Cyclist claims Molotov cocktail was thrown at him from Midtown Greenway bridge [PHOTO] [UPDATE]

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Ditlefsen (left) says a Molotov cocktail thrown at him set the Midtown Greenway ablaze.
-- Original post from April 3; update at bottom --

Just after 1 p.m. this afternoon, Drew Ditlefsen was biking eastbound on the Midtown Greenway when he says he received a very scary surprise.

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As he passed under the 15th Avenue bridge, he heard a crash and glass breaking. Afraid more objects would be thrown at him, he kept moving, but he managed to look over his shoulder quickly and he could see the entire width of the Greenway in flames.

Apparently, a Molotov cocktail had been thrown at him.

"It was like the movies, almost," Ditlefsen said.

Ditlefsen says that by the time he felt comfortable turning around to get a good look at the two Molotov cocktail-throwers on the bridge, he was too far away to be able to provide suspect descriptions. And while there were many people on the Greenway today, Ditlefsen said he didn't think there were any witnesses to the incident besides himself.

Once he returned to Peace Coffee's Minneapolis headquarters, a coworker told Ditlefsen he could smell the gas fumes on him. Ditlefsen called police and told them about the incident.

Here's the MPD's police report:
Unk suspects [i.e., unknown suspects] threw a Molotov cocktail from the 15th Av S over pass onto the Greenway bike path almost striking the listed reporting party as he rode by on his bicycle.
Ditlefsen took a picture of the scene after the flames subsided. Here it is:
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"The officer said in 13 years, he'd never seen anything like that," Ditlefsen said, adding that the officer said investigators would be trying to pull fingerprints from the broken glass left on the Greenway.

As someone who regularly uses the Greenway to make deliveries and to get to and from work, Ditlefsen said he uses it "just as much as anybody in the city." He said he's had things thrown at him while biking down it four or five times before -- but nothing like this.

:::: UPDATE ::::

Two preteens have been arrested in connection with last week's Molotov cocktail incident on the Greenway, the Star Tribune reports.

From the Strib:
Two kids suspected of launching a Molotov cocktail at a Midtown Greenway cyclist last week may be too young to charge with a crime, a police spokesman said.

"They're at a real sensitive age," said police spokesman Sgt. Steve McCarty, who could only say the two suspects are not yet teenagers. It's not believed they had help manufacturing the bomb, which just missed cyclist Drew Ditlefsen April 3 as he passed under the 15th Avenue bridge spanning the Greenway. The flaming bottle exploded when it hit the Greenway surface and burned for up to a minute, Ditlefsen said.
The Hennepin County Attorney's Office is considering whether to press charges. It's unclear what the kids' motivations were, McCarty said.

McCarty told City Pages that the kids, if they're charged at all, could be charged by summons.


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41 comments
keny1
keny1

Here's the bigger question? Why were these pre-teen "youths" not in school at 1pm on a Wednesday afternoon? Let me guess. Mama was passed out after a night of crack smoking in her Section 8 housing while "Baby Daddy" and his "Boyz" were kickin' it at some bus stop on Lake St. Lovely. Let's continue to pour more tax dollars into the Welfare system because we all know how fucking successful it has been. 

Chris Jones
Chris Jones

This guy could have been seriously hurt. I think that the kids need to be held accountable. Perhaps community service in a burn unit?

staceygraham
staceygraham

I know people who have been physically assaulted on the Greenway at night riding around the West Bank area.  I've also rode the Greenway early in the morning where all kinds of stuff has been thrown off the overpasses to shatter on the bike path.  If you're riding on it about all you can do is be proactive and not ride directly under people walking across overhead.  In a perfect world the city would put up chain link fences but in this reality, as in any other bicycle situation, you always have to do the best you can to look out for yourself.  Just like a pedestrian, be aware and proactive towards danger.

eljefe612
eljefe612

then charge the parents...right?

stop
stop

Hate crime against hipsters?

Aindrea Pease
Aindrea Pease

Especially when they are too young to be charged...that makes them under 12 years old.

Randy Bell
Randy Bell

Where do you get the idea to throw a Molotov cocktail at someone???

eddogg67
eddogg67

All you cyclists are losers, and some of the biggest jerks to boot!This sounds funny as fu$&

bikethinker
bikethinker

Interesting take on a story about a cyclist being fire-bombed, digitalprotocol. You sound like more of a stereotype yourself. 

shanghaiscrap
shanghaiscrap

Are there any reports of witnesses either seeing the bottle thrown, or witnessing the fire burn? Been a while since I've ridden through there, but if memory serves me well it's usually well-trafficked.

BrendaJane Garlick
BrendaJane Garlick

I've had rocks thrown at me on the greenway in the same area. A bunch of kids. I went after them but they scattered.

Sarah838
Sarah838

"...too and from work"? I'm available for editing.

ben612
ben612

They need to put fences up on the bridges through Phillips. People keep throwing things off of them. This is just the latest in a long string of this sort of thing.

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

The good people of Minneapolis might want to take up the spring and summer version of Biathalon...

Marc Spencer
Marc Spencer

and adam.... i assume you are being sarcastic

Marc Spencer
Marc Spencer

kittiy noodle is an idiot. wtf does this have to do with guns???

barbertj23
barbertj23

8 comments in and some people already made this into some kind of asinine commentary about guns.

I'm looking forward to the wonderfully witty feedback I get for saying that...

Cyclist
Cyclist

Bikers wear leather. Pretty sure this guy is a CYCLIST. 

Kitty Noodle
Kitty Noodle

That's why banning guns will never work. It's people, not guns.

Onan
Onan

 Keny, you seem to have...issues...

keny1
keny1

@Chris Jones Nah. The Liberal judicial system in Minneapolis will just slap them on the wrists and say, "We'll just wait until you actually kill someone, and then we might consider community service". 

keny1
keny1

@Trevor Ludwig Welfare parenting, most likely.

Erica
Erica

@eddogg67 Sounds like you are a real winner in life like those two kids who were caught tossing the molotov cocktails. Someone could have been maimed or killed and that is NOT funny.

deepbreaths
deepbreaths

@Stuart W. Perkins settle down kemowsabe, what you're doing is dangerously close to something called libel. 

ludwitr
ludwitr

@Stuart W. Perkins yeah man, what a terrible idea to set up patrols with undercover bike cops.

What exactly are you trying to warn people about here?  Do you think that people literally throwing bombs at defenseless individuals is something that people should just laugh off?

Sarcasm on the internet?!?!  Who would do such a thing!?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@BrendaJane Garlick hahahah you went after them

ludwitr
ludwitr

@Kitty Noodle You're probably right.  We should sell pre-made bombs at wal-mart instead, and let people do what they will.

keny1
keny1

@ludwitr And you have just won the "Moron of The Day" award.

keny1
keny1

@MNjoe Why are my comments stupid? Because I tell it like it is, and don't live in some sort of delusional sugar-coated utopian fantasy land like you do? Let me guess, you probably believe that these molotov cocktails just threw themselves down into the Ghetto...errr....I mean, Green Way.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@keny1 No one could take that accolade from you - your stupid comments win the prize every article.

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