Minneapolis police believe same two suspects behind 13 recent south side armed robberies

Minneapolis police, already grappling with a string of mob beatings downtown, now apparently have another scary crime spree on their hands.

Investigators believe the same two semi-automatic-handgun-brandishing men are responsible for 13 South Side armed robberies since March 21.

All but two of the incidents have occurred in an area bounded by Franklin Avenue on the north, Lake Street on the south, 15th Avenue on the east, and Portland Avenue on the west. One incident occurred in Uptown near 31st and Harriet, with another taking place a handful of blocks away at 23rd and Colfax.

According to KARE 11, in each case the suspects are a pair of black males, believed to be between the ages of 18 and 25. They've typically struck between 8:45 and 10:30 p.m. In some cases, they've driven off in a dark Dodge Stratus; in others, a tan "Ford Taurus-type" vehicle.

Unlike the downtown beat-down mobs, the south Minneapolis armed robbers are actually out to steal from their victims. The robbers have been taking whatever valuables their victims happen to have on them, including laptops and wallets.

If you have any information, police ask you to call 612-673-3702.

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