North Minneapolis man, 22, shot to death during attempted bike robbery

Categories: Homicide Files
Jody Patzner Jr.JPG
Patzner was murdered while being a Good Samaritan.
Jody Lynmarvin Patzner Jr. was delivering a plate of lasagna three blocks down the street to a needy neighbor Monday evening just after 8:30 p.m. when he was gunned down in the 3500 block of Fremont Ave. N.

He was shot to death after three boys demanded Patzner hand over his bike. A witness told the Star Tribune that the boys were "harassing [Patzner] and stuff," but said "he didn't give them no feedback or nothing."

The witness said, of the assailants: "They said 'give me your bike... give me your bike...' [then I heard] Pop! Pop!"

Patzner, 22, kept biking after being shot, but didn't make it far before collapsing in the street and dying as several neighbors rushed from their houses to see what was going on.

Sgt. Steve McCarty of the Minneapolis Police Department said police aren't releasing descriptions of the suspects at this time. "Investigators are investigating, and they've decided not to release that information," he said.

Patzner's stepmother, Tara Hesser, told WCCO she has already decided to move away from Minneapolis in the wake of the murder of her stepson, who she described as a "really good kid" who loved music, NASCAR, and football.

"I'm ready to move, this is it," she said. "I gave my notice today. I can't live here anymore."

Patzner's murder is the fourth homicide this year in Minneapolis. Three of them have occurred in north Minneapolis.

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safeasmilk
safeasmilk

there was no attempt to take Jody's Bike! ~ tell the truth! #noJustice! @lies 

A neighbor who said she witnessed the attack said the three assailants were walking on the east side of the street when they confronted Patzner, who was biking past.

"They was harassing him and stuff," said the woman, who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation. "He didn't give them no feedback or nothing."

"They said 'Give me your bike ... give me your bike ...' Pop! Pop!"

The assailants ran off as Patzner biked on, passing the witness before collapsing.

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/146880485.html?refer=y

safeasmilk
safeasmilk

when is the million Plate of Lasagna march?

 

this was NoT an attempted bike robbery,

the 3 cold blooded killers made no attempt to take Jody's bike.

where are the follow up stories?

the outrage?

hello...

KJ
KJ

I.m with you Carlo and ready to move to Europe if more of these wright-wing facist idiots buy, cheat or steal the next election.

Ask yourself people, why do we have these shitty neighborhoods with untamed youth running around with guns? Why do we have single parents in run-down housing with no opportunity for a decent education or job?No healthcare for one limits opportunity. No education limits opportunity. No decent paying jobs limits opportunity. Do you see the big picture here?

No opportunity breeds no self respect which is passed on to the children who see the same. So drugs, guns and money becomes the only path.We need healthcare, education and JOBS that pay a living wage to generate self-respect and the opportunity it brings. Then people might start to respect themselves and others and the value of life.These knee-jerk reactions of arm yourself ala the Wild, Wild West do not solve the problem because there will be an ever increasing and endless supply of youth who turn to thuggery in the face of hopelessness. You ever shot someone? Talk to a vet and see if the effect of killing shows up in his dreams at night? The de-valuing of life is a terrible thing. Just watch the movie Deerhunter if you need a reminder of what that is like.

So start by doing something useful, like go to the North side and coach a little league team. I know they could use a few good men to do so. Start a Cub Scout troop and give the kids valuable leadership skills and learning activities. Do something about it! Don't take your gun downtown and look for trouble like Mr. Zimmermann did.

Safeasmilk
Safeasmilk

 "during attempted bike robbery" ? what evidence is there that this was an attempted bike robbery? one witness said they thought they heard them say "give me your bike."?this was a cold blooded murder the bike was not stolen. there is no evidence that they even tried to take the bike... bad headline Aaron? 

Carlo
Carlo

You (americans) have a cultural problem. With guns.I am from Italy, and down there we don't have all this homicides, not because we are better people, just because in Italy is HARD to get the permit to carry a gun. And in fact, the biggest part of homicides are by people who can carry guns (like ex police officers, private guards, military...). This demonstrates that if people can't get guns easily, they don't kill easily.And to face this problem you reclaim more guns, more fear, more violence.Are you crazy?And believe me, I moved here three months ago from Europe, and I'm fucking scared, but still I don't think the solution is going downtown armed like Rambo! We need more culture, more schools, more theaters, more social policy, more assistance, and a DEFINITIVE BAN ON GUNS. 

Bubbaredneck
Bubbaredneck

i heard this story on the way home from work tonight and found it hard to keep from crying! This nation has gone to hell in a handbasket!! If Jackson and Sharpton are for equal and civil rights where the hell are they  now. That's right they are racists and that is a fact. And yes i think these boys should be hunted down and shot like the rabid dogs they are along with the NEW BLACK PANTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sick of all this shit and it needs to be nipped in the bud. They really don't want a race war! they may think they do but they don't!!! And i don't like the KLAN either!! they are a bunch of troublemakers too!!! Hitler was a Fag!! Read the books!! I just wish all this shit stops sooner than later!!! Peace out!!! Love to the family of Mr. Patzner

HK.45ACP
HK.45ACP

Funny how the Print Media is trying to cover-up this story. Had to go to City Pages to find anything worth reading... Pioneer De-Pressed had Zero. I like how the Leftist on here call people Racist until they are the Victim's of Black Thugs, like that biker in down town MPLS that got his Jaw broke, or that Asian that got beat in to a Coma in St Paul, all done by Black Mobs. To the people that refuse to be a Statistic, Get a Fire-Arm anywhere, and use it to protect your Family! Don't let anyone get to close that has that Thug look, and if they do, start pulling and DON'T tell anyone!The Police are Hand Cuffed, do to Liberals like them Worthless Mayor's in Both City dumps.The Media would love it if this man was a Black, and the two shooters had been White or Hispanic/White.. I hate the Media, ALL of them!       

Ninjahmonkey
Ninjahmonkey

Dear City pages,

The problems in north arnt going away.  As a north sider I see things everyday and the cops just dont care, and thats how things get worse.  A my neighbors had their car stolen and it was called un authorized driver instead of car theft. another neighbor had his house broken into, things stolen a couple of years ago and it was unathorized occupant instead of a breakin.  How many more crimes would be reported if they were catagorized correctly.  we have had 5 houses call on the shady house to have it investigeted for selling "Things"  we have called that it is an illegal rental.  No one cares.  This is the result.  sad to say.

SpeaknUp
SpeaknUp

Isn't it customary to release descriptions of assailants who haven't yet been apprehended?  Why do you suppose they have "decided not to release that information" ???  I'm just asking the question.  Wouldn't it be important to be on the look-out for bike-stealing hoodlums with guns???

Darlene
Darlene

Only 4 murders so far this year in a city as big as Minneapolis and she thinks moving out to the sprawlburbs is going to make her safer? I wish her no further misfortune, but I suspect she may be dissapointed.

armedquietly
armedquietly

Everyone out there.........concealed carry permit!!!!!!  Get yours today!  Obligated to flee to safety but prepared to defend yourself, legally. Cops are minutes away when seconds count.

Donnisl
Donnisl

I live and work and ride in Detroit area, gee your town sounds pretty tame. Prayers to the family of tithe slain. I just carry a gun,and do not call the police,if there is a incident. Too many questions.

grb
grb

Even the PD seems afraid to publish the race of the suspect. Sad.

Guest
Guest

yo citypages, maybe you should SHUT DOWN THE COMMENT SECTION on stories like this.  if i was family or friends with this guy, it sure wouldn't help to scroll down and read all these idiotic and offensive comments. 

Douglife79
Douglife79

Fucking uneducated little gangster peices of shit!!! They should be shot in their face!!! I'll hold back other comments of how I really feel. But you wouldn't see white people doing this shit!!!

Nicole
Nicole

I have an idea.... Bulldoze all of North Minneapolis w/ it's wonderful residents (not all of them, just the violent, worthless, pieces of shit who will amount to nothing but another inmate) locked inside & build a new Vikings stadium. Boom! MN's problems solved.

me138
me138

They should turn the north side into a parking lot.

Whoa, Nellie!
Whoa, Nellie!

I can't believe that a bunch of racists, all of a sudden, are reading an alternative weekly. I just wish teenagers would stop lobbing trollish comments just to get a rise out of people. It is pathetic. 

31416wm
31416wm

 It's too easy to kill with a gun. We gotta get the guns away. One way to maybe do this would be to SEVERELY limit the availability of bullets/ ammunition. There are so many guns out there now, that race is run. But BULLETS-- that can be stopped. They have to be bought somewhere, and if some idiots think we all should show ID to Vote, I'm sure a way could be found to register  for bullet purchases, track them, limit them to a certain number, and be sure only legitimate gun owners get a limited number of rounds per season, session... whatever.

Mort
Mort

Judge RosenKrinkel let's 'em go because his sister Sally runs Social Services and she needs business!

Sean
Sean

Regards go out to his friends and family. We are actually quite lucky to have 'only' four homicides this year, it was way worse in the 90's. If you think we have it bad, go to Chicago. They've had 100 homicides this year. http://homicides.redeyechicago...   

John500
John500

Every time I go to Minnetrashpolis I carry a 357 magnum...instead of the usual "self defense security" and protecting myself in a life-and-death situation, I'd be more inclined to tear grapefruit sized holes in some heads at the first sign of trouble... A bus full of those punks lives aren't worth a peanut in a lump of my shit.

youarestupid
youarestupid

@KJ Then make the change.  Stop leaving it up to other people and then complaining when they don't do what you want.  It's not a right wing idiots fault that three teenagers killed a fourth.  That guilt is on those teenagers and the parents who raised them.  There is ample education in Minneapolis, school is free until 12th grade... housing isn't "run-down" until the tenants choose to not take care of it. There are jobs everywhere but people prefer to make babies and live off of welfare before make smart life decisions that involve hardwork and responsible choices.

STOP BLAMING THE WORLD FOR THE ACTIONS OF LAZY STUPID PEOPLE.

JD
JD

why is it up to the cops to fix all the problems?  How about the community take some responsibility and control their own members?  The cops are doing the best they can. Help them out with information and turn these rats in. 

LakeNicollet
LakeNicollet

The PD's withholding suspect descriptions because there is an investigation ongoing. Its standard procedure. And who knows, maybe they ARE also worried about gun fetishist vigilante types--like the ones who've cropped up in this post--driving up to North and taking shots at anything in a hoodie. I would be if I were them. 

LakeNicollet
LakeNicollet

Except when white people do do this shit. Seriously, guys like you just wait for shit like this to happen so you'll feel justified venting your bigotry in public. The world ain't a simple place, but if you really need it to be, there's plenty of gated exurb communities out there where you can be ignorant to your heart's content. Go there. Please. 

tomorrowdotcom
tomorrowdotcom

I think your true feelings were not held back at all.

Oh, brother.
Oh, brother.

 That just moves them to another part of town. Boom, problem back.

geez
geez

Lots of nice people and families live in North Minneapolis who are working hard to make it safer.  Of course there are problems, but don't write off a whole section of the city. It is one of the few places in the metro area where many families can afford to own their own homes. 

Instead of damning the entire North side, perhaps we should invest in social justice programs for low-income neighborhoods that would actually help lower the rates of gang violence and fatal shootings that have been plaguing these neighborhoods for years.

As a Northside resident and homeowner, I have never personally experienced or been threatened with violence of any kind.  Contrary to what incidents like this may lead outsiders to believe, most of the violence in North happens between gang members.  Unfortunately, when shootings happen that affect people like Jody Patzner (a white person) or Terrell Mayes (a little boy), they attract a lot more attention than strictly gang-related gun violence.  That gives the entire Northside a bad reputation that it doesn't necessarily deserve.

I'm not saying Jody Patzner's death isn't a horrible tragedy.  It seriously is.  I live just a few blocks away from where he was shot and I am heartbroken for his family and for my community.  I just think we need to acknowledge how Patzner's victimization is likely to be portrayed in the media versus a lot of the gang-related violence that most people outside the Northside rarely ever hear about - and how that reflects on our community.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 you are racist for bring race into this.

TD40
TD40

Blaming the guns/ammo does not solve the problem.  Take them away and the knives will start appearing.  Limiting ammo only hurts law abiding gun owners/competitors (believe me I thought 1,000 rounds of ammo was a lot to have in storage, until I started competing in pistol/shotgun/rifle leagues and discovered how quickly that number of rounds vanishes) and does nothing to stop thugs with guns (any race there is included).  With the assumption these "boys" (from the article) are African American, the real problem is the lack of response from their community leaders, the outrage at a senseless killing such as this.  All we'll hear about is how these "boys" never had a chance, excuses about growing up in broken homes etc. etc.  They are nothing but excuses, a person has to decide for him/herself to go and commit a crime.  No one forced them to put a gun in their hand, or knife, or punch someone out for their bike/car/money etc.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

NRA would have a field day with that.

"you're trampling my constitutional right to form a militia that I don't intend to ever form!!"...maybe that's just what I hear when they complain.....

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 Not realistic - too much money in that industry and lets face it these thugs have stolen weapons.  What we need are laws protecting the defender in the sign of fear and aggression.  If a group of thugs start running at me, I should be entitled to fire without retribution that " I was not in fear".

TheBlob
TheBlob

 Ideally, your solution would be great.  But we don't live in an ideal world.  An ammo black market would spring up in no time, and its traders would be a violent cancer within the city.

theoko
theoko

The easier solution is for you to never, ever come to Minneapolis...and problem solved (for Minneapolitans)!

TheBlob
TheBlob

You gun nuts with your vigilante fantasies would frighten me a lot more if I wasn't so sure that all your talk is puffed-up bullshit masking your insecurity.

S. Abdul Otherwise Himself
S. Abdul Otherwise Himself

I wouldn't worry about the folks posting racially-tinged posts here actually doing ANYTHING.  They're mighty brave with half a bag of Fritos in their gut.  But otherwise?  Pfft.

S. Abdul Otherwise Himself
S. Abdul Otherwise Himself

You know, not all suburban folks are ignorant.  Or white.  I agree with everything ELSE you're saying, but....

me138
me138

 I have lived on the north side, while I agree obviously there are good people there, I still think that area is a cesspool. As soon as you get to the north side you know you are there that place is like the twilight zone.

TheBlob
TheBlob

ugh... get fucked, dude.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 You probably sit at home in the suburbs and never go downtown.  It's funny how all these folks are pretty damn angry with people calling out what is actually happening.  that black gangs are impacting people in a very terrible way.  why I mentioned black?  Maybe because the media reports black crime more?  Maybe because these attacks are racist against non black people?

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 I'd feel much safer with this guy downtown!

me138
me138

 what makes a person a gun nut?

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 Yes even so.  I'd rather take a bullet from some one defending themselves than from one of these thugs trying to rape me.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

even if you happen to be standing next to one of "those punks (whose) lives aren't worth a peanut in a lump of (his) shit."?

TheBlob
TheBlob

 fantasizing about using their guns to blow people's heads off.  the term "nut" isn't that far of a stretch here.

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