Robbery suspects may be linked to Downtown murder

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October 17, 2005 // UPDATED 1:58 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) says that suspects arrested last week in connection with a robbery may be responsible for the Sept. 20 killing of Emmanuel Sieh outside the Hawthorne Transit Center at North 9th Street & Hawthorne Avenue.

Minneapolis Police Capt. Rich Stanek confirmed that five suspects were arrested in connection with a robbery early in the week of Oct. 10. Stanek said the robberies may be linked to the Sept. 20 murder, but he would not comment further on the investigation. The suspects had not been charged as of the Journal’s deadline.

Sieh’s murder may have been part of a string of street robberies the suspects allegedly committed. Although an e-mail from MPD Communications Officer Ron Reier stated “the same suspects were also involved in (3) street robberies before the murder,” Stanek would not confirm Reier’s information. Reier’s also wrote that three of the five suspects had been “arrested earlier this year at South 19th Street & 3rd Avenue South [in the Stevens Square neighborhood] for street robberies.”

Stanek did not have information about those arrests.

Soon after the Sept. 20 murder, Stanek confirmed that Sieh and three companions had exited a pizza restaurant in the vicinity of 5th Street & Hennepin Avenue South to find the tires of their car slashed. After splitting off to look for a jack, Sieh was shot, Stanek said. At the time, police said they did not know if the shooting was random or not.

The Sept. 20 murder was Downtown’s third this year and occurred less than a block from Downtown’s second murder — the Aug. 12 murder of Anthony Doyle. A suspect — Deangelo Davis — has been arrested and charged in the Doyle case.

Stanek said that the two shootings were not related.

The street robbery arrests come at a time when Downtown neighbors are increasingly frustrated about such crimes. Prompted by at least two armed robberies in the Loring Hill area, the Citizens for a Loring Park Community board of directors passed a motion Oct. 12 to write a letter to the MPD’s 1st Precinct and elected officials about what they perceive to be a crime increase in the neighborhood.