Over the past month there has been an ongoing robbery and theft-from-person crime pattern in the Marcy Holmes East Neighborhood. Since May 18th, there have been 7 robbery of persons in the Marcy Holmes East Neighborhood.
The suspect descriptions and times of the incidents have been varied throughout the day/night. Here is some general suspect information gathered from recent reports:
• Many of the robberies have happened between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
• Suspects have numbered anywhere from 2 to 6 black males
• Suspects have been early teens to mid-20’s; 5’5” to 6’ tall; slim – medium builds; wearing hoodie sweatshirts (pull over and zipped); ripped blue jeans and acid washed blue jeans
• Weapons have been displayed and used to physically harm the victim
• Suspects have used physical force to take items from victim (i.e. punch to the head or knocked to the ground)
• Suspects have been running to a variety of vehicles (some of the vehicles reported by victims have been verified as stolen)
• Suspects have been reported to:
• Ask for directions before assaulting and/or taking a phone form the victim
• Asked to use the victim’s phone to enter their contact information
• Run up behind the victim and forcibly take items from the victim’s hands
The 2nd Precinct recommends:
• Be assertive with your personal safety
• Walk with a friend and in groups
• Do not put yourself in harm’s way
• Some victims have fought back against the suspects, know your strengths and know how you will react in these type of incidents
• Based on recent robberies in the Marcy Holmes East Neighborhood
• Put your cell phone AWAY, most robberies have involved suspects taking cell phones
• DO NOT unlock or give your cell phone to anyone
• Be aware of the area around you especially when standing at a corner or on the sidewalk in recent robberies cars have been circling blocks and following people
• What are cars doing around you?
• Who is watching you text, call, or video call someone?
• Trust your instincts
• Do not rationalize strange or odd behavior
• When in doubt call 911.
If you believe you are being followed call 911 or use the panic call on your phone
At night carry a flashlight and light up the path you are traveling and use it to identify people and sounds around you.
Observe and Report - Call 911 if you witness any suspicious persons/activity as it is happening, and/or if you believe you are being followed.
Anyone with information is asked to call:
The Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-8477 or
Crime Stoppers of Minnesota
Submit a tip online at http://www.crimestoppersmn.org.
MPD issues a Crime Alert when we notice a crime pattern. The crime pattern may be specific to geographic area, a time period, or specific method of crime. To enroll in the MPD Crime Alert system, http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimealert/police_crimealert_signup
To view crime maps around your area and to sign up for email crime alerts - http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/statistics/index.htm. You may also access information on police stops, crime data, arrest data, use of force, and other information.
To contact the 2nd Precinct’s Crime Prevention Specialists,
• (NE) Abdirashid Ali at 612-673-2874 or [email protected]
• (SE) Nicholas Juarez at O: 612-673-2797 – C: 612-475-4697 [email protected]