Twin Cities weekend crime recap

A 15-year-old was charged for a St. Cloud homicide, police responded to an active shooter situation in New York Mills, and 1,295 fentanyl pills were recovered during a Minneapolis raid.

Guns confiscated by HCSO and Brooklyn Park PD (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office)

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Brooklyn Park Police Department both reported on a SWAT-involved warrant execution that took place Thursday morning on the 7500 block of 68th Avenue North related to an ongoing weapons and narcotics investigation.

HCSO reported that 24 illegally possessed firearms and approximately one pound of cocaine was seized during the operation in Brooklyn Park (top photo).

In addition, HCSO said that two more search warrants were executed in St. Paul as part of the same investigation. As a result of those warrants, detectives recovered two more firearms and additional quantities of cocaine. The target of the investigation was arrested during this operation.

Court documents named the “subjects” of the Brooklyn Park search warrant to include the following, all of whom were in the residence at the time:

Akram Hussein Mousa Abushanap, 34, now charged with third-degree drugs involving possession of 10 grams or more. Akram Abushanap was also out on bond at the time of his arrest on another New Hope drug case charged in late January on counts of first-degree drugs involving possession of 25 grams or more, fifth-degree drugs, and receiving stolen property — all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of fleeing police. He remained in custody at Hennepin County Jail on Monday on $10,000 bail in the new case.

Ahmad Hussein Mousa Abushanap, 39, now charged with three counts of first-degree drugs involving possession and/or sales, one count each of second- and fifth-degree drugs, and felon in possession of a firearm. Ahmed Abushanap is also a convicted pedophile whose 2015 prison sentence of 36 months was stayed and has not been revoked despite at least three court-verified probation violations. He remained in custody at Hennepin County Jail on Monday on $100,000 bail.

Imad Hussein Musa Abushanab (aka Abushanap), 47, was booked on an Anoka County gross misdemeanor warrant for interfering with a dead body or crime scene related to a September 2022 incident where a person was found deceased inside a Columbia Heights barber shop in a suspected drug overdose. Charges in the case say Imad Abushanab delayed about 40 minutes before calling 911 after discovering the body while he hid and manipulated evidence inside the shop. Officers and detectives located scales with powdered residue, hypodermic needles, and a sawed-off shotgun inside the business along with a tin foil envelope containing brown substance believed to be heroin in the bathroom next to the deceased party. Records show that Imad Abushanab has not currently been charged in relation to the Brooklyn Park search warrant. He has been transferred into custody at Anoka County Jail related to the warrant.

Information about any persons arrested in the St. Paul warrant executions was not immediately available.

There were two smash and grab burglaries or attempts in Minneapolis early Thursday morning, according to dispatch audio.

The first occurred after 4:30 a.m. at a gas station on the 2800 block of Riverside Avenue. The 911 caller reported that they could see four people on video breaking into the business. When police arrived, the suspects were gone but they said it looked like a vehicle had rammed the door. Information was later aired that indicated the loss was candy and snacks.

Police responded to the second report of a business break-in around 5:30 a.m. at a smoke shop on the 2500 block of Lyndale Avenue South. Police arrived to find the front glass broken but entry was apparently prevented due to security bars on the window. A witness told police that one of the suspects had been armed and described one suspect as a heavyset white male, about 6ft2 wearing a black hoodie with white remembrance angel on back. Further information aired indicated that police believed it may be the same suspects in both incidents.

The suspect vehicle was spotted by police near 24th and Cedar Avenue about two hours later, but police were ordered not to pursue it because no victims had been present during the armed burglary. The suspect vehicle was found abandoned about 7:45 a.m. on the 3200 block of 40th Avenue South.

No public statements were released by police about either incident.

Mounds View police on Thursday asked for the public’s help in providing the location of attempted murder suspect Tyler Van Coleman, 34, who they say was involved in a shooting in their city that morning. A gun was not recovered, and Coleman is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Two people were injured in a shooting Thursday inside an Uptown Minneapolis restaurant.

Police were dispatched just after noon to a report of a person with a gun outside 1300 Lagoon Avenue, according to dispatch audio. The dispatcher told officers that one person heard three shots and saw a male with a gun walk into a restaurant with a purple door. The dispatcher then updated that shots were possibly fired inside the restaurant.

Police arrived and found two gunshot victims inside the Breakfast Klub restaurant. Two suspects had fled the scene; one of them reportedly ran toward the Greenway.

Information aired indicated that police placed a tourniquet on one of the victims who was reported to be shot in the arm. The other victim was reported to be shot in the torso. Police later provided information that both were believed to have injuries that were not life-threatening.

A search for suspects ensued but none were located at the time.

Demarco Cavil, executive chef at the Breakfast Klub, said in a statement posted on Facebook that the restaurant will be closed until further notice and indicated that they plan to take measures to “create a safer environment for our staff and customers.”

Cavil was previously listed in a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal article as the chef at the Fire House bar and restaurant, next-door to the Breakfast Klub, where a security guard was shot and killed in October 2022. No arrests have been made in that murder.

A 15-year-old St. Paul Harding high school student was stabbed to death inside the school Friday, and a 16-year-old suspect was taken into custody, also a Harding student.

The school district removed officers from the schools following George Floyd’s death in 2020. Police are now only hired for football and basketball games and other events.

Shots were fired outside St. Paul’s Washington Technology Magnet School last month during a fight between a group of teens, and a teacher was grazed in the ear by a bullet.

Earlier in January, police were called twice in one week to Humboldt high school on weapons reports. A staff member was assaulted in at least one of those incidents.

Just two weeks ago, a liaison working at Harding said “someone is going to be killed” because of the number of weapons that were being brought into the school, a district source told Alpha News.

As of Friday, no motive had been identified for the fatal stabbing. The death was counted as the first homicide for St. Paul this year.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office announced on Friday that a search warrant had been executed earlier in the week at a residence in the South Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis during which drugs and guns were seized.

Guns and drugs confiscated by HCSO in Uptown raid (Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office)

The search conducted by HCSO’s Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) and the Emergency Services Unit (ESU) was related to an ongoing weapons and narcotics investigation, they said. VOTF detectives seized over five pounds of powder fentanyl, over one pound of cocaine, one pound of methamphetamine, 1,295 fentanyl pills and a large press used to package and distribute narcotics. HCSO said that according to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) standards, the amount of fentanyl seized is enough to kill tens of thousands of people.

In addition to the drugs seized, six illegally possessed handguns and one illegally possessed rifle were recovered.

Tamul Lavelle Golden, 41, of Brooklyn Center was arrested following the raid on the 3000 block of Aldrich Avenue South. Four others were located and detained inside the residence, which was leased to Golden, but they were not arrested.

Golden has been charged with three counts of first-degree drug sales and one count of felon in possession of a firearm, all felonies. Golden has a prior fifth-degree narcotics conviction which prohibits him from possessing firearms.

Golden made his first court appearance on Friday and is being held on $1 million bail. No attorney was listed Golden who is scheduled to make his next court appearance on March 7.

The Coon Rapids Police Department provided an update Saturday on arrests related to a robbery at gunpoint of a teen in their city last month.

According to CRPD and court documents, on Jan. 16 just before 1 p.m., a 15-year-old juvenile victim in the incident was walking in the area of 111th Avenue Northwest and Hanson Boulevard Northwest when he was flagged down by two males in a vehicle with whom he was somewhat acquainted.

The two suspect males asked the victim if he wanted a ride, and he got into the vehicle with them. The victim was subsequently robbed at gunpoint by both of the suspects. The suspects took a large amount of cash from the victim, and he was pushed out of the vehicle, uninjured.

That evening, detectives from the Coon Rapids Police Department and the Anoka Hennepin Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force were able to locate and arrest one of the suspects, a 17-year-old juvenile male. The juvenile suspect was booked into the Lino Lakes Juvenile Detention center and was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery.

Kyan Andrew Greig (Anoka County Jail)

The second suspect was identified as 18-year-old Kyan Andrew Greig, of Ramsey, and a warrant was issued for his arrest within days following the robbery. Greig was arrested on Feb. 6 and was also charged with first-degree aggravated robbery.

Greig was granted a public defender during his court appearance last week and is being held on $50,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 1.

St. Paul police fatally shot a man Saturday night who they say was wielding a knife and threatening people inside the community room of an apartment building.

Police were dispatched just before 5 p.m. to the 100 block of Western Avenue on a report of a male with a knife who was waving the weapon around on the first floor of a building, according to dispatch audio. There was another dispatch in the same area reporting a male with a machete and described the suspect as a 50-year-old Asian male.

Shortly after arriving at the location, an officer called out that shots had been fired and called for medics.

Further audio indicated that the knife had been taken away and that CPR was immediately being performed on the suspect.

St. Paul police released a statement a few hours later confirming that the male had been pronounced deceased at the scene and that a taser had been deployed as well as shots fired when the suspect advanced on officers with the knife in his hand.

SPPD said that body-worn cameras were activated and recording at the time of the incident. The involved officers have been placed on standard administrative leave and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is in charge of the investigation.

Around Minnesota

Law enforcement in Ottertail County responded about 7:20 a.m. Thursday to a report of an active shooter situation at the Lund Boat Company in New York Mills, Minn.

The Ottertail County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) said in a statement that employees at the plant had restrained the suspect prior to the arrival of officers.

The suspect, 21-year-old David Jeremiah Gadsden, who was a Lund employee, has now been charged with felony counts of second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers public safety, and a gross-misdemeanor count of carrying a firearm in a public place without a permit.

David Jeremiah Gadsden (Ottertail County Sheriff’s Office)

According to a statement by the OCSO, Gadsden was in a verbal confrontation with another employee when he pulled a small caliber handgun and fired a round at the 31-year-old male victim, but the round did not strike the victim. The suspect then chased the victim outside where the victim was able to get away. Another round was possibly fired while outside. The suspect was not allowed back into the building due to an employee holding the door restricting access. Another Lund employee made contact with the suspect outside and the suspect fled but was caught and subdued by employees prior to law enforcement arriving.

Gadsden remained in custody on Monday on $1 million bail, and his next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27.

St. Cloud police released information Friday stating that a 15-year-old juvenile had been arrested and charged by juvenile petition with second-degree murder in connection to a January shooting homicide in their city.

SCPD responded on Jan. 17 just before midnight to a report of a shooting on the 300 block of 14th Avenue Southeast. Craig Lamar Hortman, 53, was found with at least one gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The unnamed juvenile was arrested on Jan. 18 following another report of gunshots heard in the 800 block of 34th Avenue North and has been in custody ever since, KNSI reported. The juvenile is being held for reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm (under 18), and prohibited possession of a firearm due to prior felony qualifying convictions in that case.

Information was not made available on whether the prosecutor would seek to have the teen certified as an adult.

The Duluth Police Department reported on Sunday that they responded about 7:30 a.m. to a report of shots fired on the 300 block of West 4th Street.

Officers learned that the reporting party’s boyfriend, later identified as 23-year-old Duluth resident Davonta Antonio Donaldson, had returned home in a manic state saying he was being followed and that people were trying to kill him.

Davonta Antonio Donaldson (St. Louis County Jail)

Donaldson armed himself with a firearm and fired rounds inside of the apartment.

The reporting party, a 20-year-old female, and two juveniles, ages 11 and 7, took refuge in the bathroom and began speaking with officers on scene via phone. A perimeter was set up, and the other residents of the apartment building were evacuated. Officers attempted negotiations with Donaldson who eventually exited the rear of the residence.

Donaldson was in possession of a firearm and was immediately detained. Donaldson was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation. Donaldson was booked on probable cause felony charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and obstructing the legal process.

Duluth police said there were no injuries during this incident and the investigation is still active and ongoing.

The Big Lake Police Department reported that a burglary took place at the WAVE Youth Center located at 171 Lake Street North that occurred sometime between Saturday afternoon and about 4 a.m. Monday. They are asking for the public’s help in supplying surveillance video from surrounding businesses that may have captured the activity.

The loss included the center’s video surveillance system and other electronic items, and the initial investigation indicated that the door may have been left unlocked.

Anyone with information or video is asked to please contact Investigator Prigge at 763-251-2992.

An arrest was made in Washington D.C. on Thursday night in relation to the assault on U.S. Rep. Angie Craig that occurred earlier that morning inside an elevator in her D.C. apartment building.

DC police released these surveillance photos of the suspect. (Metropolitan Police Department/Twitter)

According to a police report, Craig observed the suspect “acting erratically” in the apartment lobby. The suspect entered the elevator with Craig, began doing pushups, and then punched Craig in the chin and grabbed her neck, the report says.

Craig threw her hot coffee at the suspect and ran away.

Police announced Thursday night that they arrested 26-year-old Kendrick Hamlin, who is homeless. He was charged with simple assault.

Craig was reelected to a third term in Congress last November. She represents Minnesota’s second district, which covers the south metro area.

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