Police issue alert after molesting incident in North Loop

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May 10, 2010 // UPDATED 4:25 pm - May 18, 2010
By: Gregory J. Scott
Gregory J. Scott
The Minneapolis Police Department issued a safety alert today after a woman reported being groped on the street in the North Loop.

According to the alert, the incident happened last Sunday, May 18, near the intersection of 5th St. N. and 2nd Ave. N.

At around 4:30 p.m., a woman was walking her dog alone while listening to music on her iPod when a man approached her. The man asked her what she was listening to. He said that he liked Michael Jackson and Elton John, and then proceeded to do an impression of Michael Jackson. When the woman tried to leave, the man stood in her path.

The alert goes on to say that the man made comments about wanting to put a tattoo on the woman’s upper chest and that he then grabbed her breasts. As the woman tried to get away, the man attempted to grab her between her legs and to pull down her top.  The woman fled and called 911.

The alert describes the suspect as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, who may possibly be homeless or suffer from a mental illness. He is described as being about 6 feet tall, with no scars, tattoos or facial hair. The alert says the man was dressed in “a dark colored baseball hat, a white t-shirt with graphics on it and dark colored long shorts.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Sgt. Riemenschneider at 673-3085.

The city posts safety tips for the most common crimes at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crime-prevention/