Mpls 2012 violent crime stats: Day after they make news, another murder is reported

Violent crime was up this year after hitting a 30-year low in 2011.
Violent crime was up this year after hitting a 30-year low in 2011.

Yesterday, the preliminary 2012 violent crime stats for Minneapolis were reported far and wide and everywhere in between.

-- Downtown Mpls: Robberies first half of 2012 have more than doubled compared to last year
-- Mpls mob beatings: Couple describes 7th and Marquette attack, first of two there that night
-- Minneapolis: Violent crime continues to decrease in 2011

There's just one problem -- the year isn't over yet. And the risk of discussing the yearly crime stats before the calendar turns was tragically illustrated this morning as the year's 39th murder was reported in North Minneapolis.

First, from the Minneapolis Police Department, here's some information about the latest murder in the city:

December 27, 2012 (MINNEAPOLIS) Early this morning at 3:40 a.m. patrol officers from the city's Fourth Precinct were dispatched to a house in the 2300 block of Queen Avenue North on a medical call after paramedics and fire personnel arrived and found a deceased adult female victim.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim was stabbed. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner will release the victim's identity and exact cause of death after their investigation is complete.

At this time there are no suspects in custody. The case has been assigned to Sergeant Luis Porras and Sergeant Ann Kjos of the Minneapolis Police Department's Homicide Unit. They are asking if anybody has any information to call them at 673-2941 or the department's Tip Line at 612-692-TIPS (8477). The case number for this incident is 12-393839.

And from the Star Tribune, here's some information about the preliminary 2012 Minneapolis violent crime numbers, which indicate violent crime was up 7.6 percent for the year. These numbers, of course, don't include the murder reported this morning:

All categories of violent crimes are up so far this year, according to city statistics. Rape has increased the most. As of Dec. 17, it was up 12.5 percent, from 368 last year to 414. Robberies are up about 10 percent, growing to 1,686; a year ago there were 1,532 robberies. That's a 12 percent increase compared to two years ago when there were 1,503 robberies. Homicides increased by more than 8 percent compared to last year.

Minneapolis officials blame the uptick from 2011's historically low violent crime numbers in part on an unusually mild spring that led to more people being out and about downtown than usual, including some youngsters who got in the unfortunate habit of mob beating random people.

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