Robbed man fights back then leads police to arrest

Also, two separate incidents occurred within two hours at the Library Bar.

by Kevin Behr

.Police arrested a 15-year-old boy following a robbery that took place on 27th Avenue Southeast in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on Sunday, according to a police report.

Jeremy Reimer said he was waiting for a bus around 10:30 p.m. when three teenage boys in hooded coats approached him. He said one of them pulled out a gun and said, “Give me your shit.”

Reimer said he gave the boy his iPod and about $40, but the suspect continued to pester him.

“I decided, ‘I’m gonna fight back,’ ” he said.

Reimer said he dragged the boy with the gun into the street, pulled a “hockey maneuver” by pulling the boy’s shirt over his head and punched him in the face. Reimer said the boy wriggled out of his clothes and another boy pistol-whipped Reimer from behind.

“So there were at least two guns,” he said.

Many people witnessed the scuffle but left Reimer to his own defenses as he tried to flag down passing cars, he said.

“No one bothered to stop and help,” Reimer said.

The boys ran off and Reimer called the police, giving them descriptions of the assailants and the direction they ran.

Reimer said the police went straight to a house a few blocks away near Franklin Avenue East and found a shirtless 15-year-old who Reimer identified as the one who robbed him.

Police arrested the boy and booked him at the Juvenile Detention Center, Minneapolis Police Lt. Amelia Huffman said. She said he was charged for felony aggravated robbery as a juvenile.

Police later obtained a search warrant for the house and found enough evidence inside to solve 60 to 70 percent of the crimes happening near the house, Reimer said.

He said he moved into the neighborhood a few years ago after attending the University for two years and said it was a shame to see the crime rate rise near his home.

“I’m pretty pissed off about the whole situation,” Reimer said. “People need to be suspicious if it’s after dark.”

Bar swindled, men fight

In a span of two and a half hours, police responded to two incidents at the Library Bar in Dinkytown on Friday night and early Saturday morning.

The first incident happened just before midnight when a man purchased three drinks from three different bartenders with three counterfeit $100 bills, according to a police report.

After the third instance, the bartender noticed the bill was counterfeit and called police.

The three bartenders and a manager identified the man for police and he was arrested and booked at Hennepin County Jail for felony forgery, police said.

While tending to the forgery case, officers were alerted to an assault in the bar.

An argument flared up into violence between two men at about 2 a.m. Saturday, Huffman said.

She said one of the men broke a glass beer bottle and attacked the victim with it. The victim suffered lacerations on his forehead, Huffman said.

She said officers arrested the attacker for assault with a dangerous weapon and booked him at Hennepin County Jail.

The man has since been released on $40,000 bond and will appear in court on May 7, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s jail roster.