Minneapolis flash mob beatings: Victim details "sudden" attack on Saturday night, March 31

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The spree of mob assaults in downtown Minneapolis -- including a dual beating last Saturday -- hasn't escaped the notice of CNN.
We wrote yesterday that last weekend seemed to have come and gone without another mob beating in downtown Minneapolis. Unfortunately, we spoke too soon.

Last Saturday at about 11:30 p.m., a group believed to consist of four juveniles assaulted two victims in quick succession in front of the Foshay Tower near 8th & Marquette. One of the victims, 27-year-old Matthew Collie, was knocked unconscious and ended up with a broken tooth. The other victim didn't want to be named, but ended up with serious injuries, including a broken arm, according to two sources. Neither victim was robbed.

Sgt. Steve McCarty of the Minneapolis Police Department said one juvenile was arrested in connection with the attack. The other three got away.

Collie said he was walking downtown on his way to a show when he stopped at an ATM near 9th and Marquette.
What I remember is at one moment I was walking down the sidewalk, and the next thing I knew I was sitting on the sidewalk. I had lost consciousness. I only realized as people came up to me that I had been attacked in some way, punched in the jaw most likely. There was a cut on my chin, and I broke a tooth, but other than that I was okay.
Collie said he has no recollection of who attacked him. Dave Johnson, a witness who works in the area and saw the tail end of the incident, said, "most of [the assailants] were African American," adding that they seemed to be "high school kids."

"It happened so fast," Johnson said.

Collie was apparently the second victim the juvenile mob attacked in quick succession. According to Johnson, "50 or 60 steps" before Collie was attacked, the group "hit a guy, then kicked him." The 55-year-old victim of that attacked suffered serious injuries -- including a broken arm, according to sources -- but declined to discuss the incident on the record, citing concerns about falling prey to another beating.

Sgt. McCarty said the March 31 attack was "different than most of them we've had. Most have had larger groups, and five people would break off and attack." In this case, the group of four assailants weren't accompanied by a larger group. McCarty said it's too soon to say whether the juvenile arrested in connection with Saturday's beatings was involved in any of the six previous incidents.

Collie, a downtown St. Paul resident who previously lived for a year in downtown Minneapolis, said he won't let the assault scare him away from downtown.

"A couple people have told me that they are worried about downtown, but my response is that I lived there for a year, and didn't feel unsafe," he said. "It's not as if I could have done anything different to prevent this sort of thing from occurring, there's nothing I can do to change it, so there's no reason to change how I go about my day."

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Megcturner
Megcturner

I think the occupiers need a hobby, but it enrages me thut that they were being arrested Saturday, but the damn cops can't find 20-30 people that are going around beating the shit out of people. Seriously. Every damn time I am downtown, I see a cop on almost every corner. Where the hell are they now? Perhaps letting a bodycount happen before the arrests so they can look a bit more heroic? This city is starting to disgust me. I haven't decided if I'm moving when my lease is up, or if I'm just going to get a gun.

mark buser
mark buser

It would be fun to dress up to look like a victim and have some mace or numchucks handy and walk around looking for these cats to teach them a lesson they badly need. Come on lets get it on boys! Or better yet a conceal and carry and kneecap everyone you can catch or blow off a limb etc. As sport hunting declines maybe the DNR should issue license for this kind of activity? You would not be allowed to kill anyone but maiming and serious injury scores the most points!

jon carter
jon carter

don't call it flash mobs, call them predators.  Are they racists? perhaps, but mostly they would attack the weak.  Should the 'good kids' be prohibited for the viciousness of criminals?  For the common good... to protect women and children in our society... It is done at MOA...

PE
PE

These black thugs are just cowards... Karma will get them.. what goes around comes around.

Fknbastages
Fknbastages

The time they attack someone with s permit to cary, they will be killed, then the person that killed them will be charged with being racist just like the florida case

Joe J
Joe J

Nope, nothing like the Florida case - except maybe to someone like yourself. Actually, the kid in FLA was not doing anything wrong, yet he was being followed by this Zimmerman character - even after the cops told him NOT to follow him. The kid was protecting himself - are you really that dim-witted not to see the major differences here? If someone were to shot one of these flash-mob punks, they should get a medal.

Fknbastages
Fknbastages

Yes I know about the florida case. It wasn't about race, except maybe to someone like you. It read about some wanna be cop that thought he was the tough guy with a gun. And they made it into a race t thing, like you. If it happens in downtown minneapolis, it WILL be a race thing when it was someone truly defending themselves.

Joe J
Joe J

And how did I make it into a race thing? What part of my statement refers to race? Or do you read what you want into something, not what's actually there? All I said is that there are no comparisons between the incident in FLA and the flash-mob attacks downtown.

Sosx2
Sosx2

i hope the next headlines are 12 gangbangers dead after trying to attack 2 innocent patrons downtown.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 It would be an interesting test on both sides liberal and otherwise to see how it would be dealt with.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Oh Travon Martin, WE MISS YOU SO!Now we must hate, rob, attack, and destroy stuff in your honor.

What a messed up world...

Herb Hates Kirk
Herb Hates Kirk

nobody is going to respond to you kirk, because you are a troll and an unimaginative one at that.  say, have you checked your schedule yet?

Mike
Mike

Stop calling them "flash mobs". It makes you seem out of touch.

Mitchell Billings
Mitchell Billings

I agree, I am  so sick of the racially prejudiced lack of a narrative when a black person attacks a white person.  In any case I abhor violence and racism and as such, I feel that a crime where one race selects and targets members of another race should result in a hate crime enhancement.  I believe in keeping a low profile and carrying a big stick, or in cases like this, arming yourself per minnesota's conceal and carry laws.  If more private citizens protected themselves with firearms assaults like this would not happen, the police, the government, they cant protect us, it is freedom, prudent and available to carry a concealed weapon to protect yourself from hoodlums, gangsters and goons

Jody
Jody

Is Brother Ali going to make a social commentary on this?

*taps foot waiting*

wtf
wtf

 Brother Ali will make some BS excuse on how its bc of something that happened 200 years ago... He has no clue...

Mark Snyder
Mark Snyder

Please stop referring to these groups of attackers as "flash mobs" - flash mobs get together to dance. They don't attack people. Whoever is doing this is simply a mob or a gang or whatever, but they are not a flash mob. Jeez.

Josh
Josh

4 people is nowhere near large enough to be a flash mob. people need to stop giving flash mobs such a bad rap.

Zatarra11
Zatarra11

I have come to believe that there are two types of racism.  1-- racism from ignorance.  2-- racism from experience.  I used to believe that all forms of racism were in category 1.  I am being forced to change my mind into thinking 2 exists and may be valid.  

Are you for reals?
Are you for reals?

 Okay, so you're a real racist.

Zatarra11
Zatarra11

 Not yet, but I may be getting there.  Can you answer my question above?  You only have two choices, racist or idiot. 

Mike
Mike

Unfortunately you've shown that those two aren't mutually exclusive.

We all prejudge. That's just survival and largely involuntary. But we have to choose bigotry. It is the choice of the weak.

Zatarra11
Zatarra11

African American?:  I am shocked.  

Kellyjknigge11
Kellyjknigge11

minnesota has a bunch of bleeding heart liberals.nothing will happen to the black race in minnesota and they know that. everybody's too scared to be politically correct .

Are you for reals?
Are you for reals?

 Are you are real racist, or just some snickering teenage troll trying to elicit responses such as mine?

Zatarra11
Zatarra11

Ok answer this questions honestly-- you hear that one of these "flash mobs" has occurred.  You are forced to invest your life savings betting on the race of the perpetrators.  If you guess wrong you lose everything.  What race do you bet on?  If you say African American, are you a racist?  But if you don't say African-American, you are an idiot.  So, what are you, a racist, or an idiot? 

Andrew
Andrew

Oh come one.  You can do that with anything.  Bet your life savings on what gender these kids were.  Would you guess male?  Then I guess you should conclude that men are violent thugs.  Bet your life savings on if the perps are taller than 5'6".  Would you guess they were?  Tall people are terrorizing our city!  Bet your life savings on whether they make more than $100,000 a year.  Would you guess they don't?  THE POOR ARE WREAKING HAVOC IN DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS!

Maybe you should bet your life savings on how you would answer this question: how can a campaign of random attacks by a small group of kids whip up so much terror in a large urban population?  My bet would be on playing off the prejudices of that population.

The point is: these thugs, as we're calling them, WANT you to have a racist reaction.  They're like abused dogs sitting in a fenced-in yard, and you're putting a "Beware of Dog" sign up.  They get more and more aggressive every time someone walks by and jumps ten feet in the air if they so much as whimper.  What a power trip!

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 That's interesting because if you base your response on experience - is that racist?  Remember to be prejudice you must have an inherent judgement based on race without totality.  So if you are raped or beaten 4 times and they were all black - is it racist to guess black?

Research
Research

Matter of time some guy with a gun goes down there just for the purpose of getting these guys.  He'll act as if he's not noticing his surroundings when in reality he's just waiting to get jumped.

Eric
Eric

I'm sorry, but SHOOT THE DUMB NIGGERS ON SIGHT.

Elena Williams
Elena Williams

I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this: I work downtown, I get off late, I always see at least 3 or 4 squad cars on my way home from work. How is this going unnoticed, even though at least 3 similar beatings have happened? 

Casudd
Casudd

My guess, it's one of two things, Elena. Either 1.) these thugs are criminal masterminds on par with the greatest crime syndicates in history (which, given the fact they're reportedly mostly minors, I tend to doubt), or 2.) the MPLS police department is TERRIFIED to either do anything about it or confront these thugs (which I'm really starting to believe).

Time to nut-up, police, and do the job tax payers are paying you for and what you signed on for. This is getting out of hand!

etc
etc

It doesn't take being a mastermind to know not to attack somebody right in front of the police. I work within two blocks of five of the attacks and I've seen the increased police and security guard presence. Even if the cops are only a block away, that's enough time to attack somebody and start running.

Elena Williams
Elena Williams

I thought about this a little more, and I do see a few things that could hinder the police department in preventing these crimes.   It's downtown, it's late, people travel in groups and It isn't fair to assume every group of 4 or more males is up to no good. Also, none of these beatings/attacks seem to be tied together. If every instance was gang violence by the same gang, I think the city would have figured out who the culprits are by now. But a bunch of minors with nothing to do? Frightening. 

What is most unnerving to me is that these attacks are happening at relatively "early" times of the evening- 11:30pm is pretty busy on a Saturday night! The city already put up those huge spotlights on the corner of Nicolette and 7th, anyone think it would help prevent these crimes elsewhere? (Well lit areas have been fabled to deter crime) What about letting metro area highschool teachers know about these attacks and ask them to keep open ears in the hallways? Kids want reaffirmation what they did was "cool", their bound to talk about it at some point.

Jim
Jim

Charge them with a hate crime and as adults.

Clarence
Clarence

At this point, it seems to me that that may be the only way to curb these incidents. Imposing a curfew on a targeted area will simply move the problem elsewhere where normal, law-abiding citizens will once again be targets for acts of this brand of terrorism. And considering that these incidents are clearly racially motivated (against whites and asians), they should absolutely be classified as hate crimes.

This is really starting to get scary.

Oscar
Oscar

Agreed. If groups of whilte people were consistently attacking black people the NAACP would be here in no time. Its a joke.  

Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

Jody, you live in Andover from what I gather. Save your thoughts on what goes on in our city, because next to what you read, you really have no clue. Save your opinions because they have no credibility.

theoko
theoko

Per Tony Beasley, one of the victims of the attacks as quoted in the linked article in the first line of the article above:""They all seemed to be wearing skinny jeans and stuff that was more like skater kid stuff, which made me feel as though they were from the suburbs," he said. "It's a totally unfounded guess, but that increased my feeling that I was in no immediate danger."

A witness at the most recent beating said that most- not all- of the attackers were African-American.

We only know the race of one or two of the victims, unless you can cite in any of these articles any clearer indications.

There are a lot of racists on these forums making statements far beyond the information found in the articles.

Sosx2
Sosx2

not one of them were white. All witnesses said that there were black or african american.

Jody
Jody

theoko: thanks for being my #1 fan.  I really do appreciate it.

Now, I have a question for you:  Since you are obviously intellectually superior to me, and since I have no right to express my opinion, what would your solution be to this problem?

Certainly we can agree that a curfew isn't going to solve the problem (oppps....sorry...I just expressed my opinion again.....my bad).  But summer isn't even here yet.  This problem is only going to get worse as summer approaches when the kids are all out of school.  And when the tourists come this summer and spend nights downtown and witness this behavior (or worse, become a victim of it) what is that saying about our fair City? Because obviously you hold a PhD. in Sociology, what is your recommendation?  I would really love to hear your input.

--Signed, Your celebrity friend. 

theoko
theoko

Dear Jody- I guess I could place my head in the sand; or I could spend frightening amounts of time writing crazy, racist, paranoid, moronic posts on the City Pages website.  Actually, with your experience being a crackpot, can you tell me which is most pleasurable?

- signed, Your #1 Fan

Jody
Jody

and theoko: You should place your head back into the sand where it belongs.  You are obviously much happier there than in the real world.

theoko
theoko

"I haven't seen any racist rants on this thread, but there are a few thread posts that seem to be asking folks to not get upset and to accept these crimes."

I haven't seen any such posts.  Can you name the time and poster?  Are you referring to a different forum, or just pulling something out of your rear?

theoko
theoko

To Jody -  I'm sorry you get defensive when people show you clear reasons why you should examine your gut reaction to news events. 

Regarding the Zimmerman/Treyvon case, you obviously have no idea what my thoughts are.  If you did, you would understand that I also argue for holding back final conclusions until we know more about what happened. 

I'm afraid my viewpoint on these matters might not fit into your fevered, racist, knuckle-dragging philosophy- I think you should stick to trying to understand the Teletubbies as they're more your speed than an average, literate adult.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

I haven't seen any racist rants on this thread, but there are a few thread posts that seem to be asking folks to not get upset and to accept these crimes.

Jody
Jody

theoko: What I like about brainwashed Liberals like you is that you like to talk out of both sides of your mouth.  People like you were the first to jump on the "Zimmerman only killed Treyvon because he was BLACK!!!!" bandwagon without knowing any of the facts first.  Yet, here you are preaching to us that we should not jump to conclusions regarding the race of the perps or the victims until we know all the facts.You, my friend, are the epitome of hypocrisy.  

theoko
theoko

To Joe, as I cannot reply to your message-

The point of my post is that we do not know the races of the attackers or victims.

It seems likely that we do know the attackers are largely african-american, but as several articles make clear, there is a great deal of uncertainty in the matter.

What is even less clear is the race of all but one of the victims.

If you insist on saying the beatings are a form of racism, when you do not know the race of the attackers or victims, what are you?

Think hard, champ.

Joe J
Joe J

Maybe so, but seems to be racists beating up people downtown and that's far worse.

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