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UMN Summer Crime Recap: Violent crime down in Marcy-Holmes

Violent crime also rose in Cedar-Riverside compared to a dip in summer 2018.
Morgan La Casse

Although Cedar-Riverside’s violent crime summer totals remain patterned from year to year, property crime rose this summer. 

Other crime trends in University of Minnesota neighborhoods include a slight decrease in violent crime over the summer in Marcy-Holmes.   

Marcy-Holmes crime trends

Since the beginning of September, three violent crimes, including a rape and two aggravated assaults, have been reported in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. Eleven total violent crimes were reported in August, four of which were aggravated assaults and three of which were rapes, according to Minneapolis Police Department crime statistics. This marks a slight downward trend in violent crime in the neighborhood compared to the 14 instances that were recorded in July.  

Cedar-Riverside crime trends

In Cedar-Riverside, violent crime reports in 2019 rose to 43 instances over the summer after a slight dip in 2018. In 2018, the neighborhood experienced a 42% decrease in violent crimes over the summer, or May to August, compared to the same timeframe in 2017. 

From May to August, larcenies, thefts and auto thefts also increased in Cedar-Riverside compared to 2018. These crimes rose from 100 incidents to 142, according to MPD data.  

Notable Incidents

On Sept. 1 at 1:38 a.m., an MPD officer intervened in an altercation at the East Bank light rail station. During a routine patrol, the officer caught sight of two men shouting and pushing one another on the corner of Washington Avenue Southeast and Harvard Street Southeast. The men then moved away from the platform but continued the confrontation. After the officer issued a warning for one of the men to get on the ground or otherwise be tasered, he began to sprint away. 

The officer and one of the men engaged in a chase until he ran into a dead end near the University Medical Center parking ramp and the Hub Minneapolis apartment complex. From there, the officer raised the taser and issued instructions for the man to get on the ground. The suspect eventually complied and received a misdemeanor for fleeing from the police on foot, according to information supplied by the University of Minnesota Police Department. 

On Aug. 31 at 6:53 a.m., after responding to a disturbance on the 500 block of Harvard Street Southeast, UMPD officers located an involved party a few blocks away and booked them for possession of a handgun without a permit. 

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