Armed Robberies Raise Concerns Over Downtown Crime


Two recent armed robberies in the Loring Heights area have neighborhood residents worried, and a similar assault was reported in the nearby Elliot Park neighborhood. Meanwhile, a person was shot outside a Downtown strip club in the North Loop neighborhood.

The two Loring assaults occurred within a block of each other, but on different days. On Sept. 29 at 9:20 p.m., two suspects robbed a victim at gunpoint near Clifton Avenue & Clifton Place. The suspects took the victim’s wallet and fled eastbound, according to weekly Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) crime maps. On Oct. 3, a similar robbery — again with two suspects — took place at 10:35 p.m. at Clifton Place & Oak Grove Street, according to the maps.

Citizens for a Loring Park Community (CLPC) coordinator Jana Metge e-mailed neighbors that the Oct. 3 incident involved a black man who allegedly held a gun to the head of a 330 Oak Grove resident and said, “Give me all your money or I’ll blow your head off.”

The victim gave the suspect her purse, which carried her cell phone, and called police from a nearby grocery.

Earlier that day, at 5 a.m., a lone suspect robbed a woman at gunpoint as she got out of her car at South 10th Street & Park Avenue, according to police crime maps.

The North Loop incident resulted in a shots fired call at the 418 Club, 418 3rd Ave. N., on Sept. 30 at 4 a.m. The victim drove himself to Hennepin County Medical Center, a police report stated. Multiple casings were recovered from the scene.

A 418 Club manager — who asked to remain nameless — declined comment on the incident, except to say that it occurred outside the nightclub and did not appear to be an armed robbery.

According to MPD CODEFOR crime reports, aggravated assaults — which include armed robberies — are up 33 percent over the past three years in the 1st Precinct, which includes Downtown and Cedar-Riverside but not the Nicollet Island/East Bank area. From Oct. 3, 2004 to the same date this year, armed robberies rose from 196 to 242, a 23 percent increase.