth.

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 2-25 to 3-2-20

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 and Arrests in Midtown

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

  • 21 Part 1 crimes reported. There were 20 Part 1 crimes last week.
  • Part 1 crimes breakdown: Rape-1, Robbery-4, Aggravated Assault-3, Auto Theft-5, Larceny (including Theft)-8.
  • 38% of Part 1 crimes were non-violent larcenies/thefts.
  • 8 violent crimes reported. There were 2 violent crimes last week.
  • Violent crime breakdown: Rape-1, Robbery-4, Aggravated Assault-3.
  • Aggravated assault breakdown: Domestic-1, Non-domestic-2.
  • In 3 of the 5 auto thefts, the victim left the vehicle running with keys inside. Please stay in your vehicle whenever it is running. (It’s far better to have a cold ride than no ride!) And when you leave your vehicle, take all keys and fobs with you.
  • 0 business robberies; 0 business burglaries.
  • 6 offenders total arrested and taken into custody by MPD.
  • 4 of these arrests werefor felonies, marked in yellow.
  • There were arrests made in 2 of the aggravated assaults.

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

Midtown Part 1 Crime Details

Violent Crimes

Rape (1)

2-29, 5:26 am 32nd St E & 24th Ave (Corcoran neighborhood)The victim said she willingly entered the unknown suspect’s vehicle and he then sexually assaulted her.

Robbery (4)

3-1, 3:48 am 15xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)The victim said he was approached by 3 unknown suspects. Suspect 1 put a handgun in the victim’s mouth. The victim tried to fight off the suspects but was hit by the gun several times and lost consciousness. When he regained consciousness, his wallet containing cash was missing.

3-1, 4:30 am 29xx Chicago Ave (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)The victim said he was at the Chicago Lake Transit Center when an unknown suspect pushed him over and stole his phone.

3-2, 2:15 pm 31st St E & 14th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)The victim said he was walking when 2 unknown suspects approached him. Suspect 1 asked him for a cigarette and Suspect 2 tried to reach into his pants pocket. Then Suspect 1 hit him with an unknown object. There was no loss so this was an attempted robbery.

3-2, 5:56 pm 29th St E & 12th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)The juvenile victim said he was walking when a vehicle approached him. The suspect got out of the passenger seat holding a handgun and told the victim to give him “everything you got.” The victim gave the suspect earbuds, an i-Phone, a necklace and a sweatshirt. The suspect ran back to the vehicle and it drove away.

Aggravated Assault (3)

2-27, 8:50 pm 28xx Park Ave (Phillips West neighborhood)DomesticThe victim confronted the arrestee [Juvenile] about leaving a mess in the shower. The arrestee then lunged at the victim with a knife. The victim was not injured.

2-28, 9:20 pm 2xx Lake St E (Phillips West neighborhood)The arrestee [William
Pruitt]
verbally assaulted Victim 1, an employee. Victim 2 tried to intervene and the arrestee threw a punch at him. Both victims moved away from the arrestee when he pulled out a knife and made threats to all employees.

3-1, 5:50 pm 31xx Oakland Ave (Central neighborhood)The victim said she was sitting in her vehicle when it was struck by a bullet fired by an unknown suspect. It is not known if the victim was the intended target.

Property Crimes

Auto Theft (5)

2-26, 8:50 am 31xx 3rd Ave S (Central neighborhood) The victim left the vehicle running to warm up with 2 sets of keys inside. When she returned in 10-15 minutes, the vehicle was gone. Officers recovered the vehicle on 2-28-20.

2-26, 10:55 pm 31st St E & Clinton Ave (Central neighborhood) The victim said he left the vehicle unlocked and running with keys inside while he stepped outside to smoke a cigarette. Two unknown suspects entered the vehicle and drove away.

2-27, 2:05 pm 31xx 18th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) The victim said that the suspect tried to steal his vehicle on 2-23-20 but got stuck in a snowbank and ran away. On 2-27, the suspect tried to steal the vehicle again, using a key he had taken in the earlier incident. The victim had put a wheel lock on the vehicle so the suspect couldn’t drive away. The victim maced the suspect and restrained him until police arrived.

2-28, 6:45 am 31xx 10th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) The victim said he left the vehicle parked and running with keys inside. There is no suspect information. The vehicle was recovered on 3-2-20.

3-1, Between 12:00 and 7:00 pm 29xx 15th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) The victim said that he left the vehicle parked and locked but that his keys were lost or stolen. There is no suspect information. The vehicle was recovered on 3-2-20 after it had been in an accident.

Larceny (Including Theft) (8)

Shoplifting

2-29 6xx Lake St E (Phillips West neighborhood)

Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts

2-27 28xx 17th Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood)

Other Theft

2-26 8xx 28th St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

2-26 8xx 28th St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

2-26 8xx 28th St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

2-26 8xx 28th St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

2-27 18xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)

3-2 31xx Cedar Ave (Corcoran neighborhood)

MPD Arrests in Midtown This Week

Arrestees Taken into Custody (4 Felony, 6 Total)

2-26, 6:56 pm Lake St E & 17th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Ahmed Ismail: Motor Vehicle Theft (Felony).

2-27, 8:09 pm 2xx Lake St E (Phillips West neighborhood) Annis Lorenzo Coleman: 1 Felony Warrant (for 5th Degree Drugs).

2-27, 8:50 pm 28xx Park Ave (Phillips West neighborhood)Juvenile: 2nd Degree Domestic Assault (Felony).

2-28, 9:20 pm 2xx Lake St E (Phillips West neighborhood)William Pruitt: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Felony).

3-1, 11:53 pm 22xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)Maria Rose Bordeaux: 1 Gross Misdemeanor Warrant (for 5th Degree Drugs).

3-2, 5:10 pm 30xx 17th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Tony Phangthavong: 5th Degree Narcotics (Felony), 1 Misdemeanor Warrant (for Flee Police).

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

Midtown Safety Center Desk Hours

The Safety Center desk is generally open 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday but hours are adjusted for meetings, events, appointments, etc. Expected upcoming hours are posted each week on the Safety Center door at 2949 Chicago. Or call or email to verify we’re open when you want to visit. We hope to see you!

Available Free Now at Midtown Safety Center!

  • Gun locks
  • No trespassing signs
  • Interpreters
  • FAX
  • Copying
  • Sex offender information
  • Warrant lists
  • Police reports
  • Midtown Phillips Neighborhood reusable bags (NEW)

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Community Events and Announcements

East Phillips Neighborhood Institute

Picketing for East Phillips Indoor Farm Friday, March 6, 4:00 pm. 26th St E & Longfellow Ave.

Presentation on East Phillips Urban Indoor Farm Project Sunday, March 8, 12:00 pm. Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 2315 Chicago Ave.

Learn about what is happening right in our backyard. Stay after worship on Sunday, March 8 for pizza from our neighborhood oven. Karen Clark, neighbors from Little Earth and others will present to us about the East Phillips Urban Indoor Farm Project and their fight with the city. Hopefully, we will be equipped to take action.

“Residents of East Phillips are working hard to organize, educate and fight against the determinants that contribute to the racial, health, economic, social and environmental disparities that are damaging and even killing their children. They have experienced firsthand the deaths of children who suffer from asthma and lead poisoning, but they need residents of other areas of the city to pressure their City Council members and the mayor to reject this harmful proposal to build a storage yard in this space and instead adopt the community proposal — which is actually good for the community.

The city of Minneapolis needs to walk the talk when it comes to “environmental justice.” The city’s broad map toward reducing greenhouse-gas emissions may show a small reduction over time, but the increased concentrations of toxic pollutants in poor areas of the city is blatantly racist and unconscionable.”

American Swedish Institute

Melodifestivalen Saturday, March 7, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. 2600 Park Ave.

Mello fan? Come watch the finale of Melodifestivalen 2020 with us on the big screen at ASI!

Eurovision fan? Come check out Melodifestivalen, the competition that selects Sweden’s entry each year.

Don’t know what either of those words mean? Come anyway and spend a fun afternoon watching Sweden’s most popular TV program!

The finale will start at 1 pm Minnesota time. FIKA café will be open throughout the event so feel free to grab a drink or some food to bring to the showing. Attendees are encouraged to dress up! Cost: Free, no registration required.

Bowl Making and Glazing with St. Kate’s Empty Bowls Project Sunday, March 8, 1:00 to 3:00 pm. 2600 Park Ave.

Join the St. Kate’s Empty Bowls project to make and glaze clay bowls for ASI’s Empty Bowls for Open Arms Soup Social event on March 14. The Soup Social supports south Minneapolis-based Open Arms of Minnesota, a non-profit that creates meals for people living with life threatening illnesses. Anyone can drop in for as long as they like to make and glaze a clay bowl with St. Catherine’s University ceramics students. The bowls will be fired and then returned for our March 14 soup special. This event is free, with no experience or registration necessary, and is open to all ages (kids under 12 should be accompanied by an adult).

Empty Bowls for Open Arms Soup Social with St. Kate’s Empty Bowls Project Saturday, March 14, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. 2600 Park Ave.

Help ASI support the efforts of our neighbors Open Arms of Minnesota, a south Minneapolis-based nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses.

At our third annual Soup Social, enjoy a bowl of soup from FIKA Café served from a handmade ceramic bowl that you can take with you as a keepsake, while meeting neighbors and the students and staff from our partner, the St. Kate’s Empty Bowls Project. You can even join us the week before to make a bowl yourself at the St. Kate’s Empty Bowls Making Event on March 8th!

Advanced registration is encouraged; tickets are also available at the door for a freewill donation. The purchase of each $20 ticket supports two made-from-scratch meals for a neighbor facing a health crisis.

About Empty Bowls:

Empty Bowls events bring together artists, community members, and students to raise funds for local organizations battling hunger and poverty by sharing a meal. Guests make a donation to a charitable organization, and in return receive the gift of a handmade bowl and a filling meal. For three years, ASI has partnered with St. Kate’s Empty Bowls Project, which has been hosting Empty Bowls events since 2011. All are welcome to Empty Bowls events! Cost: $20 adults / $10 ages 15 and under

Midtown Global Market

Holi: The Indian Festival of ColorsSaturday, March 7, 4:00 to 7:00 pm. 920 Lake St E.

Celebrate Holi: The Indian Festival of Colors at Midtown Global Market, sponsored by Hot Indian.

This colorful and fun event will feature live music, henna tattoos, crafts for kids, Bollywood dancing, traditional Indian dances and more.

Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is an ancient Hindu celebration held in the spring that signifies the arrival of spring.

Check out this event on Facebook.

Stepping into Wellness with J Most and Command SteppersTuesday, March 10, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 920 Lake St E.

Join the Backyard Community Health Hub for some healthy activity!

Neighborhood Night: Wandering PuppetThursday, March 12, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 920 Lake St E.

Join HOBT puppeteer ‘Esther Ouray’ for a Make N Take activity for all ages. Keep your eye out for the Wandering Puppet!

Waite House

Food Shelf Monday, March 9, 1:00 to 5:00 pm; Tuesday, March 10, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm & 2:00 to 5:00 pm; and Thursday, March 12, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm & 2:00 to 5:00 pm. 2323 11th Ave S.

Free nutritious groceries for individuals and families. First-time visitors must bring an ID for themselves and their family members and complete a brief registration process.

Produce Distribution Wednesday, March 11. Get numbers between 10 am – 12 pm. Presentation at 12 pm. Distribution from 1-2 pm.

Open Computer Lab-Census 2020 Wednesday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 17. 2323 11th Ave S.

The Waite House computer lab will be open for community members seeking assistance completing their 2020 Census Survey. Staff and volunteers will also be available to provide assistance. If you have questions about lab availability, call Waite House at 612-721-1681 or email Luz at LuzF.

Walker Community United Methodist Church

Community Meal Tuesday, March 10 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.

Urban Ventures

Act 6 Community Celebration Tuesday, March 10. 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center, 2929 4th Ave S

Join family, friends and community members as we celebrate the sixth group of 50+ Twin Cities Act Six scholars. Meet the cadre of leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their home communities.

Moon Palace Books

Baby Storytime with Sarah Monday, March 16, 10:00 to 11:00 am, 3032 Minnehaha Ave.

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

Hennepin County

Community Resource Fair Monday, March 16, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Hennepin County South Minneapolis Human Service Center, 2215 Lake St E.

Resources available include:

· Housing

· Food

· Medical

· Transportation

· Legal Assistance

· Training programs

· Adult education

This event is free and everyone is welcome.

For more information, contact:

· Lisa Cain at lisa.cain2@hennepin.us or 612-596-1990

· Colleen Dufek at colleen.dufek@hennepin.us or 612-543-5159

· Meykal Ahmed at meykal.ahmed@hennepin.us or 612-348-9872

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Employment Workshops:

Creating Effective Resumes and Cover Letters Monday, March 16

Navigating Barriers to Employment and Excelling at Interviews Tuesday, March 17

Online Applications and Tools to Boost Your Job Search Thursday, March 19

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

Join us for our 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! Registration is required; email tec@lssmn.org or call 612-879-5256.

Budgeting 101: Creating a Budget that Works Wednesday, March 18, 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Training and Education Center, Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Ave, 2nd Floor. Register Online at: http://www.lssmn.org/employmentservices/tec/ or call 612-879-5256 or email name, phone # to tec@lssmn.org. Incentive: Transportation (bus or gas card) given upon completion.

Job Search Assistance Thursday, March 19, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Walker Library, 2880 Hennepin Ave. Registration not required.

Division of Indian Work

LEAP! 2020: Feeding Native Families, Empowering Native Youth Monday, March 16, 5:00 to 8:30 pm. 1001 Lake St E.

Buy your tickets now for DIW’s annual fundraiser LEAP! 2020: Feeding Native Families, Empowering Native Youth!

LEAP event highlights include live entertainment, a silent auction, live auction, appetizers, and a cash bar. Proceeds raised during the evening will support food shelf and youth program costs. Last year we raised more than $75,000! We invite you to be part of an amazing event filled with laughter, friendly bidding competitions, and a common purpose—helping to provide services to the Twin Cities Native American community.

For more information about LEAP! and to buy tickets now, please visit: diw-mn.org/leap

MayDay Council + Free Black Dirt

Update Letter

Beloved Community,

Many of you have asked how you can support the MayDay Celebration Metamorphosis over the next few months. The Council has been convened and is excited to begin sharing more about what to expect in 2020.

We understand so many people are grieving at this time of transformation and shift. We wanted to address people’s desire to honor this season, while also sharing our commitment to this year of chrysalis.

First of all, thank you for your patient support as Free Black Dirt (FBD) and In the Heart of the Beast Theatre (HOBT) have navigated the first few months of an emergent partnership, in addition to the selection of the MayDay Council (MDC). We are inspired by the ways we are creating this work together; intentionally and responsibly. The process will bring forth the whole community.

The council takes both the practices of art-making and this metamorphosis process extremely seriously. HOBT has put its trust in the IBPOC womxn led council to lead. Our events are geared for all of your participation and we invite you to be a part of this process of radical transformation. However, as we move forward we are interested in making clear that MDC, and FBD, are maintaining a fair amount of autonomy from HOBT. Please give the council space for our work and use the tea and treats for time to interact with the council.

We are focused on the social and spiritual responsibility of the important and relevant work at hand. We want to ensure the quality of a long term, and sustainable process that can continue beyond this inaugural stage. Seeds are being planted as we speak.

In the year to come, we plan to host community through a variety of events. We are devoting time, energy and resources to community healing and building.

  • FBD will be hosting a Free Black Dirt-y Talk Discussion Series at The Avalon, with a kick-off event on February 28, 2020 at 7pm. There will be a screening of media with space for discussion about cultural appropriation. Other dates are July 10th and August 8, 2020.
  • As Spring arrives Tea and Treats events will take place at The Avalon. These low-curation, drop-in spaces, will be a place for intermingling of HOBT staff, board, FBD, and members of the MDC. Be among the first to hear what the MayDay Council is working on, be a part of the community sounding board for the MayDay Council to share ideas, input, and shape the future of MayDay.
  • On Sunday, May 3, 2020: We are shaping plans for what will take place in the park on the first Sunday in May 2020. In this moment we are conceiving activities to take place in the park that support rest, reflection, collaborative building, art-making, and relationship building. It is our intention that this event supports the MayDay Council in designing the 2021 celebration with/for community. To be clear, we – MDC and HOBT- are not putting on May Day in 2020. This is so that the MDC can focus all of its attention on the extremely important work of re-imagining May Day for 2021.

We will also be in support & solidarity with the many other public and outdoor events throughout the year. We are not the only community gathering. We are interested in lifting up other celebrations within our communities. As a council we commit to this support and have encouraged HOBT to do this as well by boosting the profile of other major happenings throughout the Twin Cities:

In summation, we as the May Day Council are excited to share and build with you all as the chrysalis season continues to unfold.

More soon, in love and in solidarity.

MayDay Council + Free Black Dirt

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