Thursday, June 08, 2006

Funny Twist, But Not-So-Funny Story

KSTP Eyewitness News reports on an incident in Uptown, Minneapolis involving a robber and a caped good samaritan who interrupted the crime:

About the time Teresa Skarman was wrapping up her shift bagging groceries at an Uptown grocery store, Cameron Evans was doing dishes at Galactic Pizza a few blocks away.

Evans left to deliver the pizza and Teresa began her normal walk home. As she walked, Teresa heard something...

"I heard footsteps behind me, and I stopped to turn...," Teresa said.

A strange man grabbed for Teresa's purse...they struggled. The man eventually got the purse and took off.

What followed had Teresa doing a double-take--In a flash, someone was giving chase to the robber.

"He had on a white tunic, a beige leotard, and tights and boots," Teresa explained. The man was also wearing a cape.

"I thought, 'wow, who's that?'"

It was Cameron Evan--Superhero
It's an amusing story for the media to report, but the underlying robbery is not funny. Violent criminals are running roughshod over Uptown, Downtown, South, North, Southwest, and NorthEast Minneapolis. That's the real story.

"Typically we just deliver some pizzas (dressed like this), and that's about it. But when we run into a situation like this, we're forced to act," Evans explained.

Two other bystanders joined in the chase and eventually knocked the robber down. He got away, but not before giving up the purse.
The criminal excaped, and the media got a funny story. I'm not sure the lesson was learned, however: robbery really isn't funny. It's fortunate no one got hurt.

The Minneapolis Quagmire continues.