Single suspect might be behind rash of Downtown robberies

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November 10, 2008 // UPDATED 3:19 pm - November 17, 2008
By: Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas

The victims of four armed robberies that took place Downtown this month gave similar descriptions of the suspect in each case, Minneapolis Police reported Monday.

The four robberies were reported in the Loring Park, Downtown West and North Loop neighborhoods between Nov. 8 and 15. Three took place in the evening, and the fourth was reported just after midnight.

Police described the suspect as a black male aged 25–30 years old, about 5-feet, 8-inches tall with a medium build, medium complexion and either a goatee or unshaven beard. Suspects told police the robber was dressed in a dark stocking cap, large pullover, dark jacket, jeans, dark gloves and white tennis shoes.

He was described as carrying a dark semi-automatic handgun.

On Nov. 8 at 8:50 p.m. on the 1400 block of Hennepin Avenue South, the suspect reportedly robbed a victim of money and a car that was being valet parked. The vehicle was recovered nearby the next day.

The next related incident was 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in a parking ramp on the 1100 block of Hennepin Avenue South. The victim was struck in the face with a gun and robbed of a laptop and bag.

Just after 8 p.m. Nov. 13 a victim was robbed of money, keys and a cell phone in a parking ramp on the 300 block of 2nd Avenue North. The victim was assaulted after being ordered to lie down by the robber.

Shortly after midnight Nov. 15 another victim was ordered out of his car at gunpoint and robbed of his phone and wallet at the intersection of 1st Street and 2nd Avenue North.

Anyone with additional information on the incidents was asked to contact the Minneapolis Police Department’s Robbery Unit at 673-2941.