Minneapolis mob beatings: Couple describes Seventh and Marquette attack, first of two there that night

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The Kubouseks say they were attacked by a mob of 10 youths while downtown last month.
Kirk Kubousek says that he and his wife, Melissa, traveled from their home in Plymouth to downtown Minneapolis for a night out together on St. Patrick's Day when they were attacked by a mob of about 10 young males.

The couple had just finished dinner at Rosa Mexicano and were headed back to their room at the Marquette at about 10 p.m. when they noticed a group of black males walking toward them down a sidewalk near Seventh and Marquette. With the sidewalk blocked, they either had to walk into the street to get around the group or try to walk through them.

They opted for the latter. "One of the individuals stepped aside to let us walk through," Kirk said. "While we walked through the crowd, I was punched in the side of my face out of my line of sight."

As punches started flying, Kirk, a 35-year-old attorney, says he remembers yelling, "Are you kidding me?!"

Melissa screamed as three separate youths came at Kirk, throwing punches. Kirk says he was able to dodge the blows. He remembers one of the assailants smiling while he threw punches, "like it was fun." As people on the street started to take notice of the attack, the mob dispersed, leaving Kirk one-on-one with a man he says was over 6 feet tall.

"I dodged several of his punches before he ran off," Kirk said, adding that he himself didn't punch anyone. "I believe that if it wasn't for my wife's screaming I would have been seriously injured." Thankfully, he ended up with nothing more than a swollen neck. Melissa, a 33-year-old school teacher, was pushed, and one of the assailants burned her hand with a cigarette, she says.

After the mob dispersed, Kirk and Melissa made their way back to the Marquette. There, they talked to a police officer about the incident.

Wrote Melissa in an email: The "cop wasn't that interested in taking a report, since we didn't have descriptions -- just African-American... [I] wonder how many people have been attacked, since our story isn't even part of the stats."
An hour after the Kubouseks were attacked, Pieter was brutally beaten at the same intersection.

Said Kirk: "We did not file a complaint because we could not identify any of the individuals and the police officer seemed unconcerned and unsurprised over the incident. [The officer, whose name Kirk and his wife can't remember] responded that 'they are trying to get things under control.'"

Unfortunately, the situation at Seventh and Marquette was anything but under control that night. About an hour after Kirk and Melissa were attacked, a 27-year-old man named Pieter and his nephew fell victim to a mob beating at the very same intersection. Pieter ended up with serious brain injuries. 

Kirk said he and his wife are going to file a report to make sure the incident is on record. He said he and Melissa weren't aware that there has been a string of mob beatings in downtown Minneapolis until they read reports about the attacks days after they were attacked.

"We're really regretting [not filling a report] now, seeing as how all this is going on," Kirk said.

Previous coverage:
-- Minneapolis mob beatings: With downtown on edge, police increase patrols [MAP]
-- Minneapolis flash mob beatings: Victim details "sudden" attack on Saturday night, March 31
-- Minneapolis flash mob beatings: Police want earlier downtown curfew
-- Minneapolis flash mob beatings: Victim's mother details St. Patrick's Day attack
-- Downtown Minneapolis rocked by six violent "flash mob" attacks during last two months

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Richard Garyson
Richard Garyson

It is hard to see racism when your a white person whose eyes have been swollen shut after being the victim of a black flash-mob.

Philcat
Philcat

As for Kirk Kubousek and his wife, Melissa, I wish I could have been to help.This is truly the most cowardly act ever.I'm sorry these scum aren't dealt with what it takes, but soon to change.

thedad
thedad

My son was the victim of a flash mob beating on March 23.  They jumped him and two friends riding bikes along Nicholet Mall in broad daylight. A blind side punch shattered his jaw in two places. A 17 year old AA male was arrested for felony assult.  Police wanted to have him tried as an adult but the psycologist claims he's not mature enough to be tried as an adult and will get juvenile detention, a slap on the wrist!  Even if the Police catch them the courts will let them off.  So much for going to Downtown Minneapolis for fun. When will the downtown Minneapolis Business owners wake up and push the city council and the courts to enforce the law.  If this keeps happening  - the only people downtown will be the thugs and they don't  spend much.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

Minnesota has major problems with Somalian Gangs - If this is the case - then stomp importing them.  If any of these cockroaches are immigrants they need to be deported - along with the rest of their family. 

TO
TO

carry amd carry as a rule.  th police do what they can but they can not be everywhere. Training, A caliber you are comfortable with, large clapacity and accuracy will do the trick when the police are not avaiable. 

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

Black mobs = New Al qaeda.  They should be dealt with accordingly.

Guest
Guest

 TRY that with my boys ill trayvon martin your broke asses

EK
EK

Maybe the City Pages should find some of these kids and ask them why they are doing this.

Wow
Wow

which is why i carry a gun, yea im sure it was fun for them.....

John Sorger
John Sorger

These savages belong in a zoo. This is what leftist social policy has created. I hope you're happy.

bonezone
bonezone

 thugs, prostitutes, the dime bag district, pretentious uptown coffee shops, "you offend me" liberals, film majors that serve tables, career welfare recipients, livin' in the projektz mooches, modern counter culture snobs, lazy whining occupiers, should i keep going...? city people..ick. wipe it all out. i know there are a lot of innocents mixed in there somewhere, but as every good progressive knows, the ends justify the means.

Mister Right
Mister Right

There will be no national coverage of this story.  The victims are the wrong color.  What a racist, bigoted world we live in.  Literally thousands of articles have been written about Trayvon.  Where are the thousands about this crime (and countless others) perpetrated by blacks?

http://opposethemadness.com/

Pantsontheground
Pantsontheground

Blacks living in free housing, foodstamps, using welfare to buy/sell drugs, no jobs because why have a job when the guv'ment pays your way. It's a know fact that a VAST MAJORITY of black come up from Chicago to take advantage of Minnesotas welfare system.

Franklin
Franklin

And people say that having a concealed carry permit is a BAD idea?  I personally know three people who have ended potentially violent situations simply by saying, "I have a gun."

I don't know if anyone remembers a few months ago, when Uptown was terrorized by a group of thugs who randomly beat people just for the sake of beating them.  Nobody seemed able to do anything until the gang made the mistake of jumping an ex-Marine who had a CCW permit, and snapped off a few shots at them.  That was the end of THAT chapter...no more beatings.

So logic tells me that, if more people were carrying (and trained to do so...not just anyone who feels like it carrying...we need responsible carriers), that would deter crime because thugs would know that more people are carrying.

JohnSkookum
JohnSkookum

There is NO solution to this except to meet violence with violence, until all of these thugs are dead. Shoot them down, all of them, like rabid dogs.

Mike
Mike

I am tired of young black kids acting like they own the street and praying on mostly white citizens. I know, I know, I'm a redneck racist. If I were in a situation like this, and felt threatened in any way, I would shoot and kill every one of those thugs and not lose a moment of sleep.

Stacey Ziegler
Stacey Ziegler

Angry black people causing trouoble once again... Boring...

Jiaiello
Jiaiello

the sad thing is these kids are probably some spoiled brats from Minnetonka who rode their crotch rockets into town for some sporting event, and the poor black kids who are actually from this community get the bad rap.

Jody
Jody

 I wonder what the great MLK would be saying if he saw how his people have "advanced".  I have a feeling he would be turning in his grave.   

Mavmav63
Mavmav63

Whats happening is CRIME. Lets drop all the Hate Crime and Racist Crap and all the "oh poor me I'm being picked on by someone of a different race." bull. It does not matter what color, creed or religion you are, whether or not you live in a shitty neighborhood, or a beautiful home, whether you make minimum wage or 100K,  YOU HAVE NO RIGHT to lay your hands on another human being. I do not care how ANGRY you are or how you became that way. This country is going in the shitter because we all believe we should get a "ribbon" whether we have earned it or not. That people is CRAP. Stay in school, stop selling and using drugs, stop having babies when your just a baby yourself, stop believing that for some reason or another, you are entitled to a free ride because your great great grandparents were somehow suppressed or owned half the county. No one owes you anything. With the exception of your parents. They owe you plenty. A trip or 2 to the wood shed, a pat on the back when you do well, encouragement when you are insecure and an example to follow. By now most of you are thinking "Yeah Right, Good Luck with that" We cant turn it around on a dime folks. So in the mean time, STOP BEING A VICTIM!!! Go to the class, Get your Carry and Conceal permit and arm yourself. OK, here comes the "Zimmerman" critics. He did alot of things wrong. But in his defense and out of respect for Mr Martin, none of us were there, and 3 of the major networks have admitted to leading and reporting false info to ignite the story. I carry a gun. I am a former Marine and father of all girls. They all know how to handle firearms. Why? Not because I'm a lunatic militia or any of the other titles media wants to throw on those of us that want to protect of 2nd amendment right and family. But Because I refuse to raise victims. This is my country. I will not stand by and let a bunch of ignorant or ignunt "as I read above"  individuals ruin our way of life and peace of mind. So grow up, shut up and do something useful. In a nutshell, STOP BEING SO DAMN STUPID!!!! you make me wanna puke. Thank you for letting me rant. 

Guest
Guest

fucking nigs

melissa
melissa

this happened to me, and i know it is only select few of violent individuals.   i wish the racist comments would stop.  it is not helpful, nor productive.  it just fuels hatred.  my husband and i simply wanted to raise awareness.  we want safer streets downtown, so we can continue to enjoy what minneapolis has to offer.  we want police officers to be more present and be willing to take police reports as a means to prevent crimes, rather than to just "catch people".

Mn Votur
Mn Votur

None of them are Somali but thanks for baiting.  Maybe deal with your Black problem before blaming immigrants Jonny.

Mn Votur
Mn Votur

Then can we blame rightist social policy on racial profiling and lynch mobs. 

Mn Votur
Mn Votur

can we include everyone in minnetonka, lake minnetonka and edina? i mean, Republicons hate the rich too right?

Jody
Jody

lol.....I had to laugh at your "progressive" rip, especially the comment about the "lazy, whining, occupiers".  As much as I hate violence, I actually would like to see some of the "Progressive" OWS people become victims of flash mobs.  Now THAT would be funny. They're gonna be camped out in Loring Park as of tonight, so to all of you flash-mobbers out there:  Here's your chance!!!  Not only can you beat them up, there will be A LOT of dope to steal from them!!!

Sickofexcuses2321
Sickofexcuses2321

This Marine was very lucky. In Philadelphia, the mobs that have been attacking people also carry guns. So what is left? A wild west scenario?

Jiaiello
Jiaiello

 then again judging from the photo antonio dewayne jones, maybe not.  I'd like to know more about this punk, where is he from? who are his friends?

webcelt
webcelt

 The other commenters are right. You're a flaming racist.

JoshWins
JoshWins

@Mavmav63 100% agree.  Could care less about the color of skin, religion, age, etc.  Crime is crime.

Franklin
Franklin

I'm all about gun control.  That's why I always use a good isosceles stance when I shoot, as opposed to firing one-handed or "gangsta-handed."

Marine
Marine

Anyone that says they are a "former marine" never was one. Once a marine always a marine. No such thing as former, that is unless you're a low life trying to fool people. Lying about serving in the military disgusting! Shame on you!

Pamela
Pamela

Don't tell people to stop talking about race and it being a Hate Crime. When it is white on black assault, and if hate crime charges are filed, it can change 4 years in prison to 20. The real Hate Crime, is that only white men, are predominantly charged with Federal Hate Crimes. This is a fact. Plus, in most cases, the police identify hispanics as white on police reports, and then, on FBI Hate Crimes Stats, it appears, as if whites commit more Hate Crimes, when they don't. When black young men, commit brutal assaults or murders on Whites or Asians, very seldom, are Federal Hate Crimes charges filed. I believe Hate crime laws, are moronic and should be done away with, but until they are, whites and Asians should get the same protection. The stats show, they do not.

You are right, about not being a victim. Be prepared and Carry.

Sickofexcuses2321
Sickofexcuses2321

Melissa, I appreciate your sensitivities. I do. And I agree that incidents like this should not  be made to represent "an entire race of people". With that said, I think ignoring the obvious facts that are present, that black males in particular have the highest crime rate WORLDWIDE per population, that in the US black males have the highest violent criminal acts statistics over any other group per population, by ignoring these facts and others, you are a part of the group who enables this behavior to continue, not unlike your remorse in not reporting the incident till someone was seriously hurt. Are you aware that large groups of all black males have been and currently are terrorizing non-black citizens across major cities in the US? leaving broken bones, brain damage, disfigurement and even death in their wake? Do you know that within the black youth community there is a sport of this? The goal is to get posted on "Worldstarhiphop.com" and the like? Are black parents aware of this? has the media made a story of this frightening trend? I think what you and others of like mind, black, white, hispanic, asian, Native, etc, should first Demand police action and make sure inaction is reprimanded by your governing body. March in the streets TOGETHER, demanding the violence stop. Meet with parents and neighbors, have honest open discussions about this issue and make HARD decisions to make it stop. Like parents owning up to their children's whereabouts and actions. Help those parents who have trouble with their out of control kids, but want to make active changes. Take down police car numbers, and names for who patrols those "beats". Write letters asking "where were you?" to the station - non-stop. Forward these complaints and letters to the Over sight committees. I know, first hand being a minority myself the struggles we ALL face, regardless of race or gender. Racist exist in ALL communities and are seriously a small fraction of the whole. But the frustration and unbalanced, race baiting news coverage is going to make a situation that is as of now a limited group of people, spread to a resentful mob if no one stands up and faces the ugly truths.

Pamela
Pamela

Yes, you are right. People stop using racist slurs. Fight back with intelligence, and the law, like legally carrying a gun. What people can do, is watch where you are walking, especially if you are drinking. Walk in groups. Young people. Walk in large groups. Always be aware of your surroundings. Everyone knows now, finally, no thanks to the media and the police, who are the main perpetrators. Be aware.

veemae21
veemae21

Thanks Melissa for sharing your story!  I'm so sorry to hear about what happened to you and your husband, and I hope all is well with you guys.  I hope that they catch these individuals that are doing these things, and soon, so they don't hurt anyone else.  I completely agree with you.  Our police officers definitely need to be more present downtown, putting up spotlights and lowering the curfew isn't going to help.  I often feel afraid while I'm downtown shopping, or having dinner with my mother, or just passing through.  None of us should have to feel that way in our community.  This is such a shame...

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 And how do YOU know that they are not?

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 What has OWS got to do with it.  Stay on topic.My recommendation: If convicted of a crime, that person forfeits benefits along with their father and mother.

Philcat
Philcat

We were trained to kill, they 'thugs' have no idea.Every drive-by they do is never the intended victim, typical Retards.

Jiaiello
Jiaiello

 Upon reading further I see that Antonio is from Brooklyn Park... It's too bad, we give these impoverished single parent families free housing outside of the city so that they can socialize with children from slightly more affluent families and instead they flock back to the inner city to commit criminal acts of violence.

Dr Reefer420
Dr Reefer420

Racist or not, these nigga's need a fukn beating, fuk the CC laws, carry, it is your RIGHT , you do not need a pos CC permit..

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 Are you allowed to let off a firearm in downtown Minneapolis.. hmmmm I think maybe not..

BrazilMacho
BrazilMacho

Actually, "Former Marine" is the proper term to use. Its "Ex-Marine" that is not the correct term. Any Marine would know that. Obviously you are not, nor ever were, a Marine.

Mavmav63
Mavmav63

I proudly served from 82 to 86 and have the DD-214 to prove it.  You are correct once a Marine always a Marine. Maybe a better description would have been, "no longer an active  duty Marine" Dont be so quick to judge. It makes you come off as a know it all. Shame on you!!

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 Wait - until you have to shoot someone and then you are called a racist - then they begin editing your phone call conversation to make you look like a racist.  Then a film director makes a elderly couple live in fear because his black brother was shot.

Franklin
Franklin

Not if you don't mind doing time, you don't.  If you want the law to come down on your side, carry the legal way.  Minnesota is now a "shall issue" state, so there aren't many hoops to jump through.  Here are the requirements:

1. Must be 21 or older2. Must not be prohibited from owning a firearm under MN law3. Must not be listed in the Criminal Gang Investigation System4. Must be a resident of the county from which you request the permit (Minnesota also honors out of state permits for many states...this info is easily available on the web)5. Must complete an authorized firearms training course within one year of applying for the permit, and must present a certificate of completion. 6. Must fill out an application at your local law enforcement office.

Your permit is valid for 5 years, and you have to take refresher training each time you renew.  In the opinion of this veteran and responsible gun owner, this makes perfect sense to me.

If you're going to carry a gun without a license, whatever your intention, you're no better than the thugs who roam the streets and beat people down.  

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 He hates Marines -- kill him!!!! lol

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