Hezekiah Hamilton arrested in connection with murder of Jody Patzner Jr.

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Hamilton allegedly murdered Patzner Monday evening during an attempted bike robbery.
Hezekiah Hamiliton was arrested about 7:30 last night in connection with the Monday night murder of Jody Patzner Jr. in north Minneapolis. He is currently being held in the Hennepin County Jail.

Hamilton, 24, lives on the 3600 block of Fremont Avenue North, just one block away from where Patzner was gunned down during an attempted bike robbery. He was arrested at home.

Asked about the circumstances of the arrest, Sgt. Steve McCarty of the Minneapolis Police Department said it followed a couple of days of "good police work and surveillance." He said more details would be emerge in the criminal complaint, to be released later today or tomorrow.

Patzner, 22, was gunned down while delivering lasagna to a needy neighbor.
Witnesses said that three youths were harassing Patzner as he tried to bike down Fremont Avenue moments before he was killed Monday night. McCarty said right now police "are just looking at the [probable cause] murder charges" against Hamilton, but added "we're constantly looking for more information... [charges] can always change."

A WCCO report quotes Patzner's farther, Jody Patzner Sr., as saying that while Hamliton lives just a block away from the home he shared with his son, he doesn't know him.

"I don't want to cry on camera... it's a sigh of relief," Patzner Sr. said. "I hope he gets what's coming to him. Justice will be served."

Previous coverage:
-- North Minneapolis man, 22, shot to death during attempted bike robbery
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effeminate dad
effeminate dad

The thing that gets me is the libtardiest of you cry racism on any individual that points out the gap between races, yet you are the biggest supporters of the racist machine that is the US gov. Culture is killing you, yet you can't get enough.

PointyNipples
PointyNipples

I check this story every couple of hours just to see what new outlandish comments have been made.

The white
The white

That's a bunch of bullshit, I hope this case holds up, dealing drugs and gangs are what's gucking up this naborhood, that motherfucker should be shot in his big ass lips, when I first heard about it I was a work and I had a missed called and a voice mail, my brother say my nephew was shot, I hope that little notch rots in jail, try!! Not to drop the soap big homie...

Me
Me

When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slideWhere I stop and I turn and I go for a rideTill I get to the bottom and I see you again.

Where You At?
Where You At?

Can someone borrow me an EBT card?  I am all out of malt liquor!!

LaQuanda
LaQuanda

Who gives a fuck if sum honky muthafucka got killed?  My people have been killed by all of you racist muthafuckas since like...um......100 years ago.  Fuck Y'all. I hope this Honky rots in Hell.......Know what I am Sayin'?

S. Abdul Otherwise Himself
S. Abdul Otherwise Himself

First of all, my condolences to the family.Second?  My condolences to Jody Patzner's friends and all who knew him.Third?  I hope Hezekiah never sees another free day and dies behind bars.

And last?  Only the City Pages would posts advocating genocide and eugenics be allowed to remain for weeks at a time.  What a high water mark for anything resembling journalism.  Good luck to any and all staffers with plans to get jobs with living wages in this field, dragging this dreck about your ankles.  You're going to need it.

Bigjuan4u2
Bigjuan4u2

Trolls aside, this article and subsequent comments really underscores the great divide that exists in our society.  On one hand one cannot honestly feel that if for some reason you were riding a bike down a street in certain parts of Minneapolis at night and a young African American wearing perceived thug gear approaches you there wouldn't be a natural instinct of fight/flight.  On the other there has been such a history of corruption by Caucasian authority figures ie police, politicians, etc. that no one feels sympathy for the white male.  I don't know, I think were in for something ugly.  Remember Rodney King anyone?  If Zimmerman is found innocent (rightly or wrongly), I believe shit is gonna hit the fan.  Even in my own culture, there is mistrust of both African Americans and Caucasians on certain issues.  The melting pot is too hot and has now broken what ever was meant to be melted imho.  We need some real leaders to step up and be unifiers not dividers.

Where You At?
Where You At?

I think the solution is to bring more blacks here from Chicago and Gary IN.  Our prisons are not full yet.  Blacks=crime and poverty. The United States was so much better until we gave up Civil Rights.  

Where You At?
Where You At?

Blacks are the downfall of America.  They contribute nothing.  They only collect Welfare.  Blacks: We should have just picked our own cotton.  

Where You At?
Where You At?

The bottom line is this:

An uneducated black thug who inserts his cock into another uneducated black hole...results in yet another uneducated criminal.  Proof is in the pudding. 

Where You At?
Where You At?

Bottom line: When blacks move into an area, crime goes up and property values goes down.  A FACT.  Go and look at Brooklyn Park.  At one time is was considered to the "Edina" of the north suburbs.  Then the blacks came and turned it into the Compton of Minneapolis.  When blacks move in, only bad things can happen.

Cdemikols
Cdemikols

Anonymous: Don't feed into them, their trolls. Any ACTUAL Intelligent Conservative who believes in Getting a Job and working hard for their things would put in the due diligence and read the facts of what their spewing. The only people who spew this incorrect and racially motivated jargon are lower- average middle class, high school educated, no college degree weilding middle managers who lucked into a position that allows them to take a vacation to New Jersey once and year and buy an iPhone so they think they've accomplished the dream by themselves. Ignoring the fact that their nice school district, filial piety (They don't know what that means), generational wealth, and sheer luck have put them in the places they are. If they were smart they'd know that approx 30% of Welfare recipients have stable jobs and 74% have supplemental income. They'd know that 25% of Welfare recipients are rural white families, and that welfare/unemployeement benefits while helpful, will only give a family a minimal amount of money, much less than the poverty line which means that none of these people "Get paid by the Gov't to sit on their ass." They'd also know that any sociology study will show that the greatest factors that lead to crime are prior victimization, history of abuse, poverty, and lack of education; so by their fathers pushing all the minorities into derelict, "lesser" areas of town because they were the racists of the 50's and 60's they caused the area that exists today..

Also, this guy is garbage. It has nothing to do with race. Black people don't run around cheering because one of us shot a kid and stole his bike. We're not monsters. Just like we don't think all white people kick down Arab doors and shoot 17 women and children. 

George
George

It's not 'racist' to point out that a minority 20% of the population in this country are responsible for 80% of the violent crime......  A 2005 DoJ study isn't even that kind.

Rottenjohnny89
Rottenjohnny89

First off, my deepest sympathy to Jody's family.  I can't imagine.  I used to live up Norf.  Until I came to my senses and got the hell out of there (flipping the bird to the crap hole out the side of the moving van).  Buying a home in the ass crack of the Midwest was the single biggest mistake of my life. To all the posters who are crying racism to anyone who recognizes the fact that the north side is owned and operated by parasitic, angry, strung out, thug ass losers.  And yes, the vast majority of them happen to not be white, Asian, Latino, Kurdish, Bengali, etc.  Instead of hating Whitey, why not go enjoy this utopian diversity firsthand?  May I suggest you put down the bong this mayday and go have your parade up at folwell park.  Maybe stick around after sunset and get to know your Minneapolitan neighbors!

Big Lake Escapee
Big Lake Escapee

Good news in a sad sad story. My heart goes out to this kid and his whole crew. Leave it at that.

Renae0069
Renae0069

What a low life scum bag piece of shit this wanna be gang banger is. The mayor of the city will do NOTHING to fix this ongoing epidemic they have going on in the city. It is a damn shame.How many more murders will have to occur before someone in office takes notice?!...A year or so ago it was a black man that killed another young black man I believe his name was Keontrell or something along those lines in the same area as this young man Jr. was murdered on Monday. Although I think that may have been some gang related shit going down right there. Regardless the circumstaces, this shit needs to effin stop. My blood is boiling

To Jody Jr's entire Family I am so sorry that have to endure such pain from someone stupudity. May your loved one RIP. You have yourself one hell of an angel in Jody. May God bless and watch over you all in this difficult time. Amen...

HK.45ACP
HK.45ACP

The Leftist Media Now has Blood on their Hands! If this was 3 White guys or 3 White/Hispanic guys, that Killed a Black the Media would be all over this case like Rats. They did NOT kill him for a cheap $20 dollar bike, they Killed him because he was WHITE! 

S. Abdul Otherwise Himself
S. Abdul Otherwise Himself

If the race relations gap was as wide and pervasive as it would appear from, say, reading this comment thread alone?  We wouldn't have Obama as president.  And we absolutely wouldn't have had Herman Cain become a prominent Republican presidential nominee 30 seconds longer than a certain nominee from central Minnesota.  

The small-time vandals here are little more than society's cowardly cockroaches that scurry away in the light of the real world.  They have a little corner in an even smaller and barely significant forum to crawl around in.  And that's about it.

Perspective, people.  Perspective.

anonymous
anonymous

You shouldn't be allowed to have a computer. Actually i'm shocked that the public library is open this late for you. 

Cdemikols
Cdemikols

That's untrue. Otherwise Gentrification wouldn't be a growing trend in cities around the world. (For those of you who don't know, gentrification is the process of moving People of Color out of a poor neighborhood to create small mini-ghettos in wealthy suburbs, buying property for low amounts, and then "cleaning up" the neighborhood and reselling the property for a hefty profit. Many investors are gov't officials, sich as the ones in MN who divert police traffic from areas in order to drop property values more quickly. They divert this presence to wealthier areas in order to maintain the values of their wealthy constituents/donators. The problem is caused by greed and wealthy people. Which if you want ot put a race on it; would most likely be whites. 

anonymous
anonymous

Wow. You are a piece of human garbage. Nobody is denying the crime rates, you're just using them to be a. an asshole b. racist. Typically there are higher crime rates in areas with high low income minority populations. There are more poor people, who have less education, and for whom crime is really their only option. But that doesn't mean you get to refer to all blacks as a whole being one autonomous group. Also Brooklyn Park is not the Compton of Minneapolis. That's possibly the dumbest thing you've said yet. You've never been to Compton, and you have zero idea what it's like. So basically your whole point, the reason you've spent your entire night in front of the computer, is that "When blacks (all blacks of course) move in, only bad things can happen." Wow buddy.....wow....Sometimes I wonder what makes this country shitty and then I see stuff like what you've written and I think "oh yeah...that". 

anonymous
anonymous

Oh, and miserable too. That's why you're so angry. You hate your life and blame others for how poorly it turned out. 

anonymous
anonymous

Get it? Because you're a racist and a bad person!

Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

Kurdish, Bengali? What?? I guess you forgot the Eskimos and Aboriginals while your at it. I actually know people in the north side, Rotten Johnny, and not all of them of them are black, as I believe you are most certainly hinting at. They work just like most of society. I'm sorry you had such a tough time operating in North Minneapolis, but you should understand the reason why this area is generally comprised of low income making people. Look up the word gentrification as an introduction to city developments, and maybe we can dive further to tackle some other issues you know nothing of.

Where You At?
Where You At?

how do you know they did not kill him for his $20 bike?  Here is what $20 can buy you in North Minneapolis:

18 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor3 packs of Swisher Sweets (plus change)2 ounces of blunt.

So robbery could be a motive.

Just Sayin'.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

I used to think you were semi-aware. A narrow race relations gap, calling a killer a "small time vandal". You've been living in the safe, manufactured suburban theatre too long. Try taking just one stinky bus (a 5, 21, or 94 for example) and see how many times you're called or inferred to be an "uncle tom" or "uppity nigga". See how many times white hatred, "nigga", free gov money, and crime sprees pop up in any given conversation. See How many of their children are treated like rag dolls and spoken at like prisoners. Don't act like you still know, you ain't been to the ghetto in a while.

Me
Me

Wealthy whites like whom?  RT Onyourback? Johnson, Samuels, Liligren? Whom are you accusing of this land grab?  You do realize that 12 of 13 city council members are DFL right? (the 13th being green party)  You do realize that Mpls has not elected a GOP mayor since 1973 right?  Also, has this Gentrification been going on for the last 25 years?  Because that is how long I remember N Mpls being in decline.  How long would you care to continue to blame others?  Look at Detroit and do 5 minutes of research at their elected officials and I'm sure you will get the correlation.

anonymous
anonymous

Or am I wrong? Is it the evil minorities out to get you and all your (i'm sure) valuable things that you've worked oh so hard for. Only pure white Aryans such as yourself work hard you know. 

Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

Okay, I need to be shopping at your liquor store. 18 forty ouncers at nearly a dollar a piece? And who are you buying your cannibis from, or "blunt" as you put it. I've been doing it wrong this whole time.

Rottenjohnny89
Rottenjohnny89

don't forget about...

a rocka bj from one of the upstanding ladies of the area$100 worth of food stamps new cornrollsstolen woofer for rusted out delta 88etc.

anonymous
anonymous

No you're not just saying. You're a hate filled piece of trash who doesn't have any friends and is mad about how depressingly your life turned out so you blame others. Please shut up and keel over of a heart attack sooner than later. 

anonymous
anonymous

Not funny. And as I said before nobody is saying north minneapolis is a nice place. You're just an idiot. Do you even know what the word hypocrite means?

anonymous
anonymous

My argument is that you are an asshole. Why do you feel like anyone cares about your opinions concerning this case? Are you and expert? Were you there? Then why do you seem to have a preoccupation with letting people know what YOU think about the entirety of north minneapolis? Go yell on a street corner or something, nobody cares. Your opinion is not original or worth anything.  

anonymous
anonymous

Yeah....nobody is arguing that.  Your reading comprehension isn't great. 

Rottenjohnny
Rottenjohnny

Like I said before, I've actually lived in the paradise that is North Minneapolis for six years.  Seen "beauty" of it and made a choice to get the hell out.  Again, hop on your bike and pedal your patchouli scented self up Penn, stop of at El Amin's, grab a sixer over at BLO and share a couple cold ones with your homies if your so enamored.

anonymous
anonymous

I was more referring to your casual racism. 

Rottenjohnny
Rottenjohnny

sorry, the subject of cornrows never came up in any of my english/lit/foreign language courses.  My bad "anonymous".

anonymous
anonymous

They're called cornrows. Was it tough not graduating from high school?

anonymous
anonymous

Your logic is absolutely unreal. Can you seriously not read? I'm not blaming anyone except the guy who did this. Not entire races of people, not Wall St....no one. The only thing i'm trying to say is that you are an asshole. What kind of a sick person, when he see's an article like this, spends hours of his night posting racial hatred and advocating for an us against them mentality.And that's the problem buddy. You don't think they're as good as you. You think poor people and people of different races are some how lesser, and you even put "people" in quotation marks. That's pretty messed up. You should try to get some therapy or something. Oh, and also learn to read, and then to put what you read in context so that the next time you're posting racist shit online and someone calls you out on it you can slowly read through what they wrote, identify the main points, and then actually respond to those points as opposed to arguing against things you made up in your head. Bang.

Where You At?
Where You At?

anonymous:  These "people" whom you refer to contribute NOTHING to society except crime and poverty.  So we should blame white society for black crime?  It is OUR fault?  No.  The people on Wall St. are not killing people over a $20 bike.  If ANYONE is ignorant it is YOU. 

Rottenjohnny
Rottenjohnny

Whats the matter "anonymous" you mad?  Well even though pissing off a pinko pussy is so much fun, I gotta tie up the boat, (get's kinda cold on Tonka in the evening you know).  But before I go, I'd like to offer up an olive branch.  Tell you what, my tenants will be moving out of my house soon.  How'd ya like to rent it out!  Summer is coming up soon, who needs crime tv or movies when you can dodge ACTUAL bullets? (Norfside is so beautiful this time of year).  Hypocrite.

Rottenjohnny
Rottenjohnny

Above reply was meant for you "anonymous".  Sorry, 8th grade edumacation ya now.

Rottenjohnny89
Rottenjohnny89

"A. We don't throw tons of money at the problem"Really, what do you call food stamps?  Tax funded after school programs?  section 8 housing? Seriously, I could go on and on.

 "Our schools are massively underfunded, teachers barely make a living wage" 

While I will agree that our teachers are not paid what they should be, they are not exactly living in poverty either. Starting at $31k/yr with possibility of $48k/year on average in MN.  http://www.teacherportal.com/s....

compare to say, airline pilots

"On average, starting pay at major airlines is $36,283 –- about double where many regional airlines start pilots, but darn low for mid-career professionals who likely take a pay cut from regional airlines to latch on to a major carrier. " http://blogs.wsj.com/middlesea...

yes, there is potential to earn more if you excel among your peers and become captain, etc.  Maybe if we could pay teachers according to their merits such a lofty pay scale could be the norm as well?

However, say all of North High teachers did make $80-$100k per year, would that solve the problem of baby mommas having multiple children with different fathers, no male role models in their lives, and simply not going to school in the first place?  

Why is it that other minorities given the same socioeconomic conditions in the Northside aren't faced with the same breath taking problems that the Black community is?  Why is it that positive Black role models who eschew the reliance on others lifestyle are castigated by their own community.  Simply saying more money needs to be spent on the problem is quite frankly, very short sighted I'm afraid.

anonymous
anonymous

A. We don't throw tons of money at the problem. The only thing that receives money in North Minneapolis is the police force, WHICH if you'll remember was recently exposed for stealing from North Minneapolis residents because they didn't think "they deserved nice things". Our schools are massively underfunded, teachers barely make a living wage, yet people still wonder why our best and brightest don't become teachers. We have the lowest minimum wage in the developed world and no health benefits, so if poorly educated kids wanted to go out and "pull themselves up by their bootstraps" they would struggle to make ends meet no matter how hard they work. Oh, and the only jobs that are available are at Mcdonalds and other places that treat their employees like dirt. And people wonder why these kids turn to crime. It's because these kids have no applicable job skills and have the societal pressure to live the american dream and get rich bearing down on them. Then when some of them turn to crime people like you cast their entire race as deviants, which further enforces the idea in the kids minds that they ARE deviants, and the cycle repeats.   So your solution is to do what? Give more tax cuts to multi-millionares? Our society created this problem and you want to do nothing to help and let them starve to death because you've decided they're "lazy".  Or maybe they're just unlucky enough to be born into different circumstances than you or I. Have some compassion for gods sake. 

Where You At?
Where You At?

anonymous: sadly, this is not a case of "actions of a few".  It is actions of MANY.  And your assessment of the cause of the problem is absolutely correct, but what is the solution?  Throwing more government money at it?  No, we have been doing that for 40 years and nothing has changed.  It has only gotten WORSE.

anonymous
anonymous

Also what, pray tell, is "2 ounces of blunt"? Idiot. 

anonymous
anonymous

No, no you don't. You're disparaging an entire race because of the actions of a few. Yeah, north minneapolis is bad crime wise, yes this kid is a piece of garbage, but absolutely none of that has anything to do with race. In the early 1900's the Irish were considered the lowest of the low class wise, and they were seen much the same way horrible racists like yourself see blacks today. This is the kind of stuff happens because these kids are uneducated, their schools are terrible, their parents don't serve as good role models, and because there are no jobs for them to fill. Crime in low income area is symptomatic of larger societal problems, not the undesirability of an entire race of people. But yeah i'm sure some jerk who has nothing better to do than comment about how all African Americans are horrible is qualified to assess a situation like this. Why do you think anyone cares at all what you think about this case? You've got a messed up line of thought buddy. 

Where You At?
Where You At?

You can call me what you want, but I take heart in knowing that I speak the truth (a truth YOU don't want to hear or admit to).

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