Violent Uptown muggings continue

Uptown doesn't usually register as a particularly dangerous stretch of the Twin Cities, which makes this rash of violent muggings even stranger.

Since Sunday, Minneapolis police have received three reports of a brutal robberies, all occurring within a few blocks of Lake Street between Hennepin and Lyndale avenues south.

The worst case occurred early Sunday morning, says Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer.

Twenty-five-year-old Jay Ness was walking home from a party with a friend. They were on 28th Street West between Emerson and Fremont avenues south when four people jumped them. Ness offered the muggers his money, according to the Star Tribune, but the blows kept coming.

"They may have used brass knuckles," says Palmer. "We're not positive of that. That one was fairly severe."

Two similar muggings have occurred in that area since, which Palmer says is unusual for that area. Given the similarities in the reports, police believe there's a connection. Each mugging has taken place between 11:00 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. The suspects are described as a group of three of four people in black hooded sweatshirts, possibly American Indian or Hispanic.

If you're going to be in Uptown anytime soon, police recommend taking extra precautions.

"I think people need to be self aware of what's going on, certainly not isolate themselves," says Palmer. "Avoid being heavily intoxicated. That certainly makes you an easier target."

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