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Marshall Terrace Graffiti: Victim Reports Needed by 2nd Pct.

posted Aug 16, 2011, 9:37 AM by Ronnie V   [ updated Sep 13, 2011, 7:59 AM ]

From the 2nd Precinct:

Attached is a map of the area that was impacted by the graffiti last week (Marshall Terrace neighborhood). Tag: Native Mob

As of today (Aug. 16.) the 2nd Precinct has not had a response from many of the victims.

There was an arrest made in the Damage to Property cases in which several homes were tagged with graffiti. It will be difficult to prosecute this case without victim information and estimates for the cost of repair for the damages done.

Please contact Second Precinct Property Crimes if you were the victim 612-673-5712, ASAP. 

Our Position on Criminals/Criminal Activity in Public Housing

posted Aug 7, 2011, 11:18 AM by Ronnie V   [ updated Apr 4, 2013, 9:04 PM ]

We’ve had a recent dust-up on our Facebook page regarding views on active criminals living in public housing and criminal activity taking place in public housing.

It seems that admin comments on the topic have been misconstrued and that the comments of others have been falsely ascribed to our page’s admins.

To clarify, it is and will remain the position of Northeast Minneapolis Crime Watch that active criminals and those with active warrants and those with repeated current arrests should not be living in public housing. Period. (We do not think that all people living in public housing are criminals, as has been implied by agitators).

In addition to the myriad concerns presented by active criminals living in public housing (and criminal activity taking place in public housing), one of the biggest concerns should be the seniors and vulnerable people living in public housing who live in fear and who are victimized by the criminal elements living in public housing.

For many reasons, housing active criminals is not an effective or reasonable use of public housing, and MPHA needs to have better policies and enforcement in place that provide for the removal of those who continue to commit criminal acts while living in public housing, those with active warrants and those with a history of repeated arrests while living in public housing. MPHA also needs to do a better job of quashing criminal activity taking place at public housing (whether by residents or those visiting or hanging out).

The issue of active criminals living in public housing (and criminal activity taking place in public housing) is a very small portion of the content discussed on this website or our Facebook page, but we, and many others in the community, feel it’s an important topic that needs to be addressed, and we will continue to address it as necessary.

So, if the above position doesn’t sit well with you, and you can’t look beyond it to see the value in this page, then you should probably move on.

Originally, one person was booted from our Facebook page a few days ago because he was haranguing the admins of the page with straw man arguments about the percentage of criminals in public housing vs. criminals in non-public housing, which had nothing to do with the admin comments made. The person also repeatedly misconstrued admin comments and falsely ascribed the comments of others to page admins in his haranguing and accusations.

Since being booted from the Facebook page, that person has descended his mis-informed agitators to also harangue the page. Many of whom have also been booted.

It is the position of Northeast Minneapolis Crime Watch to reserve the right to utilize the tools provided by Facebook to monitor and control content and comments presented on our Facebook page (and this website) that detract from our mission, which is to offer public safety news, information and resources to residents in order to promote safer, more engaged neighborhoods.

Owners/Admins of Facebook pages delete comments and ban users all of the time. It is not exclusive to our page. It’s not a conspiracy to silence those with differing opinions. Your differing opinions are welcomed and encouraged, but haranguing and false accusations toward admins will not be tolerated. It’s just simply our prerogative to keep the focus of our Facebook page (and website) on our simple mission. There’s plenty of room on Facebook for those who want to start their own page to promote their own views.



July 2PAC Recap: Addressing Juvenile Violence

posted Jul 12, 2011, 11:20 AM by Ronnie V   [ updated Apr 4, 2013, 9:40 PM ]

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Following up on my recent Facebook post, 2nd Precinct Insp. Bryan Shafer spoke at the 2nd Precinct Advisory Council (2PAC) meeting on July 11. He stated that the police are really asking for our help! The commander told us that Northeast is having a big problem with youth violence and crime right now. The police are pulling out all of the stops to deal with it, but are flabbergasted at how bold, unwieldy and aggressive these youth are.

Shafer stated, for the 2nd time in a month, that what we’re seeing in Northeast is a “post tornado” effect of people who’ve been displaced here following the tornado, and they’re “bringing their friends.”

Shafer stated that there's a roving group of about 20-30 youths (males and females) that have a complete disregard for the law, they are aggressive and they are even physically fighting with the police when confronted (we even posted an alert or two about them on Facebook on Monday, July 11). They are acting in concert via "flash mob" mentality to overwhelm shop owners, commit theft and robbery and “beat down” and rob citizens, in addition to being generally intimidating and causing havoc in the neighborhood.

The Inspector urged us to work together and to support the police as they deal with this situation. He asked that we call 911 any time we see not only suspicious or criminal behavior (assaults, intimidation, vandalism, etc), but to also call if we see these youth smoking, spitting, violating curfew, blocking sidewalks, etc. He said that the police are “hitting hard” to address the problem from every possible angle and they want to hear from us so the situation doesn't escalate even further.

He asked that everybody SHARE this info with your friends and neighbors and get the word out that the police are working hard to deal with the situation. He gave an example of resident who got mad at the police for driving up onto the boulevard where the mob of 30 or so had gathered and were fighting on Monday. Schafer doesn’t want his officers to feel hesitant to do what they have to do to control these situations, so let your neighbors know that they may see the police aggressively acting to deal with the problem, and to cut them some slack.

The inspector and Community Attorney, Heidi Johnston, also urged us to continue to come to the avenue to patronize local businesses and restaurants, use the library and visit the nearby parks. Just be aware of what’s happening around you.

To help combat the issue the 2nd Precinct has implemented a new two-person beat along Central Avenue that patrols from 1:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. between 19th Ave. and 27th Ave., and includes roughly two blocks both east and west of Central along that corridor.

Shafer also said that two new portable cameras will be added soon, and that they have a number of other strategies in place, as well (he didn’t elaborate, but there was an indication that possibly some decoys or undercover work may be taking place).

He also said that they’ve had Minneapolis inspections, business licensing and the problem properties unit looking at the Highland Market on 26th & Central, a hub of loitering and suspicious activity. He said they have their eye on the business, but at this time the market is meeting the “minimum standard” allowed to stay in business. And, unless the police can directly connect some of the crimes to the business, there isn’t a lot they can do.

Schafer also told us that the problem juveniles appear to be living in a handful of addresses in the area, and that the department is working to contact with the landlords of those properties to deal with the situation from that end. One thing we can all do is keep the pressure on the landlords by continually reporting any and all housing code violations to 311 on these problem properties. Report everything from broken screens/windows, overgrown grass, garbage and litter, general disrepair, peeling paint, inoperable vehicles, vehicles parked on grass, etc.

Shafer said that a few arrests have been made, and they’ve had about a 70% charging success rate, but he said there’s a long road ahead over the next couple of months.

The other piece of distressing news Schafer shared is that the departing 2nd Precinct CPS Tom Thompson will not be replaced, at least not in the near future (mostly due to budget issues).

I voiced the opinion that being left with only one CPS in the 2nd Precinct was unacceptable and asked what we as citizens could do. He stated that we should contact our City Council members to voice our concern. Their contact info is listed below:

Ward 1, Kevin Reich, (612) 673-2201, E-mail
Ward 3, Diane Hofstede, (612) 673-2203,

Related news story (Robbers brutally beat 75 y/o man).




City-wide Scam Alert

posted Jul 11, 2011, 2:54 PM by Ronnie V   [ updated Aug 28, 2012, 5:00 PM ]

From the City of Minneapolis July 11, 2011

Door to Door Scam  


An individual has been going door-to-door in Minneapolis telling individuals that his car has broken down and he needs cash for a tow truck. Another variant of his story is that his car is in the impound lot and he needs the money to get it out. It is believed that these statements are false. This individual has reportedly been doing this for a number of nights over the past couple of weeks. He has reportedly returned to people who have given him money in the past and asked for more.

Suspect Information:
There is no suspect information publicly available at this time.

What you can do:

If you are approached by someone with this or a similar story, DO NOT give him any money. Politely decline, note his description and direction of travel and call 911.

Call 911 to report suspicious activity. This includes strangers walking down your alley and looking in garages, loitering, or vehicles circling the block with occupants you don’t recognize.

Contact your Crime Prevention Specialist for additional prevention information.

See to locate which Precinct and Sector you reside in.


Overview of Criminal Court Process

posted Jul 4, 2011, 11:26 AM by Ronnie V   [ updated Apr 4, 2013, 9:41 PM ]

Thanks to Dan Scoggins of 2PAC (2nd Precinct Advisory Council) for providing this summary as outlined by Heidi Johnston, 2nd Precinct Community Attorney, at the June 11 meeting as we learned what to expect as we follow cases for Eastside Court Watch. 

Sequence of events:

Perp is arrested on suspicion of committing a crime. 

Arraignment - Police and Prosecutors bring charges
The first step is when the person is charged with a crime. The Police bring the information to the Prosecutor who brings a charge within 48 hours of the arrest or the person who is being charged is released without charges. The person can be charged later, but must be charged and offered bail or released within 48 hours after the initial arrest. 

Omnibus Hearing - Pre-trial hearing
The next step is the Omnibus, pre-trial hearing or pre-trial conference. The County Attorney has a file and reveals the information to be used at the trial. The person enters a plea of guilty or not guilty. Not every case with an arrested person goes to court. Some cases are not brought forward to the Prosecutor’s Office by the Police [due to lack of evidence or other factors], others are not charged by the County Prosecutor’s Office [usually because the evidence available will not hold up in court, lack of witnesses, etc]. The County Prosecutor’s office handles felony level cases, the City Prosecutor’s office handles misdemeanor cases. (The Juvenile court system is a completely different process that we did not talk about.)

Court Watch team members can submit a Community Impact Statement at the Omnibus hearing point. Impact statements are used primarily during the sentencing, but impact statements may also help the Judges and the court to understand the concerns of the community before plea agreements are accepted. Most cases are resolved by plea agreements. In a plea agreement, a person is offered a lesser charge, if they will plead guilty to the lesser charge.

We discussed how to make the most useful impact statement. 2nd Precinct CPS Tom Thompson explained that he prefers quality over quantity. He said that there are two basic types of impact statements. Victim impact statements are written by victims who were directly impacted by the crime. Another type is a general impact statement, written by members of the community. General impact statements show the impact of the crime or the charged person’s lifestyle on our community. A General impact statement may talk about the impact of crime on property values or the fear of people in the community to be out at night when the crime was committed.

[Heidi stated that the majority of cases are determined/resolved at the Omnibus hearing and that very few actually go to trial]
The trial is where the facts of the case are discussed in court. Most cases are heard by judges. Jury trials may be requested by the charged person. A jury of 12 is used in felony cases and a jury of 6 is used for misdemeanor cases. As part of the role of the Jury, certain questions about the crime may be answered that help Judges with the sentencing process to follow.

Judges impose the sentences. Impact statements are most commonly used here. Judges are required by law to read and consider all victim impact statements as part of the sentencing process.

There are four basic kinds of sentencing classes for various violations of state law and city codes:

Petty Misdemeanor – these cases are not crimes. There may be hearings and fines are paid. No jail time is imposed for a petty misdemeanor case.

Misdemeanor – Up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine are the maximum sentences.

Gross Misdemeanor – Up to 365 days in jail or $3000 fine.

Felony – 1 year and a day is the minimum penalty.  

[Editor: Heidi also told us that in most cases, the convicted person usually only serves 1/3 of the time sentenced]

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Crime Alert: Robberies Along Central

posted Jun 30, 2011, 1:12 PM by Ronnie V   [ updated Apr 4, 2013, 9:43 PM ]

From the City of Minneapolis:

June 30, 2011

For Residents of the 2nd Precinct, Sector 2, North of Broadway


Since June 1, 2011 there have been 12 robberies of person on and around Central Avenue NE. 

The area of interest is:

  • North boundary: 27th Avenue NE
  • East boundary: Polk Street NE
  • South Boundary: 20th Avenue NE
  • West boundary: 7th Street NE

Incident information:

The robberies have happened at various times of the day and on different days of the week:

  • 2 occurred between 11:00 a.m. and 12 noon
  • 6 occurred between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • 4 occurred between 9:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.

The suspect information has been varied from incident to incident.

What you can do:

Victims of robberies can be any age and race and can be men or women. Take the following precautions:

  • Be observant and aware of your surroundings – do not be distracted
  • Walk in well-lit areas – avoid alleys and poorly lit areas
  • Try to walk with another person
  • Carry as little cash as possible
  • Carry your keys and money in a pocket, not in a purse or wallet
  • Call 911 if you believe you are being followed or are in fear of being harmed

If a robber approaches you, don’t resist. Try to get a good physical description (color clothes, age, height, weight) of the suspect(s), direction of travel, vehicle description (if one noticed) and license plate number; 

Call 911 immediately

If you witness suspicious behavior, persons, vehicles and/or activity call 911. Give detailed descriptions of what you are witnessing.

Block leaders and block clubs please distribute this advisory to your neighbors.

For more information on personal safety, forming a block club and/or crime prevention information call MPD, 2nd Precinct, Crime Prevention Specialist Nicholas Juarez 612-673‑2797 or Lt. Kathy Waite at 612-673-3678. 


2nd Precinct Crime Highlights June 7 - 13, 2011

posted Jun 21, 2011, 9:18 PM by Ronnie V   [ updated Apr 4, 2013, 9:43 PM ]

Highlights from the 2nd Precinct are sorely lacking for this period (a lot of missing info), but here’s what I was able to find:

11-162998, Invasion of Privacy:
8XX 24th Ave SE. Female exiting shower sees hand holding camera in window. No further suspect description.

06/08/2011, 16:53 hours
At 23rd and Polk NE. A group of males participated in robbery. One suspect was arête at the scene by patrol officers. The case was assigned to Sgt. Madson. The case was deferred by the CA.

On 6-13-11
SOD Patrol worked the 2nd Pct 1 felony warrant arrest for 1st degree narcotics out of Hennepin County; the arrest was made at 19th Ave. and 3rd street NE.

V=Victim (V1, V2, etc…)

S=Suspect (S1, S2, etc…)

AP=Arrested Party (person taken into custody or cited & released for a crime)

W= Witness (W1, W2, etc…)

OT= Other (a party on the scene that often played no specific role or is not a victim)

RP= Reporting Party (Example: “RP told officers there were people trying to break into his neighbor’s house)

EMS= Emergency Medical Service

DK= Drunk

GOA= Gone on Arrival

HCJ= Hennepin County Jail

JDC= Juvenile Detention Center

ID’d= Identified (“He ID’d the suspect as a classmate”)

SHOW-UP =Suspect is shown to victims to see if he/she can be positively ID’d as the person who committed the crime

DOA= Dead on Arrival

MTP= Metro Transit Police

PC= Probable Cause (Evidence points to reasons to be arrested…i.e. “He was booked in HCJ for PC Weapons”)

CRI=Confidential Reliable Informant

2nd Precinct Crime Highlights May 31 - June 6

posted Jun 17, 2011, 7:37 AM by Ronnie V

Week ending June 6, 2011

31xx Johnson St. N.E. 6-6-11 2222 11-161492
Squad responded to assist FIRE at the above location. After information was gathered and relayed to the ARSON CAR, officers searched the area for the suspect, located him and booked him HCJ.

Burglary of Business
938 Lowry Ave. N.E. 5-31-11 0225 11-153307
While on routine patrol officer observed four males running from the business at 938 Lowry Av NE [Editor: Tom’s Style & Tanning]. Officer gave chase and several verbal commands for the individuals to stop running. The group scattered and officer was able to take A1 into custody. The other suspects escaped. While checking the area, officer found multiple clothing items on hangers lying on the ground outside the victim business. There was also one item across the street directly in the path that the suspects had run. A trash can was found directly underneath an open window on the east side of the building. V1 identified the clothing items as having come from inside his business. The clothing was identified as having come from a clothes rack directly underneath the inside of the open window. [Editor: As we reported on Facebook, the suspect taken into custody was set free without charges after 48 hour hold. Reported address of residence on 26th Ave. NE. See details on FB].

300 Broadway St. N.E. 6-2-11 0130 11-160964
RP1 reported that S1/clerk was behind the counter where Newport cigarettes are stored, opened the cabinet, and removed 25 cartons from the storage cabinet. S1 then placed them in the garbage containers, covered them up with other garbage (but green stripes of the Newport containers can be seen in the video) and more bags, then carried it outside to the dumpster. Several moments later S1 was seen on camera removing the garbage bag from the dumpster and placing it into his tan, four door General Motors 4X4. This is all on video. The loss is retailed at $1750.00 for 25 cartons of Newport cigarettes. RP1 said that S1 was scheduled to work on 06-06-2011 at 2300 hours. Investigations was notified of the circumstances and stated that Mid and dogwatch shifts could book S1 for Felony theft. Suspect arrested 6-6-11, 2316.

11-149879-ASLT2 on 05/27/2011, 23:19 hours 
16xx Washington St NE. The victim was assaulted by a suspect, armed with a baseball bat. The suspect fled. The case was assigned to Sgt. Schwartz. The suspect was arrested on a PC PICKUP, booked and charges were filed by the CA. 

In-Custody: 11-149,992. ROBBERY of PERSON AGGRAVATED 
4th Av. / 5th St. SE. [Drunk] M was jumped by three suspects and robbed. One of the suspects dropped his cell phone and a butcher knife and was later seen by police in the area looking for it. Shaquille Thompson was arrested for PC Robbery, but his 48-hour hold expired and he was released. Sgt. Harvey was assigned this case. Thompson was later seen by Sgt. Harvey, but he invoked his right to an attorney. 

Bait Vehicles
Bait vehicles were deployed last week and there were 3 activations. The first activation occurred in 2nd Precinct, no one was seen on tape.

K9 team assisted 2nd pct CRT officers on a narcotics bust at 17th ST NE/2nd ST NE. Two suspects were taken into custody. One of the suspects was armed with .44 magnum revolver.

K9 team assisted 2nd pct and U of M PD on a burglary at 4xx 12 AVE SE. K9 team entered the building and K9 located two suspects hiding inside. Both suspects were taken into custody.

• Bike Cop for Kids: The Program has increased in numbers this summer and will consist of eight SRO’s (School Resource Officers); there will be a Kick-Off on June 13th at 10:30am in the Government Center Plaza (please join us if you can). Officers Klukow, Kirchen, Kenow, Duren, Kubes, Landmesser, Loveland and Petron are excited for this summer’s activities.

• Police Athletic League: Officers Adams, Pettis and Agent Berryman will be working with kids in summer P.A.L. Programs.

1206 2nd…INFO…Followed up on a problem resident, spoke with housing attorney regarding conduct of resident and forwarded reports for lease term.

Officer Kubes
NE Middle School – I monitored Northeast Middle School’s last day departure with SRO Duren and everything went smoothly; in-turn, I assisted SRO Duren at Edison High during their last day departure. Though there were a few disturbances we were able to get all students off safely with the assistance of staff.

Pratt Elementary School – I spoke with the two kindergarten classes; I also brought a book to class and read to them. It was a lot of fun. Waite Park Elementary – I attended the Field Day event. The students had a great time and they enjoyed the activities.

V=Victim (V1, V2, etc…)

S=Suspect (S1, S2, etc…)

AP=Arrested Party (person taken into custody or cited & released for a crime)

W= Witness (W1, W2, etc…)

OT= Other (a party on the scene that often played no specific role or is not a victim)

RP= Reporting Party (Example: “RP told officers there were people trying to break into his neighbor’s house)

EMS= Emergency Medical Service

DK= Drunk

GOA= Gone on Arrival

HCJ= Hennepin County Jail

JDC= Juvenile Detention Center

ID’d= Identified (“He ID’d the suspect as a classmate”)

SHOW-UP =Suspect is shown to victims to see if he/she can be positively ID’d as the person who committed the crime

DOA= Dead on Arrival

MTP= Metro Transit Police

PC= Probable Cause (Evidence points to reasons to be arrested…i.e. “He was booked in HCJ for PC Weapons”)

CRI=Confidential Reliable Informant


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4 Suspects Added to HC Most Wanted

posted Jun 15, 2011, 9:08 AM by Ronnie V   [ updated Jun 15, 2011, 9:16 AM ]

Four suspects have been added to Hennepin County’s Most Wanted List. All individuals with active Hennepin County warrants are urged to surrender.

The following people have been added to the Hennepin County Most Wanted List. If you have information about these individuals, please call local law enforcement or the Sheriff's Office at 1-888-988-TIPS.

Jose Guadalupe Gutierrez-Sanchez (First photo)
• He is wanted on a warrant for 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.
• The Criminal Complaint states he sexually abused his girlfriend’s young daughter.
• He is an Hispanic male
• Height: 5’8”, Weight: 249
• He has black hair and brown eyes
• Age: 35

John Dean Clark (Second photo)
• He is wanted on a warrant for 1st Degree DWI. Incident occurred Jan. 1, 2011 in New Hope.
• Clark has had three previous DWI convictions.
• He is a white male
• Height: 5’06”, Weight: 162
• He has blonde hair and blue eyes
• Age: 30

Mohamud Mohamed Omar (Third photo)
• He is wanted on a warrant in connection with a felony charge of fleeing a police officer.
• He is a black male
• Height: 5’11”, Weight: 147
• He has black hair and brown eyes
• Age: 31

Andrea A Beltran (Fourth photo)
• She is wanted on a warrant for 2nd Degree Assault.
• According to the Criminal Complaint, Beltran seriously injured her landlord by hitting him on the head with an object.
• She is an American Indian.
• Height: 5’06”, Weight: 200
• She has black hair and brown eyes
• Age: 33



Level 3 Sex Offender Meeting, June 13

posted Jun 13, 2011, 10:56 AM by Ronnie V   [ updated Jun 13, 2011, 11:00 AM ]

A Level 3 Sex Offender has moved into 23xx Fillmore St. NE.

Notification meeting:
Monday, June 13, 6 p.m.
2251 Hayes St. NE, Minneapolis (park building)

Level 3 Predatory Offender

Lives at 
23xx Fillmore St. NE
Nathaniel Roby

According to all of the information known to the Minnesota Department of Corrections this offender is not wanted by law enforcement. Neighbors have been notified that he is living in the neighborhood.

Offender has a history of sexual contact with juvenile victims (male and female, ages 8-13). Contact included fondling and penetration. Compliance was gained through use of force. Offender was briefly acquainted with victims. 

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