Edward Curtis shoots would-be Uptown attackers

Two thugs picked the wrong target in Edward Curtiss.
Two thugs picked the wrong target in Edward Curtiss.

The two thugs who tried mugging Edward Curtis in Uptown picked the wrong the target. The 61-year-old former Marine was armed.

Curtiss had just parked his car on Pillsbury Avenue near 25th Street and was on foot when the two guys appeared out of nowhere and, mistaking him for an easy mark, tackled the guy.

Bad call. Curtiss was able to pull out his pistol and get off three shots as they fought, scaring the would-be attackers into turning tail and running away.

"He had just parked his car in the parking lot," MPD Lt. Mike Fossum told the Star Tribune. "These guys blitzed him. They just started kicking his ass. He managed to get off three rounds."

Police say the two suspects, who struck Tuesday night, match the description of a couple of guys thought to be responsible for a rash of recent muggings and beatings in Uptown.

This isn't a part of the city that usually sees this kind of crime, and Minneapolis police have sent out neighborhood alerts, advising residents and visitors alike to keep their eyes open.

MPD spokesman Sgt. William Palmer told us yesterday that the muggings tend to take place between 11 p.m. and 1: 30 a.m., and the suspects are thought to be American Indian or Hispanic in appearance, dressed in black hooded sweatshirts.

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