Abdirahman Abdi Ali, 24, arrested in connection with hit and run death of Jessica Hanson [MUGSHOT]

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From left to right, mugshots of Ali taken in 2008, 2011, and 2012.
:::: UPDATE :::: Abdirahman Ali charged with criminal vehicular homicide for Jessica Hanson hit and run

The Minneapolis Police Department announced today it has arrested 24-year-old Abdirahman Abdi Ali in connection with the car-on-bike hit and run that killed Jessica Hanson.

Ali is currently being held on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation, and additional charges may be forthcoming.

THE BACKSTORY: Jessica Hanson, 24, killed while bicycling in hit and run near Lyn-Lake [UPDATE]

Though an MPD press release says, "There is a hold on [Ali's] arrest photo for possible photo line-ups," he's been booked into jail numerous times in recent years for crimes ranging from giving a false name to police to carrying a pistol without a permit to driving with a suspended license. Three of his previous mugs are visible at the top of the page.

Here's the full MPD press release:
This morning around 10:00am, Abdirahman Abdi Ali, DOB 04/02/1989 was arrested for the hit and run that killed bicyclist Jessica Hanson. Ali was booked into Hennepin County Jail for Criminal Vehicular Operation.

Based on witness information, officers in the 3rd Precinct located the suspect vehicle Friday evening. Additional information was gathered during the investigation and this led to the identity of the suspect. Once the suspect was identified by Homicide investigators, the MPD Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) began looking for Ali and making contacts within the community which led to Ali turning himself in the MPD Homicide Unit this morning.

There is a hold on his arrest photo for possible photo line-ups.

The MPD would like to thank the public and the media for their support with this case.
Police say the vehicle involved in the hit and run has been recovered.

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Diabolical
Diabolical

It seems like the majority of people here are focusing on his race... Stop it with your prejudices, I have met amazing Somali people, just like I have met amazing white, black, asian, or hispanic (etc) people.  And I have met bad people of each one of those races. Being an immigrant and committing crimes however should be part of a focus. And the fact that he was caught was good because anyone who hits and runs even if it wasn't their fault are terrible and selfish people.

movingsoon
movingsoon

When will Mpls/MN politicians get it that we who have lived here all our lives are really getting bombarded with immigrants, especially Somalians.  Lets just let them take over, like they have stated (see St Cloud schools incident).  I give up.  I am looking to get the hell out of this state.  I am paying high taxes for what? You get the idea.

Blackpower
Blackpower

Instead of putting such great emphasis on how Somalis are such terrible drivers maybe you should put focus on teaching your idiotic bicyclist (who by the way have no clue on taking road precautions) how to REALLY use a bicycle. Incidents like this have been happening on the daily in the metro area. So, why don't you uneducated racist white folks have a word or two with your local government officials on how to prevent such issue from reoccurring. Sitting around making racist jokes obviously will not bring your loved ones back and neither will it stop further incidents from occurring.

thepete_us
thepete_us

As this douchebag was/has a prior, I blame our justice & immigration system for not deporting him the first time he F'ed up. His ethnicity is of NO issue.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Internet Idiots: The demonym for a person from Somalia is Somali, not Somalian. Morons.

josh019
josh019

I do not condone racism and have no problem with somali or any other immigrants that come here and follow our laws.I was hit by a drunk driver that happened to be an African immigrant (and a member of our national gaurd) and he was driving without insurance... I was injured and hospitalized and it was horrible.  The fact that he had no insurance did not come to a surprise even to the cops out in the northwest burbs where the incident occurred, apparently people think they can come here and live above the law.  Sadly the guy that hit me, died on impact... so on top of my financial burden, I have to deal with reliving the horror almost everyday.  The lawless culture of SOME immigrants is very hard to ignore, especially for those of us that have been personally affected by it.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

It's not very surprising that the guy the cops think did this has been arrested a number of times before.  There's a small number of individuals who account for most of the general mayhem in our community.  Those individuals come from all races, nationalities, and walks of life.  They tend to be lower-class in income and social status, if only because screwing up all the time is detrimental to ones' social status, and those who can control such tendencies do.

I don't care what country this guy is a citizen of; where his parents come from; which invisible sky wizard he thinks (or not) is in charge of everything.  Anybody who decides to drive fast and disobey traffic signals and basic safety considerations like having your lights on at night has something badly wrong with them.  And I'll include the white woman I just saw drive up Park and run the light at 42nd street going at least 45 mph in her Lexus SUV (It looked like she was texting), and the black guy driving the rusted out Oldsmobile who just ran the same light with the rap cranked up so high the shredded speakers were barely thumping.  Sick jackoffs who should be riding the bus for the rest of their lives, and they're just lucky they didn't just kill somebody.

crquimby
crquimby

I see a lot of racist commentary here. Racist, because it's based on assumptions about race and immigrants. It would be interesting to see if, say, area taxi cabs, which have predominantly Somali drivers, have any higher incidence of traffic accidents than overall drivers or in prior years when the ethnic makeup of cabbies was different. Or any other actual reporting City Pages could do on the subject.

Bob Wilson
Bob Wilson

Age progression through mug shots = a life well lived.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

somalis take drivers tests everyday until they pass

Melissa Chelberg
Melissa Chelberg

It's FAR too easy to get a driver's license in this state. It's ridiculous.

chelsmellie
chelsmellie

One, it's FAR too easy to get a license in this state.

Two, why hasn't this guy been DEPORTED!  Are we really giving immigrants this much of chance to become citizens?  I would bet if I go to France, Mexico or Somalia for that matter, I get arrested, they kick my ass out of the country.  Why are we not doing that here?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

the facts that moderators deleted ...

1. somalis are scamming social services HARD

2. somalis get absurd amounts of FREE CASH from govt 

3. somalis take drivers tests everyday until they pass

4. somalis are being recruited by al-shabab and other factions here in our city

5. somalis are into P.E.D.s and other nefarious shit

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

i think they are allowed to take drivers test everyday until they pass- yet they still do not know how paved roads and traffic laws work. 

not to mention that issuing cars and licenses to the severly oppresed women is dangerous to all on the roads, vehicular suicide is very popular among these subjegated women

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Blackpower only a foreigner would use terms like "local government official"

that will get one nothing, expet parking fees downtown

focus on how a tribal community functions in a progressive city and adjust accordingly  

kennyX
kennyX

@swmnguy "They tend to be lower-class in income and social status, if only because screwing up all the time is detrimental to ones' social status, and those who can control such tendencies do."

I have an idea. Maybe we can start tax-payer-funded upward mobility social programs. I bet if we pour money into these programs we will see rates of poverty and crime rates drop exponentially! Oh wait. They tried that with the Great Society programs of the 1960's and they turned out so well that......oh never mind! Sometimes I get such silly thoughts into my head!

brill029
brill029

@Shawn Hebrank Basically they found that the driver, despite being drunk, didn't cause the accident.  He was proceeding through the intersection on a green light and the bicyclist ran the red.  

chelsmellie
chelsmellie

@digitalprotocol One, how do you know this?  And two, this has nothing to do with the entire Somali community.  Just some asshat who is apparently slipping through the cracks.  

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@H8TER  somalis take drivers tests everyday until they pass 

thats pure fact buddy.

how am i a fear monger though. its not about race, its culture and religion. fuck ISLAM and fuck the christian god


DEATH IS THE ONLY GOD I WORSHIP

thinkaboutit
thinkaboutit

@brill029 Actually Elyse was turning left on green. The driver thought the accident happened at Bloomington and Lake instead of Cedar. Maybe he was signaling and slowing to turn and then gassed it when his buddies told him to keep going to Bloomington? Regardless, being DRUNK stops you from PREVENTING the accident. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mrdave  #1 and #2 confirmed by eyewittness friend who is bank teller - cashing govt checks upwards of 14k. Multiple news sources have documented on going scamming of social services - google it

#3 drive around little mogadishu and say im wrong - somalis pass tests just ass aspiring citizens pass citizen test - memorization and persistance. this is the most irrefutable claim i have made so...

#4 this is all over the news - huge trial 6 months ago pertaining to this in fedf court house - continued FBI investigation and surviellance

#5 - i see them at the gym - they see that Americans are way bigger so they hit the gym to bulk up and many use PEDs for extra edge - obvious observation made by yours truly

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@briankmark there is no law in Somalia!  that is the point ... do some research... 

they dont have cops issuing tickets 

so naive you are

al-shabbab...piracy...warlords


thought the spelling looked funny- thanks for the lesson

i encourage you to take a drive down to 24th and elliott - see what you see

H8TER
H8TER

@digitalprotocol Atheism is a religion too.  Faith that there is no god or after life.  

If you worship death, why don't you kill yourself?

kennyX
kennyX

@digitalprotocol People like Mr.Dave just ignore the facts that you presented, and even if they are forced to accept them, they will just make an excuse that Somalis are subjected to "racism" and therefore that justifies that type of behavior. Or perhaps more conveniently, they will just blame Bush. 

Sizzurp
Sizzurp

@digitalprotocol @H8TER Hippocratic. ;-) 

You are spot on re: Somalis. They go fight with Shabaab a few years, come back here and regroup. 

And there is much more than recruiting going on. 

Are Minnesotans that naive?!


digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@H8TER why are you sympathizing with a chaotic and troubled group?

why is nobody refuting my facts?

why do you care so much?

H8TER
H8TER

@digitalprotocol

Sure so smart.  You know whats really going on in the world don't you.  Keep telling yourself that.  If your so smart why don't you save the world with you bunk anarchism bullshit?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@H8TER  i think you know little and that i am waaaaaaaay smarter than you

H8TER
H8TER

@digitalprotocol I think its funny how you are such a hippocrate.  I think you live in fear just like you accuse every gun advocate on this site.  SCURRED OF SOMALIS  SO RACIST

WKaplan
WKaplan

@digitalprotocol @briankmark What happened in your life to make you this hateful? What made you hate an entire ethnicity? Did you not receive love as a child? Is that how such a thing happens? I wonder how you can ever hope to live a well adjusted or peaceful life with these things in you. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@WKaplan please refute what i posited...


not sure to what you are referring - you do not agree that the somali community is scamming social services?

propagating at an alarming rate, taxpayers footing the bill... is this not clear to you?

WKaplan
WKaplan

@digitalprotocol @chelsmellie what is wrong with you? (digital protocol)

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