Saturday, October 07, 2006

Criminal Gang Beats, Robs Art Center Patron

"It was very scary. I started panicking when I realized I was being surrounded by a group of people," he said.

A man leaving the Walker Art Center, which is at the merge of Hennepin and Lyndale Avenues in Minneapolis, was robbed and beaten as he made his way through adjacent Loring Park.

It was only 9:45 p.m.

The M.O. and location is consistent with the recent spate of gang assaults about which I've posted recently: "Minneapolis: Loring Greenway Muggings" & "Fox 9 Now Reports Greenway Muggings On Their Website". The Loring Greenway feeds into Loring Park.

No description of the criminals is given, so Rambix' Axiom of MSM Reporting (described in this post) will likely apply.

KSTP News reports: "Architect beaten, robbed in Loring Park".

A Twin Cities architect was beaten and robbed in a place that doesn't see much violent crime. The latest victim was leaving an event at the Walker Arts Center and after he crossed over the pedestrian bridge, he says he was surrounded by at least four men.

"I thought this was just a beautiful fall night," Todd Wichman told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. "I was in a state of disbelief."

It was dark outside, around 9:45 p.m. Thursday. But, Wichman never imagined he would be surrounded attacked and robbed by four men while walking through Minneapolis' historic Loring Park neighborhood.
If anything positive can be taken from this brutish thuggery, I'm hopeful that it will cause an awakening in the urban elites that their lives and safety are at risk, not just those who live in North Minneapolis. Ultimately, crime knows no boundaries.

As some of the thugs stole his watch, digital camera and cell phone, others kicked him in the face.

He ended up with four stitches into the bridge of his nose.

"It was very scary. I started panicking when I realized I was being surrounded by a group of people," he said.

Within hours the robbers made a page full of calls on Wichman's cell phone.

Police say there's been at least five robberies in the Loring Park and Greenway area in the last week. Investigators are trying to determine if they are connected. All of this as he prepares to host thousands of guests at an architecture convention this weekend. And, he'll have to explain this side of Minneapolis.
It's about time someone explained it.

Welcome to the Minneapolis Quagmire.

[Photo courtesy KSTP News]