Twin Cities weekend crime incident recap

Minneapolis surpassed 40 homicides on the year over the weekend.

Minneapolis police responded to a shooting and crash at Lowry and Penn Avenue North on June 10, 2022 (Photo provided to Crime Watch)

Plymouth police were on site investigating a shooting homicide into late Thursday night at a gas station on the 9600 block of 36th Avenue North. Several other law enforcement agencies reportedly assisted at the scene. Police later released a statement saying they responded to the shooting about 8:25 p.m. and administered first aid to the victim, but he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The victim was subsequently identified as Marlon Lindly Pompey, 28, of Maple Grove. Few other details have been offered by police, but Plymouth Police Chief Erik Fadden said they don’t believe the shooting was random.

Minneapolis tallied the first of three weekend homicides late Thursday night, the city’s 39th homicide for the year, on the 1800 block of Sheridan Avenue North. Police responded to two Shotspotter activations just before 10 p.m., according to police dispatch audio. Upon arrival officers learned that a victim had been privately transported to the hospital. The incident sparked an hours-long response by law enforcement including SWAT that lasted until after 6:30 a.m. Friday.

Over 70 shots were detected by the city’s Shotspotter technology, according to police dispatch audio. An audio clip purported to be the shots from the incident was posted online in which a barrage of gunfire can be heard and indicates possible automatic gunfire.

Police found spent shell casings at the scene and later found a firearm underneath a vehicle. Several vehicles sustained bullet damage as did at least one residence, according to dispatch audio.

As the incident unfolded, police requested squads from other precincts to respond to the 4th Precinct to handle 911 calls. Dispatch audio indicated that police were using commands over a loudspeaker to call residents out of a home at the shooting location. A police BearCat vehicle and negotiators also eventually arrived at the site.

A statement released by the Minneapolis Police Department early Friday morning stated a man in his 30s had died at the hospital due to his injuries. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office has since identified the decedent as Ernell Lamar Hooks, 41, of Columbia Heights. Police said in their statement that no arrests had been made, and they offered no information about the outcome of the overnight standoff at the incident location.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Friday that 17-year-old Vance Demond Chatman, Jr., will stand trial as an adult related to a series of violent carjackings in Edina, St. Louis Park, Crystal and Minneapolis in late 2021 and early 2022. Chatman and two other teens were charged late last year in the Edina and St. Louis Park incidents, but Chatman was certified by a judge in Hennepin County court last week.

Chatman is charged with nine felonies in four cases including felon in possession of a firearm, six counts of first-degree aggravated robbery, and two counts of auto theft. Chatman was scheduled to make his first court appearance on the charges on Monday June 13 at 1:30 p.m.

Fridley police responded Friday about 1:30 p.m. to a report of a carjacking at gunpoint that occurred in the parking lot of Sam’s Club on the 8100 block of University Avenue Northeast, according to dispatch audio. The victim later posted online about the carjacking and described the vehicle as a 2015 Acura TLX. No official statement was released by police about the incident.

Minneapolis police were dispatched to a shooting just before 5 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Penn Avenue North and Lowry Avenue North, according to dispatch audio. Photos posted online showed an apparent traffic crash that resulted in connection to the shooting (top photo). Police put up crime scene tape and closed traffic in the area for nearly an hour. No information was immediately available about the extent of injuries to victims as a result of the shooting or the crash, and no official statement was released by police about the incident.

Minneapolis police responded to a shooting and crash at Lowry and Penn Avenue North on June 10, 2022 (Photo provided to Crime Watch)

Brooklyn Park police responded Friday about 7:50 p.m. to a report of an armed carjacking on the 7600 block of Jolly Lane. A statement released by BPPD said the suspects had used a firearm to assault the victim then stole the victim’s vehicle. Officers were able to quickly locate the stolen vehicle in the 5800 block of 73rd Avenue North, but the vehicle fled when officers tried to stop it. Officers engaged in a vehicle pursuit and were able to use a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) which disabled the stolen vehicle on the 6300 block of Brooklyn Boulevard. Three adult males were taken into custody and four firearms were recovered by police. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Court records show that Isaac Lamin Jalloh, 20, of Brooklyn Center was charged on Monday with felony counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and fleeing police. Jalloh remained in custody Monday afternoon on $150,000 bail and is scheduled to make a first court appearance on Tuesday.

Jail records show that an Andover 19-year-old was also arrested by Brooklyn Park police and booked at the same time on probable cause aggravated robbery and weapons. He has not been formally charged at this time, and the booking record indicates he may be released without charges.

Another 19-year-old from New Brighton was booked at the same time on probable cause aggravated robbery and weapons. He had not been formally charged as of Monday at noon.

Several law enforcement agencies assisted in the apprehension of the suspects including the Minnesota State Patrol Air Unit, Brooklyn Center Police Department, and Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

St. Paul police responded Friday about 9 p.m. to a report of a shooting victim at Born’s Bar, 899 Rice Street. A female shot another person in the foot, according to police dispatch audio. Police arrived and found the victim and indicated that the incident may have been related to a domestic situation they were responding to nearby at the time. Police shut down traffic on Rice Street and indicated that the shooting occurred in the street. Further audio indicated that a 58-year-old male was transported to Region’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to the foot. Booking records show that Laniesha Nychelle Ifonlaja, 40, was booked into custody on probable cause discharge of a firearm and assault, both felonies, and one count of gross misdemeanor driving without insurance. Ifonlaja’s address was listed on the 900 block of Rice Street, which was the incident address of the domestic call. No official statement was released by police about the incident

St. Paul police responded Friday about 11:18 p.m. on several reports of shots fired in the area of Wilder Playground near Case Avenue East and Edgerton Street. One 911 caller said they heard about 12 shots and another thought they heard an “automatic weapon,” according to police dispatch audio. Police arrived as a vehicle fled the area. The dispatcher informed police that a white Kia Sportage stolen out of Minneapolis had been spotted at the Rec Center several times earlier in the evening. Police indicated that they pulled over another vehicle at Edgerton and Sims Avenue that was involved, occupied by four people. Police aired to the dispatcher that a gun was located in the vehicle and one person was in custody. Police said shots were fired at the Rec Center last week as well. Police eventually aired that two juvenile males were being transported to the juvenile detention center. No official statement was released by police on the incident.

Minneapolis police responded Friday just after 11:30 p.m. to a report of a business robbery at knife point on the 600 block of Cedar Avenue in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, according to dispatch audio. University of Minnesota police also responded and within minutes aired that they had apprehended the suspect described in the incident who had been fleeing the area on foot. Arrested party information was not immediately available, and no official statement was released by police on the incident.

Police in downtown Minneapolis located a shooting victim Saturday at 5th and Nicollet Mall about 1:13 a.m. after hearing shots fired in the area, according to dispatch audio. Police indicated the victim had been shot in the leg and had an arterial bleed. Further audio indicated that the victim was a 30-year-old male who had been shot in the upper thigh and was transported to the hospital with a tourniquet applied. Police said a bus shelter had sustained bullet damage and they found the victim’s blood trail leading from the area. Police aired a suspect description and later updated that the victim had been shot as he tried to flee from a robbery attempt by a group who demanded his belongings. Police indicated that there were reports of the suspect still being in the area, but it was unclear whether anyone was apprehended at that time. Further information about the victim’s condition was not immediately available, and no official statement was released by police on the incident.

Minneapolis homicide scene at 15th and Nicollet Avenue, June 11, 2022.

Downtown Minneapolis police responded to reports of shots fired and another report of a shooting Saturday about 3:17 a.m. on the 1500 block of Nicollet Avenue. Police arrived to find a male in a black Cadillac Escalade with Illinois license plates who they said wasn’t breathing, according to dispatch audio.

Several minutes later, police were notified that another vehicle had shown up at Hennepin County Medical Center containing a gunshot victim and three others. It was later determined that the victim at the hospital was related to the same shots fired incident at 15th and Nicollet Avenue.

Police reported to dispatch at the time that the victim at 15th and Nicollet had a gun in his lap. Police at the hospital also reported to dispatch that a gun was recovered from that vehicle with the other victim.

A police camera operator later stated that the shooting itself wasn’t captured on camera but may have happened closer to 15th and Lasalle Avenue, and the Escalade rolled to Nicollet Avenue. Police eventually found spent shell casings near 15th and Lasalle.

Minneapolis police updated later Saturday morning that the male at the scene had died as a result of his injuries, and the male who was privately transported to the hospital suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Minneapolis police indicated that no arrests had been made at the time. The decedent was subsequently identified by the medical examiner as Hassan Abu Mohamed, 31, of Minneapolis.

The killing marked the 40th homicide for Minneapolis this year and the fourth homicide in the span of a week for the city.

Brooklyn Park police responded Saturday just before 6 p.m. to a double shooting on the 6200 block of Boone Avenue North in the parking lot of a business. Officers located the victims who were transported by ambulance to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said the suspects fled the area in a vehicle prior to officers’ arrival, and the investigation is ongoing.

South St. Paul police responded Sunday about 12:42 a.m. on a report of a domestic stabbing on the 900 block of 16th Avenue North. A 911 caller told the dispatcher that a younger sister had stabbed the mom, according to dispatch audio. Further dispatches indicated that the mom was stabbed twice, and one wound was under the victim’s left arm, but she was awake and breathing. Police arrived and indicated that they had the suspect detained and cleared medics into the scene. Further information about the victim’s condition was not immediately available, and no official statement was released by police on the incident.

A Minneapolis police officer called out over dispatch Sunday just after 1 a.m. that their squad car had been rear-ended in a crash at East Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue and requested EMS to respond to the scene. Later audio indicated that a party was being transported for intoxication testing. An email request to the Minneapolis Police Department inquiring about injuries to officers and other information related to the crash was not responded to in time for this report.

Minneapolis added a third weekend homicide on Sunday, the city’s 41st. Firefighters responded after 9 a.m. to a report of a fire alarm or smoke condition in an apartment on the 1700 block of 3rd Avenue South. Fire command aired that they encountered smoke from burnt food as well as a medical incident in a unit on the 18th floor and requested police and EMS to respond. A responding officer requested a supervisor to the scene and contact information for homicide investigators.

Minneapolis police later released a statement saying they were investigating a suspicious death. They said that a male believed to be in his 60s had died from injuries not related to any fire. Police also said that a man who had been in the apartment was arrested. Charles Brown, 55, was booked into custody on probable cause murder but had not been formally charged as of noon on Monday. Forensic scientists from the Minneapolis Police Forensic Division responded to process the scene and collect evidence. Investigators from the Minneapolis Police Homicide Division are investigating to determine what transpired. The medical examiner will be expected to release the name of the decedent and the cause of death at a later date.

Minneapolis police on Sunday quickly apprehended four suspects after responding to a report of juveniles breaking windows with a metal pipe at a school on the 2100 block of 12th Avenue North just after 8 p.m. Three juveniles were immediately apprehended while trying to flee and a fourth was seen entering a residence where police indicated they encountered a parent and entered a residence on the 900 block of Oliver Avenue North. No further information was immediately available on the extent of damage, and no official statement was released by police about the incident.

Minneapolis police aired just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday that they could hear a “huge gunfight” with about 40 shots fired somewhere southeast of the 4th Precinct, according to dispatch audio. Police checked the area and eventually found spent casings on the 1200 block of Knox Avenue North and bullet damage to a residence. There were no immediate reports of injuries, and no official statement was released by police about the incident.

Minneapolis police responded Sunday just after 8:30 p.m. to a shooting at a gas station on the 4400 block of Nicollet Avenue. Police arrived to find a victim shot in the lower leg, according to dispatch audio. Police also asked the dispatcher to notify Metro Transit that a bus shelter at the location had sustained bullet damage. Further audio indicated that a 19-year-old female was transported to the hospital with a “through and through” gunshot wound to the ankle. No information was aired at the time about the circumstances of the shooting or any suspects, and no official statement was released by police about the incident.

Over the weekend, the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association named Burnsville Sgt. Brent Murray its “Officer of the Year” at its annual convention Saturday at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria, Minn.

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