2008 crime stats and summaries

A look at crime in the neighborhoods for the first five months of the year

Starting this month, The Bridge will be tracking reported crimes in our readership area by analyzing the crime maps available online for both the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) and the University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD), which handles crimes on U of M property.

We will be keeping an eye out for trends and patterns, and incidents of immediate concern, including crime alerts, will be posted on www.readthebridge.info. Space permitting, we hope to publish monthly information in our print edition, but it will be posted online each month, regardless.

For more information on crime in our area, visit the MPD website, www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us or the UMPD website, www.umn.edu/ police”:http police.

Violent crimes are defined as homicide, rape, robbery of business, robbery of person, aggravated assault and domestic aggravated assault.

Nonviolent crimes are defined as burglary of business, burglary of residence, auto theft, theft from motor vehicle, larceny (theft), arson, recovered vehicles, narcotics arrests, weapons arrests and loitering arrests.

Cedar-Riverside

Summary: The April 11 shooting death of 18-year-old Abdullahi Abdi continues to haunt Cedar-Riverside; no arrests had been made at press time. More than seven dozen nonviolent crimes have been reported in the area so far this year.

Homicide 1
Rape 1
Robbery of business 1
Robbery of person 17
Aggravated assault 5
Domestic aggravated assault 4
Total violent crimes 29

Burglary of business 6
Burglary of residence 9
Auto theft 14
Theft from motor vehicle 29
Larceny (theft) 18
Recovered vehicles 5
Narcotics arrests 2
Loitering arrests 2
Total nonviolent crimes 88

Cooper

Summary: The April 25 murder of a homeless man whose body was found on the River Road just south of Lake Street resulted in the arrest of two suspects. Nonviolent crimes in Cooper number 27 so far this year, with seven car thefts and seven car break-ins since January.

Homicide 1
Robbery of person 2
Total violent crimes 3

Burglary of business 1
Burglary of residence 4
Auto theft 7
Theft from motor vehicle 7
Larceny (theft) 1
Recovered vehicles 5
Narcotics arrests 2
Total nonviolent crimes 27

Downtown East

Summary: One homicide in March stands as the only violent crime recorded so far this year. Car break-ins top the list of nonviolent crimes.

Homicide 1
Total violent crimes 1

Burglary of business 3
Auto theft 4
Theft from motor vehicle 9
Larceny (theft) 3
Total nonviolent crimes 19

Longfellow

Summary: Three rapes and a dozen aggravated assaults have been reported so far this year, as well as over 100 nonviolent crimes, including 39 cases of larceny.

Rape 3
Robbery of business 3
Robbery of person 8
Aggravated assault 12
Domestic aggravated assault 3
Total violent crimes 29

Burglary of business 7
Burglary of residence 12
Auto theft 10
Theft from motor vehicle 13
Larceny (theft) 39
Arson 1
Recovered vehicles 8
Narcotics arrests 13
Total nonviolent crimes 103

Marcy-Holmes

Summary: Two rapes and seven robberies of person make up over half the violent crime since the beginning of the year. Nonviolent crimes number 130 so far, with car break-ins, larceny and home break-ins topping the list.

Rape 2
Robbery of person 7
Aggravated assault 5
Domestic aggravated assault 2
Total violent crimes 16

Burglary of business 11
Burglary of residence 24
Auto theft 17
Theft from motor vehicle 36
Larceny (theft) 31
Arson 1
Recovered vehicles 6
Narcotics arrests 2
Weapons arrests 2
Total nonviolent crimes 130

Nicollet Island/East Bank

Summary: Car break-ins account for nearly half the nonviolent crime. One rape in January and three aggravated assaults have also occurred.
Rape 1
Aggravated assault 3
Total violent crimes 4

Burglary of business 3
Burglary of residence 2
Auto theft 1
Theft from motor vehicle 12
Larceny (theft) 7
Recovered vehicles 1
Narcotics arrests 1
Total nonviolent crimes 27

Prospect Park

Summary: Violent crimes include a rape during the week of May 12 — the fourth sexual assault in The Bridge readership area since April. Car break-ins and larceny top the list for nonviolent crime.

Rape 1
Robbery of business 1
Robbery of person 1
Aggravated assault 2
Total violent crimes 5

Burglary of business 3
Burglary of residence 7
Auto theft 8
Theft from motor vehicle 21
Larceny (theft) 16
Recovered vehicles 2
Narcotics arrests 1
Loitering arrests 1
Total nonviolent crimes 59

Seward

Summary: Fifteen robberies of person constitute over half the violent crime in Seward since the beginning of the year. Over 100 cases of nonviolent crime were reported, with more than half of those being either home or car break-ins.

Robbery of business 1
Robbery of person 15
Aggravated assault 5
Domestic aggravated assault 6
Total violent crimes 27

Burglary of business 2
Burglary of residence 34
Auto theft 15
Theft from motor vehicle 27
Larceny (theft) 18
Recovered vehicles 6
Narcotics arrests 5
Weapons arrests 1
Loitering arrests 1
Total nonviolent crimes 109

Southeast Como

Summary: The May 4 rape of a 20-year-old woman and her leap through a second-story window to escape her assailant prompted a MPD crime alert. Over four dozen nonviolent crimes have occurred, with over a dozen house break-ins and a dozen cases of larceny.

Rape 1
Robbery of business 1
Robbery of person 4
Aggravated assault 2
Domestic aggravated assault 2
Total violent crimes 10

Burglary of business 3
Burglary of residence 15
Auto theft 5
Theft from motor vehicle 9
Larceny (theft) 12
Recovered vehicles 6
Narcotics arrests 1
Total nonviolent crimes 51

University (MPD stats)

Summary: Sixteen cases of larceny have occurred since Jan. (Please see the UMPD crime statistics below.)

Robbery of business 1
Robbery of person 1

Total violent crimes 2
Burglary of business 2
Burglary of residence 1
Theft from motor vehicle 3
Larceny (theft) 16
Total nonviolent crimes 22

UMPD stats

Summary: Two separate sexual assaults in two different dormitories — a rape in April and a sexual assault/molestation in May — remain unsolved. A total of 167 nonviolent crimes were reported during six weeks this year, with car break-ins and larceny topping that list. (Note: These data are for crimes reported during March, the last week of April and the first week of May.)

Rape 2
Robbery of person 11
Aggravated assault 7
Domestic aggravated assault 2
Total violent crimes 22

Burglary of business 13
Burglary of residence 12
Auto theft 15
Theft from motor vehicle 49
Larceny (theft) 63
Arson 1
Recovered vehicles 7
Narcotics arrests 7
Total nonviolent crimes 167

last revised: June 6, 2008