On Thursday, September 18 there were four robberies of persons that were possibly related. The incidents occurred at 42 St W/Pleasant Av S, 48 St W/Harriet Av S, and 43 St W/Wentworth Av S, and the 1000 block of E. Minnehaha Parkway in the Third Precinct. They occurred between 7:45 p.m. and 9:p.m. The suspect(s) was armed with a handgun in all three cases.
The suspect(s) was described as:
1. black male, dark complexion, 15-20yo, 6’-6’3”, thin, small ponytail on top of head, wearing a dark colored jacket
2. black male, 15-17yo, 5’10-6’1”, thin, medium afro, wearing tan shirt or black hooded sweatshirt
There was a fourth robbery that occurred at approximately 2:00 a.m. on the 18th that does not appear related. The incident location was 42 St E/Nicollet Av. There were no weapons involved in this robbery. The suspects were described as two mixed race (possibly white and Native American) males, 19-25yo. The first suspect was 5’5”-5’7”, thin, light brown wavy hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans. The second party was 5’8”-5’10”, medium to heavy, short straight brown hair, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.
In response to the robberies, the Fifth Precinct commanders switched the focus zone of the precinct to 42 St-49 St/Lyndale Av-35W over the weekend. Squads from the Special Operations division also assisted in the robbery suppression effort. As a result, there were no further robberies in the focus zone.
If you are interested in personal safety/crime prevention tips, the Fifth Precinct SAFE team is hosting a personal safety workshop on Thursday, October 16 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Washburn High School 201 W 49 St. Contact Amy Lavender at (612) 673-5407 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
For additional crime prevention resources please visit the City of Minneapolis’s website at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crime-prevention/.
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