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Crime20 Arrested, 18 Charged In Brutal Downtown Minneapolis Robberies

07:25  17 september  2019
07:25  17 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Twenty people arrested , 18 of them now charged — all connected to brutal robberies in downtown Minneapolis . The attacks were caught on surveillance video, taking place in August. Police say groups of people would target one person, assault them, and often to take

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Twenty people arrested, 18 of them now charged — all connected to brutal robberies in downtown Minneapolis.

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The attacks were caught on surveillance video, taking place in August. Police say groups of people would target one person, assault them, and often to take their cellphone and wallet. The 18 suspects range in age from 15 to 27.

Walking alone is all part of Sneh Bhakta’s commute in downtown Minneapolis.

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After the recent arrests , police said robberies dropped to just three in one week earlier this month. It looks like her district covers all of Minneapolis . Scroll down to see the map. Hennepin Avenue is on the north side of the downtown area where the red dot is

“It does make me feel singled out because all the time I am alone,” Bhakta said. “And like when I commute at 6 in the morning, I am by myself, at the train station I’m alone.”

His concerns grew upon seeing the disturbing robberies caught on tape, occurring near the places he walks. At about 4 a.m. on August 17, at the intersection of 5th Street and Hennepin Avenue, a man stands by himself while looking down at his phone. Slowly but surely, people approach him to talk. Eventually he is surrounded, beaten and left unconscious — all so the thieves could take his phone and wallet.

A few weeks earlier outside Target Field, another group targets a man who is alone in broad daylight. They attack him, and even ride a bike over his body — all to steal his belongings.

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Twenty people arrested , 18 of them now charged — all connected to brutal robberies in downtown Minneapolis . The attacks were caught on surveillance video, taking place in August.

In each of the robberies , a suspect was arrested but not charged . The phones were sold at automated kiosks for Robberies in downtown Minneapolis jumped by more than 50% this year as groups of mostly teenage boys Twenty -three robberies took place in a single week at the end of August alone.

Police said during a three-week stretch in August, 48 robberies were reported in downtown with 23 happening in one week.

From January 1 to August 26 in 2018, police said there were 156 robberies downtown. During that same span in 2019 there were 240 — an increase of 53.8%.

Half of the suspects charged in the robberies. Top row (lt to rt: Ade Davis, Adrian Cooper, Alexis Dillard-Grayer. Middle row (lt to rt: Antonio Morrow, Boris Lusmbo, Cornell Parker. Bottom row (lt to rt): Jamar Robinson, Kareem Shavers, Vincent Nelson (credit: Hennepin Co. Jail)

Most of the robberies are taking place along between 3rd and 6th Street, as well as Hennepin and 2nd Avenue. The key time is from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Police said the criminals in the recent cases “finesse” the victim. They search for easy targets, typically someone who is intoxicated, alone, and looking at their phone.

“Many of these juveniles that are affected by this are part of just coming out of incarceration and they don’t have any hope at home, there’s nothing there, and so they come downtown where there’s a little bit of everything and they’re waiting on somebody to prey on,” said V.J. Smith, founder of MAD DADS Minneapolis.

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Charges came down Monday against the teens and young adults, and could lead to lengthy sentences for some: First-degree aggravated robbery carries a Two of those charged in that attack are 17, and being charged as juveniles. Both admitted it was them on the surveillance tape, charges say, with

The organization is an outreach group that fills downtown every weekend. They will do everything from break up fights to feed people, but most importantly be the adult figure at-risk youth might be missing in their lives. Many of those arrested for the robberies are juveniles who MAD DADS workers have interacted with.

“These people in the community that are doing this, we have to have some consequences for this, but we also have to get to the heart of it. What’s wrong? What’s your problem? Is it education? Is it mental health? What is it and let’s treat it and let’s fix it,” he said.

After the recent arrests, police said robberies dropped to just three in one week earlier this month. Regardless, Bhakta plans to keep his guard up.

“It’s still challenging to feel, like, safe, because I’m always kind of vigilant about my surroundings, and if something doesn’t happen to me, it might happen to someone else and just being aware of that,” Bhakta said.

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