Minneapolis, MN Crime & Safety

Man arrested after kidnapping woman at workplace, holding her for hours inside Brooklyn Park home

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- A Twin Cities man was arrested Friday after he allegedly kidnapped a woman and held her against her will for several hours inside his home. The Brooklyn Park Police Department says the woman, who knew the man, was able to break free around 3:30 p.m., when she fled the home and got neighbors to call for help. The 911 caller reported what happened as a domestic assault. Officers responded to the neighborhood and stopped the man as he was driving way. He was arrested without incident. The victim told officers that the man kidnapped her around 6 a.m. while she was arriving at her workplace in nearby Plymouth. The man drove her to his home in the north Minneapolis suburb, where he held the woman against her will for roughly nine hours. 
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19-year-old man shot, killed in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS -- Police are investigating another deadly shooting in Minneapolis.The shooting happened around midnight, just off Lowry Avenue North.A 19-year-old man was found shot behind a home and rushed to the hospital, but he didn't survive.Police combed the area for witnesses and evidence, but nobody has been arrested.The man's death marks the 43rd homicide in the city this year. He has not been identified, pending an investigation by the medical examiner's office.

Teen pleads guilty in March death of Columbia Heights girl

ANOKA, Minn. -- A Twin Cities teenager pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter in the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl, the Anoka County Attorney's office announced.Damico Jamal-Tokyo High shot and killed 15-year-old Derryanna Davis of Columbia Heights in March.High, who was 16 at the time of the crime, admitted that he picked up a handgun and, without checking to see if it was loaded, pulled the trigger while pointing the gun at Davis.The case will be deemed an extended jurisdiction juvenile prosecution. High will receive a sentence in juvenile court along with an adult prison sentence. He will serve the prison sentence if he does not fulfill the juvenile sentence, according to the Anoka County Attorney's Office.High will not have to serve a 57-month adult prison sentence as long as he meets the requirements of the Hennepin County juvenile disposition.The Anoka County Attorney's Office charged High by juvenile delinquency petition and sought to have him certified as an adult. The certification request will be rescinded if Hennepin County approves the plea agreement and issues the disposition.

3 injured after car crashes into Bloomington house

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Authorities are investigating after a multi-vehicle injury left three injured and one vehicle lodged partly inside a nearby home in Bloomington.The Bloomington Fire Department shared images of the crash's aftermath. Multiple stations responded to the crash, which was located near the intersection of West 106th Street and Thomas Avenue.The fire department said three people had to be extricated and were taken to local hospitals. Their conditions were not immediately available.The city police department is investigating the crash. No possible cause has been released.

92-year-old man dead, 60-year-old woman critically hurt in Scott County crash

SCOTT COUNTY, Minn. – A Robbinsdale man is dead and a Belle Plaine woman is fighting for her life after a crash Thursday afternoon in Scott County.The Minnesota State Patrol says it happened at about 12:38 p.m. on Highway 282 at County Road 79, which is in Sand Creek Township.A sedan was traveling northbound on C.R. 79 when it didn't stop at a stop sign, and collided with an SUV heading westbound on the highway. The sedan, driven by 92-year-old Vernon Ferdinand Rutzen, then started on fire.Rutzen was pronounced dead at HCMC in Minneapolis. The driver of the SUV, 60-year-old Lori Lynn Borchardt, is being treated for "life threatening" injuries at North Memorial Health in Robbinsdale.The state patrol says both drivers had their seat belts on, and alcohol wasn't a factor in the crash.

Toddler killed, woman injured in Maple Grove crash

MAPLE GROVE – A toddler is dead following a crash early Thursday evening in Maple Grove.First responders were called to the 16000 block of County Road 81 at about 5:23 p.m. on a report of a two-vehicle crash.One of the vehicles contained a 2-and-a-half-year-old child and a 31-year-old woman. The child was pronounced deceased at a local hospital, while the woman was hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries.The driver of the other vehicle wasn't hurt and is cooperating with investigators.

19-year-old man dies in north Minneapolis shooting

MINNEAPOLIS — A 19-year-old man died early Saturday morning from gunshot wounds after Minneapolis police found him while responding to a ShotSpotter alert. According to the Minneapolis Police Department, officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation near the intersection of Lowry and Aldrich avenues just after midnight on Saturday. Police were soon then told that a 911 caller reported a man was down behind a home on 31st Avenue.

Ex-Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor scheduled to be released next week

MINNEAPOLIS  — The former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman who called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home is scheduled to be released from prison next week, months after his murder conviction was overturned and he was resentenced on a lesser charge.Mohamed Noor, 36, is scheduled to be released from custody Monday, 18 days shy of the fifth anniversary of the July 15, 2017, fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old dual U.S.-Australian citizen and yoga teacher who was engaged to be married.Noor was initially convicted of third-degree murder...

St. Paul man charged with assault after allegedly struggling with officer over gun

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Twin Cities man is facing assault charges after allegedly struggling with a St. Paul police officer over a gun earlier this week. Allen Oliver-Hall, 27, of St. Paul, is charged with one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in connection to the Tuesday afternoon incident, court documents filed in Ramsey County show.  According to a criminal complaint, a St. Paul police officer responded to an apartment on the 1500 block of Timberlake Road, in the city's North of Maryland neighborhood, on a report of a custody exchange. At the scene, a woman told the officer...

Ex-Cop Who Shot Woman Who Called for Help to Be Freed

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor will walk free Monday, having served less than five years for killing a woman who called 911 to report a sexual assault. Noor’s original murder conviction and 12-year sentence was overturned in court in 2019 and he was resentenced for a lesser manslaughter charge. Noor and his partner were responding to a call from Justine Ruszczyk Damond when they heard a loud bang on their car and she ran up to their car window. The 36-year-old cop claims he believed she was a threat, so he fatally shot her. “We’re very disappointed. But we’re not surprised,” Damond’s stepmother Maryan Heffernan said. “We’ve been watching events in Minneapolis from miles away and we’re still bewildered about the charge being dropped and we’re still bewildered about the culture of the Minneapolis Police Department.”

Robbinsdale man killed, woman injured in crash near Prior Lake

A 92-year-old Robbinsdale man was killed in a two-car collision on Highway 282 near Prior Lake on Thursday, June 24, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. According to the state patrol, Vernon F. Rutzen was killed in the crash, which happened around 12:38 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 282 and County Road 79 in Sand Creek Township. Rutzen was flown to Hennepin County Healthcare in Minneapolis, where he died.

One Killed, Another Seriously Injured in Crash Near Jordan

Jordan, MN (KROC-AM News)- A 92-year-old man is dead and a 60-year-old woman was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries following a two vehicle crash Thursday afternoon. The State Patrol says Vernon Rutzen of Robbinsdale was traveling north on County Rd. 79 east of Jordan when he failed to stop for a vehicle traveling west on Hwy. 282 . The two vehicles collided in the intersection.