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Old 09-11-2019, 03:33 AM
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Targeted for cell phones, robbery victims beaten in downtown Minneapolis crime spree

9/10/19



MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Minneapolis Police have broken up a loosely-organized violent downtown crime ring that focused on getting cell phones from drunk people and then beating the victims.

During a three-day sweep a couple of weeks ago, cops arrested 16 people, one as young as 13. The assailants punched, kicked and even rode over one man with a bike.

Most of these robberies and assaults happened along Hennepin, 1st, and 2nd Avenues, between 3rd and 6th Streets, and mostly after 10 p.m.

In one of the cases, a man was looking at his cell phone at 5th and Hennepin at 4 a.m. Another man started up a conversation and within seconds, the victim was surrounded by six others and brutally beaten. They left him unconscious on the sidewalk.

A few days earlier and a few blocks away, people were playing a dice game at Target Field plaza when they swiped a man's cell phone. The victim was stripped, punched and kicked in the head. He was defenseless as the suspects jumped on him, threw potted plants on him and rode over him with a bike.

"FINESSING"

Robbery is up 46% in downtown Minneapolis from last year. In a three-week period in August, there were 47 robberies, and the prize each time was a smart phone.

Bill Peterson is the new inspector downtown and told FOX 9 that the groups of males - and sometimes females - were targeting drunk people. Sometimes they asked for a cigarette, to use a phone or, in at least one case, picked the pockets of an unsuspecting downtowner.

There’s a name for the coordinated mugging.

"The groups we talk to call it, 'finessing.' They're finessing the victim, they’re trying to figure out victim's stability intoxication,” said Sgt. Darcy Klund, who leads the downtown Community Response Team.

CELLS FOR CASH

Police believe many of the phones are ending up at self-service kiosks, which people can use to trade in old phones for cash. One of the more common is called ECO ATM, and there are more than 40 kiosks in Minnesota.

People can get up to a couple hundred dollars for a newer smart phone. The machines require a photo ID, and it's matched against a surveillance photo of the seller.

The company would not provide detailed numbers, but ECO ATM's spokesperson, Chase Freeman, said out of 22 million cell phones it’s purchased nationwide in the last decade, less than one percent were stolen.
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20 Arrested, 18 Charged In Brutal Downtown Minneapolis Robberies
September 16, 2019 at 10:15 pm



MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Twenty people arrested, 18 of them now charged — all connected to brutal robberies in downtown Minneapolis.

The attacks were caught on surveillance video, taking place in August. Police say groups of people would target one person, assault them, and often to take their cellphone and wallet. The 18 suspects range in age from 15 to 27.
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A Month Later, Victim Of Brutal Minneapolis Robbery Unable To Work, Drive A Car
September 20, 2019 at 10:58 am



MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A relative of one of the victims of the brutal robberies in downtown Minneapolis this summer says her brother is still suffering from a concussion and unable to work or even drive a car.

Brendan O’Brien was out celebrating his birthday on Aug. 17 when he was attacked and robbed by a group of nine people near the intersection of 5th Street and Hennepin Avenue.

Widely-viewed surveillance video shows the robbers taking O’Brien’s phone and wallet, repeatedly punching him in the head, and leaving him unconscious on the sidewalk after a kick to the face.

“My brother now has to deal with symptoms of brain trauma that include migraines, memory loss, inability to drive, operate machinery and unrelenting anxiety,” his sister, Lily O’Brien, wrote on a GoFundMe page.
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Another Man, Darian Rosenthal, Charged In Brutal Downtown Minneapolis Robbery

September 26, 2019 at 12:35 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – More charges have come down in connection to the brutal robberies and beatings last month in downtown Minneapolis.


Earlier this month, 18 suspects in the violent robberies were charged in Hennepin County. This week, another man was charged via warrant in connection to an Aug. 3 beating outside Target Field.

Darian Rosenthal, 19
, of Newport, is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

RELATED: A Month Later, Victim Of Brutal Minneapolis Robbery Unable To Work, Drive A Car

According to a criminal complaint, Rosenthal admitted to police earlier this month that he was one of a dozen attackers who robbed and beat a man in broad daylight near the Twins ballpark.

He identified himself from stills of security video, which shows the attackers stealing a man’s phone, punching him, jumping on him, and even riding a bicycle over him.

The robbery was part of a surge of violent robberies downtown last month. Minneapolis responded with an increase in officers, which led to the arrests of 20 people.
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