MPD issues alert about downtown muggings

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The MPD believes the same group of suspects is targeting people walking downtown by themselves for muggings.
The MPD is asking people to be especially vigilant in downtown Minneapolis following a string of four muggings during the past week.

SEE ALSO: Whatever happened to the downtown Minneapolis mobs that beat people senselessly?

"What we're seeing in this pattern is victims walking downtown by themselves on a sidewalk outside, and they're approached by a group of three to five African American males," MPD spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington told City Pages. "The average age range of the [suspects] is late teens to early 20s. Victims are punched and pushed to the ground, and their phones and wallets are taken."

The primary location of the incidents has been Marquette Avenue to 1st Avenue North, according to the MPD.

Barrington said the muggings have taken place both at day and night.

An email alert distributed by the MPD provides these crime prevention tips if you're out and about downtown (or anywhere else in the city for that matter):
-- Please, be aware of groups forming and notify Police through 911.

-- Keep an eye out for people who could easily be victimized (too much alcohol; by themselves; from out of town, or late in the evening)

-- Warn those with behaving in a way that could lead to victimization (leaving purses/brief cases unattended; smart phones left visible on a table or bar; or just inattention to their surroundings)
-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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69 comments
jessesomething
jessesomething

Sounds like a description of some groups I see riding the free bus down Nicollet most days.

kennyX
kennyX

Lock & Load. 

Shoot to kill. 

The streets need to run with blood before they can be cleaned.

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

Here's the deal, drug dealers make a lot of money, usually enough to post bail and be right back out on the streets.  These muggers are most likely customers of the major drug dealers on the Mall hoping to get some quick cash to go buy heroin and coke at the library.  The market attracts violent criminals who get jumpy when they run out of drugs.  You want to catch these guys, go to the apartments at the end of Nicollet mall (south end) and wait at the bus stop there, likely they are sitting there right now high as a mutherfukker on some mugged dudes tab.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

the warnings given by the MPD seem pretty extreme.  

no forming groups

keep and EYE out for others...


these are ridiculously slippery slopes... and even slippery for pussies living in fear like the MPD and the rest of you hick ass gun nut


i will not be controlled by FEAR

regguy
regguy

Cops to busy going to gay weddings...

1stAve
1stAve

All the way up and down Nicollet it seems like it's perfectly fine to deal drugs in front of the cops and everyone saw they could get away with that so why not try mugging people too. CLEAN UP THE STREETS MPD

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Instead of wasting $$ on Backpage.com prostitution stings, how about a few stings downtown to try and get a few of these thugs off the street.

Susan Montgomery
Susan Montgomery

wow...things sure have changed. When ever I have been mugged or someone I know has been or injured down there. didn't seem like no one gave a shyt. Is this one of those deals when a visitor is attacked or some high and mighty so than it becomes an issue, or did it just take so many victims before they got alarmed?\

kennyX
kennyX

Instead of blaming the police, why don't we blame the lack of parenting skills that these "youths" were subjected to while growing up.

Oh, wait, I forgot. It is not up to parents to teach their children right from wrong. It is up to community organizations, the public school system, and tax-payer-funded "social programs" to do the job that their parents are apparently not capable of doing.

After all, it takes a village to raise a child. The parents are immune to any responsibility. It is up to the rest of us (and our tax dollars) to raise their children that they had no right to have in the first place. Because according to Progressive logic, The parents are victims of an oppressive society. They were forced to insert Object A into Slot B, while having no means to support the Object C that is the result of the former. 

Damn it! It is all Bush's fault!! And those fucking Republicans. They should all be arrested and jailed for promoting personal responsibility and accountability. Republicans are fucking assholes. All they care about is the rich!  We need more DFL politicians who understand the plight of the poor. 

Such as Mark Dayton and Nancy Pelosi.        

Mark Witte
Mark Witte

good reason not to go to shelbyville.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Vilhelm...I know, they aren't even trying to hide it and the cops still do nothing. The police downtown are always hassling homeless people who aren't bothering anyone and are just sitting there yet the aggressive panhandlers and thugs like this they ignore. And we all know why, they don't want to be accused of profiling.

Vilhelm Willy
Vilhelm Willy

not surprised, what with the types that deal drugs out in the open in front of the downtown library.

yeah
yeah

when you see a gaggle of thugs go break that shit up

JoeMaffei
JoeMaffei

And people complain that putting cameras everywhere is a violation of their privacy. They should be sticking cameras all along Hennepin and adjacent streets.

Jean Claude Cau
Jean Claude Cau

How about enforcing curfew and police downtwon aggressively?

Tanya Pratt
Tanya Pratt

I second that ( even though down in TX )...

yoopie93
yoopie93

@kennyX  You lost, kenny.  You lost the Civil War, you lost the civil rights struggle, you lost the fight against the sexual revolution, you lost the culture war of the 80s, you lost the more recent culture wars against gay rights and voter disenfranchisement, and you lost the moral high ground on every issue you hold dear.  And you lost in life.  You've lost in everything you've ever tried to do and believe in.  And that's why you're here posting nonsensical and desperate comments about shooting to kill.  Because you're scared and lonely and you don't know how to deal with the fact that you are, in the end, a loser. 

Nothing you do or say makes me or anyone else here angry.  It just makes us all sad.  You don't own a gun, kenny.  You're not going to shoot anyone.  You're going to sit in your lonely basement and type messages on internet comment boards like the troll you are.  It's all you know how to do.  And that is so fucking sad it almost chokes me up.

You lost, kenny.  Game over.  But keep leaving your comments.  The truth is, the sadness of your pathetic nature only serves to reinforce the joy of my own station in life.  Because when someone loses, by definition, someone else has to win.  And you are a living, (mouth) breathing example of just how much I've won in life.  'night, ken doll.

laxx1559
laxx1559

@digitalprotocol The one about groups is fairly extreme.  There are many drunk people in downtown Minneapolis.  The safest thing to do would be to not walk alone, or walk through well-lit areas.  If possible, don't stay downtown past bar close when it's less populated.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You already are controlled by FEAR. It's highly irrational to be believe that a gun is going to kill you, especially as guns don't think or even breath.

levering
levering

@kennyX I think you should either move away from here or move away from planet Earth (ie kill yourself), you sad sack of shit.

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

@kennyX the republicans are very responsible.  Responsible for starting two unfunded wars, and lord knows, those aren't social welfare programs for bubba's with guns or anything.  And they are responsible for ham-stringing our education system, all the way back to Reagan that has resulted in these poorly educated scumbags.  You are spot on, lets allow the Repugs to keep showing us such amazing responsibility.  I agree with you that parenting is a lost art in America, on ALL sides of the fence.  Once those poorly educated youths become adults, then they are all of our problem, and we can either pay to educxate them up front, or jail them on the back end.

yoopie93
yoopie93

@kennyX   Wow kenny, you've got some really smart and incisive ideas here in your post.  They really speak to the true nature of this article.

First, you start off by smartly putting the word "youths" in quotations.  Of course, the rules of grammar dictate that when one puts a word in quotation marks, it suggests that you are pointing out an irony.  In this story, the author points out that the police have identified the suspects as being in their late teens and early 20s.  While most people would consider that age range to be indicative of youth, you, kenny, were able to figure out that the suspects are in fact suffering from that Benjamin Button disease where people age backwards.  So your use of quotes here isn't an example of your general cluelessness about the English language, but instead is a bright example of your authorial wit.


Second, your observation about how the suspects' parents are lazy, uninvolved, and dependent on social programs (at your expense!) is spot on.  Oddly, the facts of this case are such that no one even knows the identities of the suspects, and thus it's literally impossible for anyone to know anything about their lives, let alone the details of their upbringing.  But you see right through that, kenny.  How do you know?  Because you've been there.  You've walked a mile in their shoes and then some.  I mean, you've never lived in a big city before--hell, you've usually too afraid to leave the suburb that you live in to even visit Minneapolis.  But you know.  Your supreme powers of deduction allowed you to cut right to the core of who those people are and how they were raised.  I just hope you're working with the police as a profiler to help run these scumbags down.


And finally, you really nailed it when you just pushed away all the bullshit and got to the real core of the problem.  The Democrats.  Damn it, kenny, when will people wake up and see that liberals are secretly trying to undermine the social welfare of all underprivileged people in society?  They're so blind!  Even though this relatively short article is pretty much just a nuts-and-bolts reportage of the facts involving the who, what , when, and how of the case, you read right between the lines, kenny.  You saw the author's real intent--to secretly promote the re-election of Mark Dayton and Nancy Pelosi!  This article practically reads like it was written by Karl Marx or the Democratic National Committee.  But you exposed them.  Woodward and Bernstein have nothing on you, man.

I don't care what anyone says about famed mathematician John Nash--it is you who truly has the beautiful mind, kenny.

dillonbakke
dillonbakke

how about defending yourself; buy defense tools, like a gun or mace

dillonbakke
dillonbakke

maybe this is a bid to try and authorize more CCTV on streets; you know, for our safety.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran where have i said i believe a gun can kill me. I am immortal and laugh at those fearful of gang violence

kennyX
kennyX

@mohanlon3

Good point, but the problem is that you cannot educate people who do not want to be educated,

kennyX
kennyX

@yoopie93

"Oddly, the facts of this case are such that no one even knows the identities of the suspects, and thus it's literally impossible for anyone to know anything about their lives, let alone the details of their upbringing."

Well, I'm sure when the facts come out, the likelihood of them being students at Breck or St. Thomas is probably zero. But you just keep on drinking that Liberal Kool Aid. Or better yet, start drinking Purple Drank. I hear it is quite refreshing!  

kennyX
kennyX

@yoopie93

You just keep on apologizing for their behavior. But what happens when YOU become their victim? Will you scream and cry and say, "Hey! Don't hurt me! I'm not racist! I voted for Obama! Twice!!!!!!!"


Onan
Onan

@kennyX @mohanlon3  - You realize that the "intelligence" given to Congress for the authorization to invade Iraq and overthrow Hussein was cherry-picked and spun by the Bush Administration, right? 

Remember this little happy nugget of information: "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

levering
levering

@kennyX Do us all a favor and leave planet Earth. We're all so sick of your racist comments and paranoid, fanatical tirades. Yes, we all know you work and pay taxes. We know. You have to remind us every two seconds. What difference are you making in the world by doing those things? Absolutely nothing.

laxx1559
laxx1559

All this "Obama has a evil master plan" stuff would sound a lot more probable if he was an actual dictator.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@The_Truth    This site is plumbing new depths.  Maybe this is the sort of stuff that supports ad revenue by driving clicks and page-views.  But there is liability involved here.  Clearly City Pages and MyVoiceNation do not object to this sort of commentary.  Or perhaps their staff, in the role of clickbait trolls, are pushing the envelope to see how far they can take it.  It's not funny, that's for sure.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kennyX  strong rhetoric from somebody too pussy to show up to a fight at the target center

what a bunch of mental masturbation garbage yo7u just spewed. you are sometype of gay

kennyX
kennyX

@yoopie93 

After all, you are far more intelligent than I could ever hope to be.

kennyX
kennyX

@yoopie93

So please enlighten a stupid person such as myself to what your ideas are to reduce crime and poverty in this nation.

I'm listening............

yoopie93
yoopie93

@kennyX @The_Truth   Like anyone else looking at this site, I didn't bother reading your post.  Quoting a passage from a discredited buffoon of a wannabe politician is exactly as pathetic as it sounds.  And before his comment gets removed, you should take heart that geniuses like @The_Truth are exactly the kind of people who agree with you in the world.  You'll make a lovely couple some day.

I will sleep well tonight because I know the truth about the very thing that you can't admit to yourself--that you are the true minority, kenny.  It's kind of the ultimate irony, right?  I mean, here you are, blaming all of the ills of society on all of the people who look and vote differently than you, and yet deep down inside, you know that at the end of the day, it's you and a small band of angry, white conservatives, screaming to yourselves in the media echo chamber and filling comments boards with your stupid, stupid thoughts who are the ones looking around at the rest of the world wondering why they can't be more like you.  But when you troll websites like this, it shows just how desperate you are to be heard by anyone, because no one else anywhere is listening to you.  You're like the kid who acts out to get attention when the grown-ups aren't looking at him anymore.  And like those grown-ups, we look at your posts, chuckle, and shake our heads because of how obvious the desperation is.

I know it's scary for people like you, kenny.  I can't imagine being as racist, xenophobic, reactionary, and well, just plain uninformed as someone like you in today's world.  It's so easy to hear Rush and Hannity speak those words and get you all stoked up.  And I know you want so badly to believe that the people who don't look like you are the ones causing all of the world's problems.  But you know that isn't true.  You drown out your own common sense with these rants of yours, and spew your boring, oversaturated conservative talking points like some kind of Republican Linda Blair from "The Exorcist."  But at the end of the day, in the back of your tiny, closed mind, you don't believe your own bullshit.  You're just scared of what's coming.  And you know there's not one fucking thing you can do to stop it.  It is this powerlessness that brings you here, to try and find someone, anyone to validate the lies you tell yourself.  But it just doesn't work, does it?  Why?  Because you're in the minority.

So kenny, you can keep trolling your thoughts on sites like this, and I imagine that you will.  And I will continue to call you out on your racism and stupidity, and the cosmic ballet called life will go on and on.  But when you're ready to take off your retard-colored glasses and embrace the truth about the world--that its ills come from ALL kinds of people (yes, even people who look and vote like you!), then we'll be here to welcome you to the club of smart people, where we can debate ideas on a rational level without hate and ignorance getting in the way.  Free yourself, kenny.  If you do, I promise to buy you a shirt.

kennyX
kennyX

@The_Truth

This is a far greater issue than just race and crime. The issues of black crime and poverty is nothing more than just (yet another) symptom of the Liberal/Socialism disease. 

Democrat politicians can ONLY retain power when they have control over the have-nots. This is how past Socialist nations (key word: PAST) gained power over their people.

I hate to copy and past other people's talking points, but read this:


By Wayne Allyn Root(Las Vegas Review-Journal, April, 3 2013) 


Barack Hussein Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. On the contrary, he is brilliant. 
He knows exactly what he's doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic 
failure, economic crisis and social chaos thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within. 
Barack Hussein Obama was my college classmate.(Columbia University, class of '83)
He is a devout Muslim; do not be fooled. Look at his czars... Anti-business anti-American. 
As Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day one, Barack Hussein Obama is following the plan of 
Cloward & Piven, two professors at Columbia University... they outlined a plan to socialize America 
by overwhelming the system with government spending and entitlement demands.

Add up the clues below. Taken individually they're alarming. Taken as a whole, it is a brilliant, 
Machiavellian game plan to turn the United States into a Socialist/Marxist state with a permanent 
majority that desperately needs government for survival... And can be counted on to always vote for 
even bigger government. Why not? They have no responsibility to pay for it.


Universal Health Care:
The Health Care bill has very little to do with healthcare. It has everything to do with unionizing 
millions of hospital and healthcare workers, as well as adding 15,000 to 20,000 new IRS agents 
(who will join government employee unions). Obama doesnt care that giving free healthcare to 30 million 
Americans will add trillions to the national debt. What he does care about is that it cements the dependence 
of those 30 million voters to Democrats and big government. Who but a socialist revolutionary would pass 
this reckless spending bill in the middle of a depression?

Cap and Trade:

Like healthcare legislation having nothing to do with healthcare, Cap and Trade has nothing to do with global 
warming. It has everything to do with redistribution of income, government control of the economy and a criminal 
payoff to Obamas biggest contributors. Those powerful and wealthy unions and contributors (like GE, which owns 
NBC, MSNBC and CNBC) can then be counted on to support everything Obama wants. They will kick-back hundreds of 
millions of dollars in contributions to Obama and the Democratic Party to keep them in power. The bonus is that 
all the new taxes on Americans with bigger cars, bigger homes and businesses helps Obama spread the wealth around.

Making Puerto Rico a state:

Who's asking for a 51st state? Who's asking for millions of new welfare recipients and government entitlement 
addicts in the middle of a depression? Certainly not American taxpayers! But this has been Barack Hussein Obamas 
plan all along. His goal is to add two new Democrat senators, five Democrat congressmen and a million loyal 
Democratic voters who are dependent on big government.(This will tip the balance of those living off the 
government to more than those who must pay for it; and we're done for.)

Legalize 12 million illegal Mexican immigrants:

Just giving these 12 million potential new citizens free healthcare alone could overwhelm the system and bankrupt 
America. But it adds 12 million reliable new Democrat voters who can be counted on to support big government. 
Add another few trillion dollars in welfare, aid to dependent children, food stamps, free medical, education, 
tax credits for the poor, and eventually Social Security. (see note above re: Puerto Rico)

Stimulus and bailouts.

Where did all that money go? It went to Democrat contributors, organizations (ACORN), and unions -- including 
billions of dollars to save or create jobs of government employees across the country. It went to save GM and 
Chrysler so that their employees could keep paying union dues. It went to AIG so that Goldman Sachs could be 
bailed out (after giving Obama almost $1 million in contributions). A staggering $125 billion went to teachers 
(thereby protecting their union dues).
All those public employees will vote loyally Democrat to protect their bloated salaries and pensions that are 
bankrupting America. The country goes broke, future generations face a bleak future, but Obama, the Democrat 
Party, government, and the unions grow more powerful.

The ends justify the means. Raise taxes on small business owners, high-income earners, and job creators. 
Put the entire burden on only the top 20 percent of taxpayers, redistribute the income, punish success, and 
reward those who did nothing to deserve it (except vote for Obama).

Reagan wanted to dramatically cut taxes in order to starve the government. Barack Obama wants to dramatically 
raise taxes to starve his political opposition. With the acts outlined above, Barack Hussein Obama and his regime 
have created a vast and rapidly expanding constituency of voters dependent on big government; a vast privileged 
class of public employees who work for big government; and a government dedicated to destroying capitalism and 
installing themselves as socialist rulers by overwhelming the system.

Add it up and you've got the perfect Marxist scheme all devised by my Columbia University college classmate 
Barack Hussein Obama using the Cloward-Piven Strategy.

Last point: think about what this designed rule of the rabble will do to anyone successful and everyone receiving 
this is. What will your lives be like under Communism? The time to fight this abomination is now.


digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@The_Truth you're either a fat white hick or some real loser 16 year old from someplace hick as fuck like apple valley. are you a fucking nazi or something or is a black dude fucking your mom,wife,sister,girlfriend  nah prob fuckin g your mom or daughter.  i prob would to since you clearly have no dick . you're just another pussy controlled by fear.

i would love to see you and @kennyX downtown sometime. living dreams.

go back to the hole you came from you caveman bootlicker

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