Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Uptown Minneapolis On High Alert Yet Again

Today's MSM has been all over the story posted here on Monday evening regarding the latest Armed Robbery Crime Alert for Uptown.

The citizens of Uptown have been on a roller-coaster of violence and physical threat in general off and on since the spring of 2005. Apparently there is no shortage of Minneapolis thugs who are ready, willing, and able to lay seige to Minneapolis' entertainment hot spot.

KSTP Eyewitness News reports: "Robberies prompt Uptown crime alert".

Minneapolis police have issued a crime alert for Uptown after a group of men have robbed several people at gunpoint.

Police say several robberies have taken place near the 2700 and 2900 blocks of Fremont and Dupont Aves. S.

Three armed robberies have occurred in two days within three blocks of each other, only four blocks away from the main Uptown entertainment district.

The suspects are said to have used semi-automatic handguns, while wearing hooded sweatshirts and bandanas over their faces.
It's interesting that the MPD crime alert gave suspect descriptions, but this news report omits decriptions. Why scrub the information provided by the police? Isn't it their call what to release?
Many Uptown residents have been on alert themselves after the March murder of Michael Zebuhr.

Victim Elanor Anderson-Genne understands the need to be cautious.

"You feel totally violated,” she says after being a victim herself. “It's maddening because it never stops and I'm not going to cool off and I'm not going to be nice about it and I'm not going to get used to it."

Police are suggesting that people walk in groups at night and stay in well-lit areas.

Robberies in Uptown have increased 20 percent over this time last year
The Zebuhr murderer(s) have been arrested, yet the robberies continue. Not only are robberies continuing, but they're up 20% as compared with last year.

When can we take the city back?

[Photo courtesy KSTP Eyewitness News]