Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Minneapolis: Gun To The Head

It doesn't matter if you're a newspaper carrier, a Qwest employee, a pizza delivery man, or just an average citizen - when you cross the border into Minneapolis you're fair game for hardened criminal thugs.

Not even a mother and her baby are safe, as WCCO News reports (hat tip Rebecca): "North Mpls. Mother Saves Daughter From Carjacker".

(WCCO) Minneapolis A Minnesota mom is grateful her baby is safe after a carjacker pointed a gun at her head and demanded her car.
It just doesn't get much colder than this. What breed of criminal commits armed robbery, and points his gun at the head of a mother when she's with her baby?

Joy, who asked her last name not be used, said when the carjacker confronted her in her North Minneapolis driveway she said, "Take anything you want, I just need my daughter."

Joy said she had just arrived home when the confrontation happened.

"When I went to open my car door, there was a man there with a gun right in my face saying he wanted to take my car," said Joy, who is not sure how she persuaded the carjacker to let her retrieve her 1-year-old daughter Cameron.

"I don't even remember worrying about the gun at that point, it was just, I just needed to get around this person to get my baby out of car and just get her away from this," she said

Joy got her baby and the gunmen got her car. It was the fourth carjacking in the area in less than a week.
What I find disturbing is that this is the 4th carjacking in the area in less than a week. Where was the news after the first carjacking? Why wait for four?

Fortunately, the sewer rats were caught. And take note of the 2nd paragraph below, Mr. Rybak:
At 11 a.m. Tuesday, police spotted Joy's car with three young men inside. They were arrested and are now considered possible suspects in the other recent carjackings.

Arrests help, but neighborhood leaders like Minneapolis City Council member Barb Johnson worry young couples like Joy and her husband Jim will leave the area.

"It's a place that people can afford to live, we have lovely housing stock and we feel powerless, at times, to prevent this kind of activity," said Johnson.