Car crashes into stadium site

Andy Steinke

.Cars may not have wings, but one Minneapolis man’s car spent some time in the air early Friday.

Robert Ascher, 24, was drinking at The Dinkytowner Cafe on Friday morning, but ended his night in Hennepin County Jail.

Ascher left the bar headed the wrong way down Fourth Street Southeast, a one-way street, and crashed his car into the fence surrounding the TCF Bank Stadium site, University Police Deputy Chief Steve Johnson said.

Ascher was unable to make the turn from Fourth onto Oak Street Southeast because he was driving too fast.

Johnson said Ascher locked the wheels and leveled a light pole before going airborne and clipping the top of the fence that circles the stadium site.

The car didn’t appear to have rolled over, instead landing upright inside the fenced-in area, Johnson said.

Ascher told police he had four beers, but registered a 0.18 percent blood alcohol content, more than double the legal limit, when he was booked at the jail.

He has a Feb. 22 court appearance.

Aggravated robbery near West BankÖ

A Minneapolis man was hit in the face and robbed outside his apartment building around midnight Saturday.

Ilyas Asser, 26, who lives on Sixth Street near the West Bank, told police someone he knew approached him outside the building and demanded his money.

After Asser refused to give him the money, the man hit him with a bottle and forcibly took the $3,000 Asser was carrying.

Asser’s nose was broken during the attack, but he didn’t seek immediate medical help.

Minneapolis police Sgt. Bill Palmer said he wasn’t certain why Asser was carrying the money.

Sunday night, Asser saw the man, later identified by police as Guled Ahmed, 21, drinking at Palmer’s Bar on Cedar Avenue and called Minneapolis police.

Ahmed was arrested in connection with the aggravated robbery. He has an outstanding Hennepin County warrant for trespassing.

He was taken to the Hennepin County Jail and is still in custody after being charged with aggravated robbery.

Ahmed’s bail has been set at $75,000 and a court appearance is scheduled for today.

…and in Marcy-Holmes

Two people were robbed in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood early Feb. 5 while walking near Fifth Street Southeast and 13th Avenue Southeast.

Maxwell Kubala and Kaitlyn Winter were confronted by two suspects, one with a gun and the other with an expandable baton, around 2:35 a.m., according to a Minneapolis police report.

Palmer, of the Minneapolis Police Department, said the attackers took a wallet and a purse containing cash, a camera, keys and an iPod. They then took off on foot with two other lookouts, according to the report.

Palmer said police have two suspects in the case: one mixed-race male and one white male, both 18 to 23 years old.

Change for a $20?

A $100 bill went missing from a Dinkytown business after a man came inside to ask for change Wednesday night.

Hair by Stewart’s reported the money missing after an unknown 30- to 35-year-old black male asked a worker, Tabitha Reger, to break a $20 bill.

The man asked Reger if she could cash his bill for $2 in quarters. Reger gave him the change along with the remaining cash, according to the police report.

He then asked her to break a dollar into quarters. Then he asked for a dollar in dimes.

He borrowed a pen and left the salon. After he left, Reger noticed the $100 bill was missing from the cash register drawer, and reported that it had been there before she broke the man’s $20 bill.

According to the report, the man was standing next to the open drawer and may have taken the cash.