Twin Cities weekend crime incident recap

Another person was shot during a hotrodder gathering this weekend in Minneapolis, a Lakeville sophomore died in a car crash, and a 14-year-old boy was shot in the back by possible automatic gunfire.

An Anoka County deputy’s squad was struck early Friday morning as she blocked the roadway following a fatal crash. (Anoka County Sheriff's Office/Twitter)

St. Paul police on Friday announced that an arrest had been made in Illinois related to the 2016 rape of a five-year-old who had been lured away from her school bus stop at Cook Avenue and Park Street. The 19-year-old suspect was not named because he was 13 at the time of the incident, police said. Investigators with SPPD traveled to Illinois to question the suspect after he was jailed, at which time they say he confessed to sexually assaulting the five-year-old girl. The suspect is being held without bail awaiting extradition to Minnesota. DNA evidence had been collected at the time of the crime and a profile match was recently discovered through the National DNA Index System.

An Anoka County deputy’s squad was struck early Friday morning as she blocked the roadway following a fatal crash on Hwy. 65 at 233rd Avenue Northeast in East Bethel.

The sheriff’s office later released a statement saying the deputy’s emergency lights were activated to help control traffic in the area while the scene was being processed when her squad was struck from behind by another motorist. Both the deputy and the driver of the other vehicle were evaluated by EMS and sustained only minor injuries.

Roseville Officer Ryan Duxbury, who was shot during a standoff on Tuesday, underwent surgery on Friday to remove a bullet lodged in his neck. On Saturday Duxbury was released from the hospital where he was greeted by dozens of law enforcement officers and others as he made his way home to recover.

Cottage Grove police on Friday released a statement about the arrest of a Level 3 sex offender who had been the subject of an informational community meeting earlier in the week. In the earlier meeting, police notified the public that Donnie Ray Reece, 36, had been frequenting the 7800 block of Hemingway Avenue South in their city. CGPD stated that Reece had been arrested in Minneapolis on Friday morning on a felony warrant out of Washington County for failure to register as a predatory offender.

Level 3 sex offender Donnie Ray Reece/Cottage Grove Police Department

Brooklyn Park police released a statement that two people had been shot Friday night during a fight on the 5800 block of 73rd Avenue North. Police learned that the two victims were known to each other and had engaged in a fight in which a firearm was produced. Both were struck by gunfire from the same weapon. Both victims were transported to area hospitals by ambulance with significant gunshot wounds.

Burnsville police said on Saturday that one person was killed and two were seriously injured when a fleeing vehicle crashed. Police responded to a disturbance just after 6 a.m. at the Best Western hotel located at 14201 Nicollet Avenue. When a squad arrived, the officer reported that a vehicle was fleeing the area at a high rate of speed and running red lights. The officer stated that he did not have his emergency lights engaged and had not initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle. The officer also said that the vehicle had lost a tire, according to police dispatch audio. About 20 minutes later, the vehicle was found crashed less than a mile away near the post office at Nicollet Boulevard and Grand Avenue. All victims were reported to be in their teens. A report Monday morning identified Lakeville North High School sophomore Sydney Kohner as the teen who died in the crash.

Columbia Heights police reported that a pedestrian had been critically injured just after 9 p.m. Saturday while crossing Central Avenue Northeast near 45th Avenue Northeast. Police said the adult male was crossing outside of a designated crosswalk when he was struck by an SUV being driven by an adult female traveling southbound on Central Avenue. The Minnesota State Patrol was requested to the scene for reconstruction.

In downtown Minneapolis just before midnight Saturday, a 911 caller reported shots had been fired and a bullet had come through the window at Murray’s steakhouse at 26 South 6th Street. The restaurant was closed at the time, but a photo posted online shortly after the incident appeared to show staff inside the restaurant. There were no reported injuries.

In Minneapolis, a shooting victim showed up at the hospital shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday. Police eventually located the shooting scene at 23rd Avenue North and 2nd Street North where hotrodders had been gathered doing burnouts. Police had been at the location before midnight giving dispersal orders to the crowd that was reported to be hostile, according to police scanner audio. A source with information about the incident confirmed to Alpha News that the victim was shot twice, and the shooting was related to the hotrodder gathering.

Blaine police on Sunday conducted a perimeter search in the 4 p.m. hour for several juvenile suspects involved in a reported gun-pointing incident at Stonegate Apartments on the 10600 block of 6th Street Northeast. The victim told police that one of the juveniles pointed the gun and threatened to kill them, according to police scanner audio. After searching for about 40 minutes with the assistance of a police K9, four juveniles were found hiding in a shed on the 400 block of 113th Lane Northwest in Coon Rapids, about a mile from the incident location. The gun was found stashed in a garbage can at a fast-food restaurant on the 10600 block of University Avenue Northeast, according to the dispatch audio. At the time of this report, no information had been made available by the Blaine Police Department.

A 14-year-old boy was shot in Minneapolis Sunday just after 6 p.m. near 36th and Lyndale Avenue North. Police had been dispatched to a ShotSpotter activation that had detected 21 rounds immediately prior to the report of the shooting. An officer radioed to dispatch that he heard automatic gunfire in the area. While en route, police were advised that the call was upgraded to a shooting. A 911 caller reported several teens were surrounding the victim and some were running from the area, according to police scanner audio. Police found casings outside the Northside Food Market at the corner of 36th and Lyndale. The boy was reported to have been shot in the back, according to dispatch audio at the time. Police later said the boy’s injuries were non-life threatening. An audio clip reported to be from the shots fired was posted online in which bursts of gunfire can be heard.

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