Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The Story Behind The Story

By now, many of you have read about the bizarre crime from early this morning in Minneapolis involving a sword, self-defense, and multiple bloody people.

The sword and severed body parts are, of course, the angle highlighted by the local MSM, and rightly so. We shouldn't overlook, however, the story behind the story, and that's the armed home invasion by two unidentified men in the Uptown area of Minneapolis. That's the angle I'm interested in.

Minneapolis has seen more than its share of home invasion robberies over the past year or so, with most, if not all, involving extreme violence. This case is no exception. What's driving these brazen crimes?

It might be that connections exist between the victim and the criminals in these kind of events. Those that don't participate in "high risk lifestyles" might take comfort that such crimes won't happen to them.

That would be a false comfort, in my view.

Robbers have been known to invade the wrong address, shots can go wild, people can be carjacked as the criminals try to escape. In other words, violent home invasions involving weapons are everyone's problem, especially in place like high-density Uptown.

These particular criminals were allegedly armed with a gun, but there is no report of shots fired.

Here's the KSTP News story for those that haven't seen it:

Police are investigating reports of severed fingers, after a stabbing in the Uptown area overnight.

Police arrived at 31st and Lyndale Aves. S. in Minneapolis around 3 a.m., finding two victims that appeared to have been stabbed with a two-and-a-half foot Samurai-style sword. The two victims were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Later, two more suspects then showed up at HCMC with stab wounds, and police took those people into custody. The suspects taken into custody were identified as Hossem Chalbi, 18, and Mohammed Khalil, 29.

"I saw the first guy rolling down the stairs at me completely on fire with blood," witness Matthew Tellfair told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. "I did see an EMT coming past with a bag of fingers in their hand saying 'we're going to try and match these up.'"
There's probably more to this story than initially reported, but it can only add to the Minneapolis Quagmire.