Group of ’10-12 Somali Teens’ Allegedly Chased Light Rail Patrons With Hammers


Minnesota Crime Watch and Information reported for Alpha News Monday that an alleged mob of Somali teens were chasing Light Rail patrons with hammers at the East Bank station Friday night.

Alpha News notes that a post from the Minneapolis Scanner Facebook page reported Friday night at 9:49 p.m. that the University of Minnesota Police Department, Metro Transit Police, and the Minneapolis Police Department were “responding to multiple calls of [a] group of 10-12 Somali teen males armed with hammers chasing people.”

“Several injuries reported,” the Minneapolis Scanner page, which posts summaries of police scanner audio, reported.

The Second Precinct Minneapolis Crime Watch and Information Facebook page posted a similar report just minutes earlier.

“UMPD requesting assist from MPD and Metro Transit police at the East Bank LRT station for a group of 8-10 males chasing people with hammers. Some people have been injured,” the page reported.

Minnesota Crime Watch and Information obtained police dispatch audio from Friday evening confirming the incident did occur.

“The U of M PD is asking for assistance from Metro Transit and Minneapolis for a group of 8-10 males at the East Bank Light Rail station chasing people around with hammers. They do have some people injured,” the audio clip confirms.

Just two days earlier, two University of Minnesota students were injured at the same exact Light Rail station in an attempted robbery and assault, KARE 11 reported.

The victims, both male, claimed they were verbally harassed by two men who approached them and demanded their wallets. They refused, and the suspects then assaulted them before fleeing the scene. According to KARE 11, the two victims were transported to a nearby hospital and police are still looking for the suspects.

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News, The Ohio Star, and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].






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