Hit-and-run, stabbing, shooting mark unusually violent weekend in Whittier

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Minneapolis Police Department
Investigators work at the intersection of 26th Street and Lyndale Avenue South following a hit-and-run outside the Bulldog Friday morning.
This summer, crime has reemerged as a huge issue in north Minneapolis -- not that it ever went away in the first place.

This past weekend, however, was marked by a string of unusual violent crimes in south Minneapolis's Whittier neighborhood.

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The first incident came just before bar close Friday morning, when 39-year-old Tarrince Winbush was the victim of a hit-and-run outside the Bulldog Uptown Bar on Lyndale.

"Investigation to this point shows that the suspect and victim got into an argument in the Bulldog," the Minneapolis Police Department says in a news release. "The argument continued out onto the street at which time the suspect got into a car and, with apparent intent, hit the victim with the car. The car then struck a scooter and another car parked at 26th [Street] and Lyndale Avenue South. Neither vehicle was occupied."

The driver, who was behind the wheel of a maroon four-door Town Car or Mercury Marquis-type vehicle, remains at large, MPD spokesman John Elder tells us.

Winbush, meanwhile, was left seriously injured. Then, just before midnight that same day, officers responded to a report of a shooting just a handful of blocks from the Bulldog on the 2700 block of Blaisdell Avenue South.

Once there, cops found 53-year-old Kenneth Madison with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he later died.

Yesterday morning, 59-year-old Rico Howard was arrested in connection with Madison's murder. In a release, the MPD says Howard "was arrested while attempting to flee the state." More information will be revealed if and when charges are filed against him.

Here's Howard's mugshot:

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The third incident occurred around 2:20 a.m. Saturday when officers were summoned to a report of an altercation with one person injured in the area of Franklin Avenue and Fourth Avenue South.

"Officers arrived and found an adult female with an apparent stab wound," the MPD says in a separate release. "She was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where she died of her injuries. The suspect fled the scene prior to officer's arrival."

The victim has since been identified as 46-year-old Nanette Marie Haghi, who suffered a fatal stab wound to her chest. The suspect remains at large as of this morning, the MPD tells us.

Despite the proximity of all three incidents, MPD spokesman Elder tells us investigators don't believe any of them are related.

h/t -- WCCO

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.




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20 comments
Jeff Hoffman
Jeff Hoffman

And when the white devil police act on it, the masses will shit all over them for helping.

Brikti Hodge Woods
Brikti Hodge Woods

I remember that ..... The Howards lived in my neighborhood growing up. Are you any relation?

lisadubbels
lisadubbels

@atrupar And yet, this neighborhood has changed so much in 2 yrs (at 26th & Blaisdell w/small kids).

Elisa Maria
Elisa Maria

On my wayhome Friday at about 6:30 pm i witnessed an attempted mugging and assult at 28th &Dupont in uptown. The dude tried taking a woman's purse. She and her boyfriend fought him and the dude kicked them as hard as he could in their faces. When i saw the boyfriend get kicked in the freaking head i shouted at the kid & he ran off without her purse but holy shit!!! WTF????!!!! All those fancy condos are making the everyday people targets for violence in uptown. I've never been afraid of moving about in the city but now....

Chad Howard
Chad Howard

That would be a GSW to the chest....Rico Howard murderer another person with his car 14yrs to the day of shooting this new victim

czootzoot
czootzoot

that's just not true cracker


henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

What an asinine comment to make. No cops killed an innocent kid here, there are no protests, so what in the WTF are you talking about? What's the connection?

usuck
usuck

What did the mugger look like? It's ok, you can tell us. 

Thehophead
Thehophead

It's always been happening in south mpls in that area. It use to be a lot worse back in the late 80's and 90's.. So no one else try to help the couple out? More people need to stand up for other and stand up more in the neighbood.

downtown1
downtown1

Yep, I live off of Nicollet and on the weekends it's quiet because everyone leaves the neighborhood to go rob drunk people in uptown. Sad but true. 

usuck
usuck

@Thehophead more people need to stop being easy victims. keep your situational awareness high. don't give people you don't know the time of day, be suspicious. and arm yourself and know how to use your weapon. 

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

@downtown1 So what's the sad part, everyone in uptown is drunk? Your neighborhood is deserted or the fact that all your neighbors are robbers?

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