Wednesday, October 04, 2006

ALERT: Girl Sexually Assaulted In Kenwood Park, Minneapolis

You may recall that yesterday morning I wrote of a Somali gang beating at Euclid Place and Lake of the Isles Parkway. I wrote that "...urban socialists may not know that a Somali gang robbery and assault occurred right in the heart of their natural habitat on September 30th." I linked to a Google map of the location of the assault. At the very top of the map, at the north end of Lake of the Isles, you can see a patch of green, which is Kenwood Park.

And that's where this rape is alleged to have occurred at around 8:00 p.m. Monday.

I'm not making a connection between the Somali gang and the rape; I'm making a connection between serious crimes in that very upscale area. For those not familiar with the area around Lake of the Isles, it is replete with old mansions, multimillion dollar homes, and is, as previously mentioned, the natural habitat of many urban socialists.

That said, the Red Star reports this disturbing story today: "Girl, age 14, assaulted in Minneapolis city park".

A 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a stranger Monday night in Kenwood Park, in one of Minneapolis' safest areas, police said.

She had been at the park with a friend and was walking home alone when the man pushed her to the ground and assaulted her about 8 p.m. near the tennis courts, according to the Police Department and park police.

"We consider it a serious event because of the age of the victim," said police spokesman Greg Reinhardt.
As usual, there is no suspect description. UPDATE: KSTP reports a vague suspect description: "A 40-year-old white man with a deep voice." Like all suspect descriptions using race, it's not relevant if not combined with other descriptors. "40 years old" and "white" (or black, or whatever) aren't good enough on their own. In this case, it's surprising that the victim and her friend were unable to give a general build (heavy, thin, etc) or hair length or color, or any of the more obvious features. This is not to criticize the victim, but because there were two girls as "witnesses", it's surprising more details were not given.

The assault involved attempted oral sex, police said, adding that no weapons were used and that there were no verbal threats, police said.

Reinhardt said about 15 minutes elapsed between the time the girl left her friend and when she reached home.

Such an assault is rare in any park, authorities said, adding that Monday's incident is not part of a trend or linked to other cases.
As with many of these cases, unfortunately, that involve young teenage girls, it's prudent to take a wait-and-see approach.

A couple of reported facts in the story caught my attention: It states the girl was pushed to the ground, and "about 15 minutes elapsed between the time the girl left her friend and when she reached home." Is the reporter referring to the non-victim? Did she run to get help? It's not clear why the friend didn't scream for police or run to a nearby house for help.

This also made me take notice: " weapons were used and that there were no verbal threats..."

I think that would be unusual in this type of crime, but who knows.

If true, this crime and the gang beating are two more steps into the Minneapolis Quagmire.