Twin Cities weekend crime incident recap

This weekend, a vehicle with five children inside was stolen in Minneapolis, a man was stabbed on the light rail near US Bank Stadium, and a fight involving 20 people took place at Karmel Mall.

LRT stabbing suspect Jeremy Jermaine Rucker/2020 Dakota County Jail

Downtown Minneapolis police responded just after bar close Friday morning to 5th and Hennepin Avenue on a report of an assault, according to police dispatch audio. They arrived to find a male unconscious with “heavy damage to his face and eye region.” The approximately 21-year-old male was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Further information about his condition was not immediately available, and no official statement was released by police about the incident.

Minneapolis police responded Friday about 11:40 a.m. to a help call from one of the city’s Behavioral Crisis Response (BCR) social worker teams that was responding to a call at the Amber Apartment building at 4527 Hiawatha Avenue, according to police dispatch audio. While police were responding, the dispatcher indicated that another 911 caller had reported a stabbing at the location. Police arrived and immediately requested medics to respond urgently and called for more squads to respond to the scene. Police indicated that they had a suspect in custody and requested another EMS rig to respond for the suspect. A 38-year-old female victim was transported to the hospital suffering from an arterial bleed resulting from a stab wound to the neck, according to further dispatch audio.

Jail records show Tameka Jaynee Scott, 32, was booked into custody on probable cause domestic assault. Scott was charged Tuesday with one felony count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Charges state police were initially dispatched on a welfare check of the resident of the apartment, Scott. Police learned that a relative and social workers (BCR) had gone to the apartment to check on Scott before they arrived. Charges state the victim stabbed was Scott’s sister and she was found by the responding social workers when they arrived. The victim was holding a bleeding wound to her neck and a knife, charges said.

Scott was covered in a blood-like substance and told police, “I shouldn’t have did that,” charges state. Another relative told police that Scott suffers from mental illness and had not been taking her medications.

Scott was scheduled to make her first court appearance on Tuesday afternoon.

Robbinsdale City Council Member Tyler Kline on Friday resigned from the council amid calls for his resignation after being charged with DWI and fleeing police in January. Kline was also facing increased pressure after a petition was submitted last week to recall him.

Charges in the case say Kline drove the wrong way on Highway 100 and veered around police cars several times before they rammed Kline’s vehicle to stop him. A traffic camera captured video images from the incident that show the vehicle driving the wrong way without lights and swerving to avoid police cars.

Kline said in a written resignation statement submitted to Mayor Bill Blonigan and council members that he had regrets about why he was resigning and said the decision wasn’t easy, “but [it’s] the right one for me and my family.”

At the time of his arrest, Kline had been serving as a legislative assistant to Senator Ann Rest, DFL–New Hope, since 2016 and was still listed on the senator’s webpage until recently.

Kline is scheduled for a jury trial in the case on June 6.

Tyler Kline/Hennepin County Jail

Elk River police released a statement Friday saying they responded about 3 p.m. to a business that reported a bomb threat on the 18100 block of Carson Court Northwest. The business was swept with assistance from the Minneapolis Police Department’s Bomb Squad and a Metro Transit Police bomb detection K9. Elk River SWAT also used a robot to check the interior and determined that no threat was present. Elk River police later updated that they had identified a juvenile suspect who admitted to calling in the bomb threat. The juvenile was not identified, but police said that charges are being pursued.

Mendota Heights police on Friday afternoon conducted an extensive search for a missing juvenile with health issues in the area of Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul. County and state resources, including a helicopter, were utilized in the hours-long search for the boy. Police finally updated just before 10 p.m. that the child was back home and safe with his family.

Schools in Richfield, West St. Paul and Duluth separately reported Thursday and Friday that they were investigating threats made between students or via social media involving possible violence within specific schools in their respective districts.

School officials indicated that extra precautions were being taken following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas last week.

Updates from each school indicated that the threats had not been found to be credible or were not considered an immediate safety concern, but the incidents were continuing to be investigated.

Bloomington police on Friday responded after 10 p.m. to West Bush Lake Park, 9401 West Bush Lake Road, on a report that a passerby had been shot with an air-soft gun near where 50-60 juveniles were gathered in the parking lot, according to police dispatch audio. Police arrived and spoke with the victim and located the juveniles who were gathered around a 2014 red Jeep. Police observed a welt on the victim’s stomach where he’d been shot but indicated they were not able to obtain a good description of the person who may have fired the air-soft gun. The victim ultimately told police he didn’t want to press charges but just wanted police to know what was going on. One of the officers also indicated that underage drinking may have been taking place. Bloomington police did not release a statement on the incident.

Metro Transit police in Minneapolis were flagged down Friday about 6:40 p.m. on a report that a male had stabbed another person aboard the Blue Line LRT coming from the US Bank Stadium transit station, according to police dispatch audio. The train was held at the Lake Street station, and a police camera operator described the suspect as a black male in his 20s to 30s in tan pants who had exited the train at Lake Street. Police located the suspect and detained him at gunpoint, and they stated a taser was also deployed. The victim, described as an older black male, was located on the train. Officers indicated that the train needed to be cleared of passengers and taken out of service due to a “bio” hazard. Metro Transit posted on Twitter at the time that the Blue Line train was being delayed due to police activity without giving any further details, and no official statement was released. Further dispatch audio indicated that the victim was a 67-year-old male transported to the hospital with multiple lacerations including to his neck. No further information was made available about the victim’s condition.

Booking records show Jeremy Jermaine Rucker, 32, (top photo) was booked into custody following the incident. Rucker was charged on Tuesday with one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Court records show Rucker was convicted in April in Ramsey County on a felony count of third-degree assault involving substantial bodily harm. Under the terms of a plea agreement, Rucker was conditionally released from custody by Judge Adam Yang with no bail required following the plea to await a June 6 sentencing hearing. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Rucker was to receive a stay-of-execution on the felony sentence and was to serve no further jail time.

Rucker is scheduled to make his first court appearance on the new charge on Wednesday.

Minneapolis police responded to two reports of “accidental” shootings. The first was on Friday just after 10 p.m. on the 3300 block of 40th Avenue South where police said a male was shot in the jaw, according to police dispatch audio. Further audio indicated the 32-year-old male was transported to the hospital with his lower jaw “split open” from an accidental gun discharge.

Minneapolis police again responded to a report of an accidental shooting just after 1 a.m. Saturday on the 1900 block of South 7th Street in Cedar Riverside. Dispatch audio indicated that a 75-year-old male was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the thigh. No official police statements were released about either shooting, and no further information was immediately available about the patients’ conditions.

A Minnesota state trooper squad was involved in a crash just before midnight Friday in Mendota Heights that occurred during a pursuit of a stolen vehicle, according to police dispatch audio. The crash occurred near Highway 62 and Delaware Avenue. Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher rolled up on the scene of the crash during a broadcast of “Live on Patrol.” Fletcher said during the broadcast that the vehicle had been stolen out of Crystal and the thieves were apparently known to be a group of “kids” familiar to Fletcher and law enforcement. The suspect stolen vehicle reportedly was not involved in the crash and continued to flee from the scene and was not located at the time, according to comments in Fletcher’s video. Information about any injuries to involved parties was not immediately known, and no official statement about the crash could be found.

Screen capture from Live on Patrol at the Mendota Heights crash scene

Minneapolis police were dispatched about 2:20 a.m. on Saturday to a report of a stabbing at Conga Latin Bistro at 501 East Hennepin Avenue. Dispatch audio indicated that an approximately 25-year-old male was transported to the hospital with stab wounds to the chest and abdomen. The victim’s condition is not known, and police did not release a statement on the incident or whether any suspects had been apprehended.

St. Paul police responded on Saturday just before 2:30 a.m. to a pedestrian that had been struck by a vehicle on the Marshall Avenue/Lake Street bridge. Information later released stated the male in his 40s had suffered significant head trauma and died as a result of the crash. The 72-year-old driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and was cooperative and there were no signs of impairment at the time, police said. A witness reported that the pedestrian was seen walking in the middle of the road before the crash.

A woman was shot in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis before 10 p.m. Saturday resulting from shots fired at a gas station near Lasalle Avenue and West Grant Street. Police were initially dispatched to a report of shots fired near Grant and Willow Street. When police arrived at Speedway, they were told by witnesses that a female had been shot in the leg and was self-transporting to the hospital. A few minutes later a female with a gunshot wound made contact with an off-duty officer near the Armory. She was in a vehicle with three children and told responders she’d been shot at a gas station. Further information about the woman’s condition was not available, and police did not release an official statement on the shooting.

The University of Minnesota Public Safety Department posted a notification about 1:40 a.m. Sunday about shots fired on the 1700 block of University Avenue Southeast in the prior hour. Dispatch audio just before 1 a.m. indicated that police arrived and found a female injured, but it was unclear at the time if she’d been shot or injured in another way. Further audio indicated that the same female may have shown up at a hospital later, but communications were not clear on whether it had been determined to be a shooting. No other statement or report of injuries was released by UMPD or MPD on the incident.

St. Paul police were dispatched about 10 a.m. Sunday on a report of an armed robbery where a dog had been taken at gunpoint near Wheelock Parkway and Alameda Street North, according to dispatch audio. The suspects were described as two Asian males. A post on social media later stated that the dog’s name was Suga and the owners were seeking information to try to locate her.

A vehicle with children inside was stolen in Minneapolis Sunday about 3 p.m. on the 1200 block of East Lake Street. Police later released a statement saying the vehicle had contained five children, and the oldest, an 11-year-old, convinced the thief to let the boys out of the vehicle about a block away. The child had a cellphone and was able to contact his parents who had stepped out of the running vehicle before it was stolen. The children, ages one to 11, were reunited with their parents, but the 2007 Silver Honda Odyssey remained missing.

Minneapolis police responded to a shooting Sunday about 8:30 p.m. on the 2900 block of Bloomington Avenue, according to dispatch audio. The shooting had been preceded by a Shotspotter activation indicating 10 rounds detected. An approximately 40-year-old male was transported to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, dispatch indicated. Information about the victim’s condition was not available, and no official statement was released by MPD on the shooting.

Law enforcement in the Plymouth and Maple Grove area searched for a suspect about 10:30 p.m. Sunday after a vehicle fled from police and crashed near Bass Lake Road and 494. The incident stemmed from a traffic complaint in Orono just before 10 p.m. Multiple agencies assisted in the search for the suspect, including a helicopter and K9 units, but the driver was not located at the time, police later said in a statement.

Minneapolis police responded to another shooting about 11 p.m. Sunday on the 2600 block of West Broadway Avenue. A 45-year-old male had been shot in the leg and transported to the hospital, according to police dispatch audio. The victim’s relatives later posted on social media stating that the man was doing “OK” and had reportedly been caught in crossfire. Police later released a statement confirming that information. The victim was not able to provide any suspect information to police.

St. Paul police responded to reports of shots fired Sunday night after 9 p.m. One incident was reported to be downtown near 6th and Cedar Street, according to dispatch audio. While police were searching for a victim at that location, a gunshot victim showed up at the hospital reportedly shot in the leg. A short time later, another victim arrived at the hospital shot in the back and buttocks. Information at the time indicated the victims may have been from different shooting incidents. No official statement was released by police about the victims or the related incidents.

Minneapolis police responded to a shooting just before 2 a.m. Monday in what they called a carjacking robbery gone bad on the 400 block of 29th Avenue North, according to dispatch audio. The shooting was preceded by a Shotspotter activation indicating five rounds had been fired. Police said the victim was shot in the hand and was also bleeding from the head from being hit. The suspects reportedly took the victim’s Ford Taurus. No official statement was released by police about the incident.

Brooklyn Center police responded Monday about 3:15 a.m. to the sound of gunshots in the area of Earle Brown Drive and Summit Drive. Two vehicles were stopped leaving the area. Twelve juveniles and three adults were detained during the investigation. An adult male with a gunshot wound later arrived at a local hospital. The incident continues to be investigated, police said.

University of Minnesota police reported hearing two volleys of shots fired Monday about 3:20 a.m. in the area of the 1800 block of University Avenue Southeast, according to dispatch audio. Minneapolis police were also dispatched to the area on a report of a fight. Upon arrival, officers reported hearing shots fired in the area of the “problem address” at 1721 University Avenue Southeast. MPD arrived and said several vehicles were leaving the area. There were no immediate reports of injuries, and neither department released statements about the incident.

Minneapolis police responded to a shooting Monday about 1:40 p.m. on the 3000 block of 15th Avenue South, according to police dispatch audio. A male was shot in the leg and was reportedly not cooperative with police. The shooting had been preceded by a Shotspotter activation for nine rounds on the 1500 block of East Lake Street. No official statement was released by police about the incident.

Brooklyn Center police responded to a shooting on Monday about 1:21 p.m. on the 5700 block of Logan Avenue North. Officers rendered aid to an adult male with gunshot wounds to the legs. The victim was transported to the hospital with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Brooklyn Park police responded to an armed robbery Monday about 4 p.m. on the 7600 block of West Broadway. The victim met the suspect at the location for an online purchase of a cellphone. When the victim arrived, the suspect held him at gunpoint and demanded his money. The victim was able to get away and the suspect fled the area in a vehicle. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect. Nobody was physically harmed in the incident, police said.

Minneapolis police were dispatched just before 7 p.m. Monday to a report of a fight involving about 20 people at Karmel Mall at 29th and Pillsbury Avenue. Police arrived and found one person assaulted and requested EMS to respond. A video later surfaced online purported to be from the assault (language warning).

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