A neighborhood diner in the Cooper neighborhood of Minneapolis was left in shambles late Wednesday night after a reportedly intoxicated female crashed a pick-up truck through the front window.
A police dispatcher aired just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday that a vehicle had struck The Bungalow Club building at 4300 East Lake Street. The dispatcher added that the female suspect was reported to be intoxicated and “all over the road” and took off from the scene in a green Dodge pick-up truck.
No squad was immediately dispatched to the incident at the time due to a massive police response at an active shooter incident several blocks away that had begun two hours earlier, just after 9:30 p.m.
Within minutes of the crash, the dispatcher aired a new report of a fight at 15th Avenue South and East Lake Street involving about 30 people. The dispatcher said that the female suspect in the green pick-up truck had been stopped at the location where she was pulled out of the truck and beat up. She got back into the truck and took off, according to the dispatcher.
The dispatcher again followed up airing that the assault was apparently unrelated to the crash. A group was reportedly blocking the road at 15th and East Lake Street for an unknown reason, and they became angry when she tried to drive through.
Apparently, her getting beat up had nothing to do with the crash.
Some thugs have 15th and Lake St blocked off and they got mad because she tried to drive through.
This is a notorious drug dealing area.
— CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) July 14, 2022
There was no information aired about why the group was blocking the road, but the area is notorious for 24/7 drug sales and there is a troublesome encampment nearby.
The area, within a block or two, has been the site of several murders, including one on April 17 of this year just north of Lake Street on 14th Avenue South, which was captured on video (graphic). The victim died several days after being shot.
Two other murders took place in July and August 2021 at 12th Avenue South and East Lake Street, which at the time was another notorious drug dealing block.
Photos supplied to Crime Watch Minneapolis showed the aftermath of the Bungalow Club crash, which obliterated the front of the building.
Dispatches following the crash did not indicate that the female suspect who caused the crash had been located or taken into custody.
The other police SWAT incident ended at 4:30 a.m. when “six hours of attempted negotiations with a man who had isolated himself in an apartment resulted in an officer-involved shooting,” police said.
Alpha News will follow developments in both incidents.
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