Hello again! Here is the Midtown weekly crime report with community announcements for the week ending 9-18-17. (For this report, Midtown is the area from 35W to Hiawatha, between 28th and 32nd Streets. Parts of the Phillips West, Midtown Phillips, East Phillips, Central, Powderhorn Park and Corcoran neighborhoods are included in Midtown.) The report is attached as a Word file and the text is reprinted below the Safety Center logo.
There were 22 Part 1 (most serious) crimes reported this week, up from 12 last week.
There were 12 violent crimes reported in Midtown this week- 7 robberies and 5 aggravated assaults.
MPD officers arrested 38 suspects in Midtown during the week-a high number for a one-week period.
There was an arrest in 1 of the robberies and 1 of the aggravated assaults. Overall, there were 7 felony arrests this week.
The 3rd Precinct had 2 Focused Enforcement Areas within Midtown this week.
I have 5 announcements this week. See the report for more details on these items:
· Central neighborhood’s Little Free Farmer’s Market is Saturday, September 23 at Pillsbury House + Theatre.
· The Midtown Greenway Coalition hosts the Eat for Equity Neighborhood Block Party on Saturday, September 23.
· Powderhorn Park is holding its popular annual arts celebration Powderhorn Porchfest, also on Saturday, September 23.
· Make Homes Happen is sponsoring a 6th Ward City Council Candidates Forum on Monday, September 25.
· Neighbors in Action invites everyone to the Fall Trash Pick-Up, Wednesday, October 4.
Please let me know if you have an announcement you’d like me to include in an upcoming report.
I always appreciate your comments on these weekly reports. Please let me know what you would like to see added or removed. I want the reports to be as useful as possible.
Please share this report with anyone who would be interested.
John R. Baumann
Crime Prevention Specialist
Midtown Community Safety Center
Minneapolis Police Department
2949 Chicago Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Midtown Area Crime Report, Week of 9-12 to 9-18-17
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
· There were 22 Part 1 (most serious) crimes in Midtown during the week, up from 12 last week.
· Part 1 crimes this week included homicide (0), rape (0), robbery (7), aggravated assault (5), burglary (0), auto theft (4), arson (0) and larceny/theft (6). Public information narratives (taken directly from police reports) for the violent crimes appear below. There is summary information for all but the larceny crimes.
· There were 12 violent crimes reported-7 robberies and 5 aggravated assaults.
· There were no homicides, rapes, burglaries or arsons reported during this week.
· There were 0 business robberies and 0 business burglaries reported during the week.
· MPD officers arrested and jailed or issued citations to 38 suspects in Midtown.
· There were 7 felony arrests (excluding felony warrants), highlighted in yellow. There was an arrest in 1 of the robberies and 1 of the aggravated assaults.
Reported Part 1 Crimes in Midtown This Week (Excluding Larceny)
9-12, 7:12 to 8:00 pm 15xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) One male [Rolley William Watkins III] booked for Probable Cause Aggravated Robbery. Recommendation: Further investigation. [CPS note: This was an aggravated robbery because a weapon was used.]
9-13, 8:35 pm 32nd St E & Chicago Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Victim’s purse was taken at knife point. Victim declined Emergency Medical Service. Victim was given a blue (victim services) card. Recommendation: Case continued pending further information or leads. [CPS note: This was an aggravated robbery because a weapon was used.]
9-14, 9:55 to 10:00 pm 31xx 11th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Victim was leaving the bus stop at 12 AV S/Lake ST E. Victim told officers that he was followed by Suspect. Victim was a few houses north of the listed address when he was approached from behind by Suspect. Suspect put his right arm/elbow around Victim’s neck. Victim described it as being choked out. Victim punched Suspect several times in the face. Victim fell to the ground and heard his cell phone fall to the ground. Suspect picked up the cellphone and ran northbound on 11 AV S. Victim stated that would not be able to positively identify Suspect if he saw him again. Victim declined medical attention. Victim was given a blue (victim resources) card. Recommendation: Case continued pending further information or leads.
9-15, 12:30 to 1:08 am 6xx Lake St E (Phillips West neighborhood)Victim reported that she was assaulted with a baseball bat by a known associate after attempting to buy twenty dollars’ worth of marijuana from him at the listed location. Victim stated that she was with Suspect all day prior to incident. Victim suffered injuries from the assault and was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by Emergency Medical Service. Victim was given a blue (victim resources) card and advised. Recommendation: Further investigation.
9-17, 7:00 to 7:30 am 31xx Bloomington Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Victim had parked her vehicle in the west lot of the listed address which was identified as her apartment complex. Victim exited her vehicle and was approached by (Suspect) a Hispanic male approximately 30 years old wearing a black or dark blue hooded sweatshirt and jeans. Suspect then pointed a knife at Victim and demanded her money. Victim handed Suspect her cellphone and purse. Suspect then pointed a gun at Victim prior to ending contact between the two. Suspect was last seen standing in the alley of Victim’s apartment complex and left in an unknown direction. The area buildings were checked for cameras that may have captured video of the robbery of person and none were found. Victim was given a blue (victim resources) card and advised.
9-17, 8:52 to 8:54 am 29xx 10th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)Victim reported he was robbed by Suspect 1 and Suspect 2. Victim provided very limited suspect information. Victim received medical attention and was given a blue (victim resources) card. Recommendation: Case continued pending leads or information.
9-18, 7:20 to 7:51 am Lake St E & 4th Ave S (Border of Midtown Phillips and Central neighborhoods)The listed victim came in to the 3rd Precinct after someone tried to take her purse at knifepoint. Report filed. [CPS note: This was an aggravated robbery because a weapon was used.]
Aggravated Assault (5)
9-16, 10:17 to 10:23 pm 30xx Portland Ave S (Central neighborhood) Arrestee threatened his son, Victim, several times with a large kitchen knife. Arrestee was arrested and booked for Assault…
9-13, 1:23 to 1:25 pm Lake St E & Park Ave S (Border of Phillips West & Central neighborhoods) Victim reported he was stabbed by Suspect at the above location. Victim provided officers with a limited suspect description. Victim was given a blue (victim resources) card and was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for further care. Recommendation: Further investigation.
9-15, 10:00 to 10:10 pm Midtown Greenway E & 2nd Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood Victim was stabbed by Suspect at near the above location. Recommendation: Further investigation.
9-16, 10:50 to 11:47 pm 8xx 28th St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Victim was hit in the face by Suspect at the above address. Victim was given a blue (victim services) card.
9-17, 6:48 to 7:30 pm 7xx Lake St E (Phillips West neighborhood) Arrested Parties [Jesus Gutierrez-Diego and
Ricardo Gutierrez-Diego] were booked Hennepin County Jail for Probable Cause assault after attacking two cab drivers attempting to break up a fight at the above location. The victims were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance and given blue (victim resources) cards.
Auto Theft (4)
9-12, 11:53 to 11:57 pm Lake St E & Park Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)CPS note: Car stolen at gas station when driver exited vehicle and was distracted by an unrelated person.
9-13, 9:00 to 10:00 am 32xx 4th Ave S (Central neighborhood)CPS note: Parked car was stolen by the suspect breaking a passenger window.
9-15, 12:01 to 8:00 am 30xx 16th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)CPS note: Parked car was stolen by unknown method. Victim says he has the only set of keys.
9-15, 5:30 am to 5:12 pm 21xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)CPS note: Parked car was stolen by unknown method. Victim says no keys were inside.
Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Arrests in Midtown (38)
9-12, 3:10 am31st St E & Cedar Ave S Najiib Aweys Abdullahi issued a citation for Driving After Cancellation.
9-12, 3:42 am Lake St E & 4th Ave S Melissa Rae Kovarikarrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for 1 Felony Warrant.
9-12, 12:25 pm 29xx Bloomington Ave S Dimari Davone Teetzel arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for Flee Officer on Foot.
9-12, 5:38 pm29xx 17th Av S Edward Deartez Sneedarrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for Narcotics Violation (Felony).
9-12, 7:30 pm 15xx Lake St E Rolley William Watkins arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for Aggravated Robbery (Felony), False Name or Information (Gross Misdemeanor) and Flee Officer on Foot.
9-12, 8:10 pm 8xx 28th St E Ronda Schelene Hero arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for 1 Felony Warrant.
9-13, 11:20 am29xx Park Ave S Charles Charles Wright arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for 2 Felony Warrants (Burglary of Dwelling, Theft); Alice Lorraine Dunson arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for 1 Felony Warrant (Assault 2-Assault with Dangerous Weapon).
9-13, 4:17 pm 21xx Lake St E Shari Marie Butcher arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for 1 Gross Misdemeanor Warrant.
9-13, 10:20 pm8xx Lake St E Yolando Deshan Woods arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for 3 Misdemeanor Warrants (Theft).
9-13, 10:53 pm30xx Portland Ave S Jade Jordan Anderson arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for 1 Misdemeanor Warrant.
9-14, 1:20 am 28xx 5th Ave S Heliodoro Montes Avila arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for Disorderly Conduct and 1 Gross Misdemeanor Warrant (Malicious Punishment of Child).
9-15 , 2:58 amLake St E & Bloomington Ave S Jennifer Lynn Locasio arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for 1 Gross Misdemeanor Warrant (Terroristic Threats).
9-15, 10:37 am Lake St E & 2nd Ave S Tyrus Jermell Jackson stopped andissued a citation for Driving After Revocation.
9-15, 3:25 pm22xx Lake St E Sean Oneal Burgess arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for Terroristic Threats (Felony).
9-15, 4:00 pm Lake St E & 21st Ave S Juvenile issued a citation for No Valid Driver’s License.
9-15, 6:30 pm29xx 16th Ave S Nicole Williams arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for Violation of Protection Order.
9-15, 7:45 pm8xx Lake St E Alberta Garcia-Martinez stopped andissued a citation for Driving After Cancellation, Violate Child Restraint and Traffic Law Enforcement.
9-16, 1:28 amLake St E & 16th Ave S Sara Lee Mathison issued a citation for Loiter with Intent-Prostitution.
9-16, 2:45 am28th St E & Hiawatha Ave S Carlos Raul Olson stopped,arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for Motor Vehicle Theft (Felony).
9-16, 2:20 pm31st St E & 14th Ave S Miguel Bustamante Jarquin stopped andissued a citation for Driving After Revocation and No Insurance on Motor Vehicle.
9-16, 9:40 pm5xx Lake St E Edward Zahi Moses Saad arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for 1 Misdemeanor Warrant.
9-16, 10:45 pm31xx Portland Ave S Calvin Lee Donald arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for 2nd Degree Domestic Assault (Felony).
9-17, 3:11 amLake St E & 5th Ave S Rafael Silva stopped,arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for Murder (Felony), Aid Offender (Felony), Refuse Drug and Alcohol Test (Gross Misdemeanor), Driving While Intoxicated, No Proof of Insurance and Driving After Revocation.
9-17, 5:00 am29xx 14th Ave S Vanessa Morales arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for Assault 5-Attempt to Cause Bodily Harm and Damage to Property.
9-17, 5:35 am Lake St E & 4th Ave S Marco Antonio Javi Espinoza stopped andissued a citation for Driving After Revocation, Narcotics Violation, No Proof of Insurance and Drug Paraphernalia;Andre Lamont Hutchinson arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for 1 Gross Misdemeanor Warrant (Driving While Intoxicated).
9-17, 12:20 pm28th St E & Columbus Ave S Juemond Marchoe Davis and Perfecto Javana-Cazarez issued citations for No Valid Driver’s License.
9-17, 12:27 pmLake St E & Elliot Ave S Daniel Saldivar Flores stopped and issued a citation for No Proof of Insurance.
9-17, 5:16 pm29th St E & 21st Ave S Adham Amir Fu’ad stopped and issued a citation for Driving After Suspension, No Proof of Insurance and Traffic Law Enforcement.
9-17, 7:08 pm7xx Lake St E Jesus Gutierrez-Diego and Ricardo Gutierrez-Diego arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for Assault 3-Assault with Significant Bodily Harm (Felony).
9-18, 9:30 am31xx 19th Ave S Juvenile reprimanded and released for Assault 5-Attempt to Cause Bodily Harm.
9-18, 12:30 pm30xx Cedar Ave S Johnny Alberto Mata Sanabria issued a citation for No Insurance on Motor Vehicle.
9-18, 4:00 pmLake St E & Park Ave S Juvenile issued a citation for No Proof of Insurance and No Valid Driver’s License.
9-18, 4:30 pm31st St E & 22nd Ave S Reyna Valencia Ocampo issued a citation for No Valid Driver’s License.
9-18, 10:34 pmLake St E & 16th Ave S Willie Tounzell Smith arrested and booked into Hennepin County Jail for 1 Gross Misdemeanor Warrant (False Name or Information).
Focused Enforcement in Midtown
Midtown’s Lake Street area had 2 focused enforcement areas for violent crime this week:
Lake Street #1 (29th St E to 31st St E, I-35W to Portland Ave S)
Proactive enforcement results: 38 stops, 10 directed patrols, 8 arrests.
Robberies & Aggravated Assaults (excluding domestics): 1 robbery, 1 aggravated assault.
Lake Street #2 (29th St E to 31st St E, 12th Ave S to 17th Ave S
Proactive enforcement results: 59 stops, 23 directed patrols, 9 arrests.
Robberies & Aggravated Assaults (excluding domestics): 3 robberies, 0 aggravated assaults.
Strategies for the coming week (both areas) include:
• Directed patrol, foot beats, proactive stops, business checks.
• Day Beat and Evening Beat-Foot beats & directed patrol on the Greenway and the 3000 blocks of 12th Ave S, 5th Ave S, Clinton Ave S, 16th Ave S & 17th Ave S (prostitution, narcotics, overdoses, etc.)
• Midwatch: Suspicious person and suspicious vehicle stops around outer edges of focus zones.
• Dogwatch: Directed patrol, foot beats, suspicious person stops, suspicious vehicle stops and traffic law enforcement focused on bus stops in Focus Zone #2.
• Reach out to Metro Transit Police Department regarding additional patrol around bus stop at 17th & Lake.
• Regular details with neighborhood Probation Officers and MAVI (Minnesota Ant-Violence Initiative) to focus on chronic offenders.
• Evening beat detail with Probation.
• Community Resource Team will do prostitution details and focus on 29th St E & 31st St E.
• Mobile camera at Lake & 17th.
Problem Properties Tactics
• Problem property identified as 30xx Portland Ave. Problem Properties Officer working on.
• Multiple problem properties identified in the 2900 block of 12th Ave S & 3200 block of 5th Ave S.
Third Precinct Weekly Trends
Motor Vehicle Theft:38% (5 of 13) of the vehicles reported stolen were stolen with keys.
Burglary of Dwelling:67% (14 of 21) required little or no force to gain entry: Residential 77% (8 of 12) required little/no force to gain entry (4 unlocked door, 1-unlocked window, 1-removed window AC unit and 2-no force). Garage 67% (6 of 9) required little/no force to gain entry (1-open overhead door , 1-unlocked service door, 1-used remote opener in vehicle and 3-no force).
Theft from Motor Vehicle:44% (7 of 16) reported a wallet/purse (3), GPS (0) or backpack/other bag (6) stolen; 63% (10 of 16) required little or no force to gain entry (1-open window, 2-unlocked door and 7-no force).
Visit the Little Free Farmer’s Market on Saturday, September 23
Get free organic vegetables and herbs from CANDO’s pop-up bike cart at the Pillsbury House +Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave S. They also accept donations of extra organic produce from your own garden. Every Saturday morning from 10am-12pm (starting July 22nd) at various locations in Central Neighborhood. http://www.thecentralneighborhood.com/plant-grow-share/
Enjoy the Eat for Equity Neighborhood Block Party
Saturday, September 23
Join the Midtown Greenway Coalition for a free neighborhood Block Party on the 29th Street Shared Street Demonstration project, located on East 29th Street between Bloomington Ave and 16th Ave, noon to 5:00 pm. There will be table tennis and sign-making from Ready Go, basketball, free ice cream, flower plantings, tours of the demonstration project and more!
At 5 p.m. join us for the Eat for Equity Minneapolis Dinner. Feast on a meal that reflects the cultures in the Phillips neighborhood, featuring halal, vegan, and gluten-free options so all can join in the feast. RSVP and give what you can as your donation. Tickets for the dinner are $0 – $20. Volunteer to get a free ticket; otherwise, pay what you can — but please RSVP so we know you’ll be attending.
Optional: Meet at LynLake Brewery at 3:30 p.m. to sample the Lynd-A-Hand beer of the day, which supports the Midtown Greenway Coalition! Then bike the Greenway over to the Eat for Equity Dinner. Use the 18th Avenue ramp.
Celebrate the Arts at Powderhorn Porchfest
Saturday, September 23
Powderhorn Porchfest is an annual FREE community event focused on building local community through the Arts. Over the past 6 years it has become a highlight event for South Minneapolis. Featuring amazing local musicians, spoken word and dance artists, Porchfest creates a space for people of all ages and all musical tastes to come find something they can kick it to. Again this year, we’ll have 4 stages of music on 17th Avenue between 32nd and 34th Streets.
We will have one opening act from 4-5pm and one closing act from 9-10, starting and ending together. In addition to music, there will be dancing, local artisans will be selling their wares and of course, delicious food for sale. All musicians have been booked, stay tuned for the Reveal! Pack in and pack out as always – we’ll leave the street and neighborhood cleaner than we found it.
Hear from 6th Ward Candidates
Monday, September 25
Make Homes Happen, a coalition of organization advocating for affordable housing, preservation and tenant rights in Minneapolis, will host a City Council candidates forum at the Lutheran Social Service Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Ave S, 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Somali translation will be provided. More information available at www.facebook.com/MakeHomesHappenMPLS.
Meet Neighbors in Action at the Fall Trash Pick-Up
Wednesday, October 4
Help clean our streets! Join any time from 5 to 7 pm at Plaza Centenario, the northeast corner of East Lake St & 12th Ave S. Trash clean-up supplies provided.
Neighbors in Action (NIA) is a group of volunteers who are interested in meeting other neighbors and taking action to improve safety and reduce criminal activity in the community. NIA is currently seeking others to walk the Lake Street as a watchful, positive and non-confrontational presence.
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