Monday, April 03, 2006

Police On The Move

A lot of time is spent by a lot of people analyzing and criticizing problems and shortcomings of the City of Minneapolis. The Police Department is not on that underachieving list. I know or have been acquainted with a few Minneapolis cops, and trust me, you don't want to be on the business end of their work. The average street cop in Minneapolis wants those criminals off the streets as much or more than anyone else.

One can only imagine the already-stretched-thin resources the police have devoted to solving the Uptown murder and arresting the killer(s). It appears to have paid off, at least in part. Various news outlets are reporting two arrests. One caveat: There were three previous arrests which turned out to be duds.

The Red Star reports: "2 arrested in fatal Uptown shooting".

Chao Xiong, Star Tribune

Police arrested two suspects Monday in the fatal shooting of Michael Zebuhr last month in the Uptown area.

Authorities would not say what the suspects' roles were in the March 18 shooting in the 3100 block of Girard Avenue S., but Capt. Rich Stanek said they would be booked for probable cause murder.

A woman and a juvenile male were arrested without incident about 5 p.m. near 33rd and Emerson Avenues N., according to police. Stanek said no suspect weapon or car were recovered in the arrest. Police said they are looking for more suspects but did not say how many.

"I feel very good about the case," said Assistant Chief Tim Dolan. "I've always said we're optimistic. I'm not going to say we're optimistic if we're grasping at straws."
It would be exceedingly rare for a woman to be directly involved in such an armed robbery/murder, so I suspect that she may be the registered owner of the suspect car, or otherwise peripherally involved.

Let's hope these are the right ones. And let's give some kudos to our local law enforcement.