Tyler Braunschweig, U of M student, arrested in connection with Lyndale & 24th hit-and-run
Braunschweig was arrested nearly four months after a surveillance camera caught him behind the wheel just before the hit-and-run (top left).
In late June, Matt Call, a 24-year-old musician and barista, was nearly killed when he was struck by a Jeep Grand Cherokee near the intersection of Lyndale Ave. and 24th Street. He was left with two broken legs, a fractured pelvis, and broken vertebrae.
Law enforcement had a pretty good photo of the young man behind the wheel of the Jeep (see above image), but were unable to track him down -- until this week. Today, the Minneapolis Police Department announced that Tyler Braunschweig, 19, has been arrested in connection with the hit-and-run.
[Surveillance] photographs were distributed by the MPD to the media and investigators later received two tips identifying the suspect, a student at the U of M at the time of the incident.
These tips also led to the passenger in the suspect vehicle who identified the suspect who was driving. The passenger said he told the suspect to go back to the accident but he did not do so.
Investigators then learned that the suspect's parents had a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description registered to them at a Wisconsin address and that an insurance claim had been filed in regards to an accident around the same time claiming the vehicle had hit a deer. Investigators later located the suspect vehicle after it had been sold by the insurance company.
Braunschweig has been charged with a felony count of criminal vehicular operation. As of this morning, he was in custody at the Hennepin County Jail.
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