Police arrest excited ex for trespassing

by Elizabeth Cook

A University student’s ex-boyfriend went to jail after being accused of attempting to fight with police officers.

On Tuesday night officers responded to a report f several men fighting at Comstock Hall.

When police arrived, they saw about 10 people gathered around a man and woman screaming at each other in a stairwell.

According to the report, officers ordered the group to the lobby, but the man refused to move and began yelling at officers.

Police have been called before because of the ex-boyfriend trespassing, said Steve Johnson, deputy police chief for the University.

According to the report, the ex-boyfriend took a fighting stance against officers by making fists and bowing out his chest. When officers grabbed him by the arm, he jerked away and continued screaming. Officers took him to the ground.

Officers booked him at Hennepin County Jail for disorderly conduct, obstructing legal process and trespassing.

Johnson said people always should call police any time their safety is threatened.

Melissa Schmidt, the legal advocacy and direct services coordinator for the Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education, said people still come around even after legal action.

The center offers advice for anyone dealing with relationship violence and can write restraining orders for Hennepin and Ramsey counties.


According to a police report, a burglary was attempted Tuesday on Eighth Street Southeast.

The 60-year-old victim said he woke up at about 5:30 a.m. to a man wearing gloves and dark clothing was standing in his doorway. He appeared to be looking for a light switch on the wall.

When the man confronted the intruder, he fled the residence.

There was no loss reported, and the victim said he thinks he left the door unlocked.

Robin Garwood, counsel aide to 2nd Ward City Council member Cam Gordon, said crime was up in southeast Minneapolis for 2005.

Garwood said they are trying to increase community policing, which means police interacting more with the community.

While this incident didn’t involve a student, one thing that’s surprising, Garwood said, is a lot of the victims of the crimes have been students, while many in the community originally thought they were the cause.

Cut with a knife

An 18-year-old man reported being assaulted with a knife near the superblock.

Police were flagged down by residence hall staff who said there was a drunken man with a cut hand running outside Pioneer Hall.

When police asked what happened, the man said he was across the street from Centennial Hall, near the parking ramp, when he was approached by another man who pulled out a butterfly knife. When the knifeman went to stab, the victim blocked it with his hand and got a cut on his pinkie.

Johnson said the man was taken to the University Medical Center, Fairview, emergency room.

There were no losses reported and there are no suspects.

The report was made around 2 a.m. Feb. 11, but because of some revising and investigation, it was not made public, Johnson said.