It's been a rough couple of weeks for 20-year-old Brooklyn Park resident Mario Zacate.SEE ALSO: Man arrested for drunkenly hitting on Lakeville Taco Bell drive-thru employee Less than two weeks after he was arrested naked in the bathtub in connection with a car theft, Zacate was shot in the chest by ... More >>
If you're on the hunt to heist guns, how would you figure out which homes to target?SEE ALSO: Alleged Young 'n Thuggin' clique leader gets seven years on drug chargeAccording to the logic allegedly employed by the Loud Pack north Minneapolis street gang, the answer is to look for the ones with Ameri ... More >>
After a nearly two-month-long trial, three members of the highly organized, Minneapolis-born Native Mob gang were found guilty in federal court Tuesday of a combined 16 counts, including racketeering and attempted murder. The guilty verdicts mark a victory for prosecutors in a criminal investigatio ... More >>
Just over a week after news broke that the Chicago-based Gangster Disciples have hits out on all Twin Cities cops, an alleged member of the Bloods faces a terroristic threats charge for his new tattoo.SEE ALSO: Forest Lake school bans Taylor Gang shirts because 'name is code word for marijuana use' ... More >>
In what reads like a declaration of war against the Native Mob, several Duluth buildings -- including a church shed -- were tagged with gang signs this weekend, most prominently the symbol of the Gangster Disciples. Among the tags: "War on Native Mob," "Shoot 2 Kill," and "Gangster Diciple [sic] H ... More >>
See Also: Native Mob takedown: a closer look at the charges Native Mob federal case: Eight more plead to lesser charges Jeremee Kraskey was going to talk to the feds. He had already given them information. That, at least, was the belief of his fellow Native Mob gang members on February 26, 2011 ... More >>
A few months ago, we reported on the federally orchestrated, statewide takedown of the Native Mob that shuttered Minnesota prisons for an entire day.Following the initial arrests, the feds unsealed an indictment naming 24 alleged members of the violent, Minnesota-born gang, with charges including ra ... More >>
Eric Bower is one of 24 suspected Native Mob members named in a recently unsealed indictment.Authorities are still trying to round up one suspected Native Mob member in a federal, multi-jurisdictional crackdown on the Minnesota-based gang, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office. Last night, ... More >>
For more on the Native Mob, read our November 9 cover story, "The Banishing."All Minnesota prisons were shut down from 4 a.m Tuesday to 5 a.m. yesterday morning as part of a federally orchestrated, multi-jurisdictional takedown on members of the Native Mob gang. In total, 24 suspected Nativ ... More >>
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Jawon Osburn has been named as the 16-year-old victim of a gunshot homicide that happened Monday night.Osburn, identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, was found shot on the 2900 block of Dupont Avenue, and declared dead on the scene after paramedics were unable to resuscitate him. Osb ... More >>
Matt Bostrom will officially axe GangNet August 15.Score one against Big Brother. Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom sent a letter to police chiefs yesterday announcing that he is axing GangNet, a controversial database that catalogs information on suspected gang affiliates. The idea behind th ... More >>
helpguadalupe.comGuadalupe Galeno Hernandez, before the shooting that left her hospitalized for months, and paralyzed.Eighteen-year-old Marlon Lozano-Montano, the guy accused in January of being the triggerman in a screwed up drive-by that left a 12-year-old girl paralyzed, is going to spend ... More >>
MPRYuen's three-part series details the struggles of Somali immigrants in the Twin Cities.Minnesota Public Radio just picked up a prestigious award for its in-depth coverage on the Somali community in Minneapolis. The Society of Professional Journalists announced yesterday that MPR's three-p ... More >>
Ishmael Rashad Moore and Dashaunta D Mar Gomez, both 17, have been charged in the shooting death of 18-year-old Keontrell Govan. Police found Govan with a bullet in his head last Wednesday afternoon in the alley behind the Church of St. Bridget in North Minneapolis. Medics rushed him to Nort ... More >>
Tomika Swoope was walking back to her home on Columbus Avenue on Monday night from a nearby bus stop when the shots rang out. Swoope took a bullet to the head above her left eye, collapsed, and was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center along with a cousin who was also wounded in the shooting ... More >>
Anthony Titus was 16 years old when he was gunned down in an alley near Fremont Avenue N. last Fourth of July, the city's 26th homicide of the year. Minneapolis police say he and his friends were "mean mugged" by some gang-bangers in an SUV because one of the guys hanging out with Titus was ... More >>
Ahmednur Ali was shot and killed at the Brian Coyle Center in Sept. 2008A drive-by shooting outside Brian Coyle Community Center last night left two Somali men wounded and rekindled fears about gang violence. Neither the victims nor the suspects have been named by police. One of the injured ... More >>
Casey Michele Waletrs faces two felony counts.Casey Walters, the woman accused of driving the car carrying a gunman who shot 12-year-old Guadalupe Galeno-Hernandez, has a Sureno 13 gang tattoo on her neck. She dates a Sureno 13 gangbanger. And the shooting took place as a result of gang confl ... More >>
Ryan Eugene LoydAnthony Titus had just turned 16 years old when he was shot dead on the night of the Fourth of July in a backyard on the 2900 block of Fremont Avenue North. Family and friends said they were sure the boy wasn't in a gang, and that the shooting wasn't gang-related. As Minneapol ... More >>
Another North Minneapolis school may be in trouble.There may be more bad news for students in North Minneapolis: The Strib is reporting that The City Inc. might be closing, along with its alternative school, as early as today. That could mean another kick in the gut for a neighborhood that's ... More >>
Photo: Thirteen of ClubsPowderhorn Park: A neighborhood meeting and a peace vigil are planned. People of good will have worked hard to make Powderhorn Park a safe oasis for families and a hub for the arts and recreation, but it seems like there's always someone ready to try and drag the neigh ... More >>
Does Jack Nordy really know his gang bangers?A courtroom watchdog group has filed a complaint against Hennepin County Judge Jack Nordby for saying the red clipboards they use in court are intimidating. You know, kind of like gang colors. That comment--and several others that the judge made about ... More >>
Alonzo Demetrius McCoyNineteen-year-old Alonzo Demetrius McCoy has been indicted by a Hennepin County grand jury for his alleged role in the Feb. 26 murder of 17-year-old Alisha Neeley. Police say she took a bullet in the neck outside a house party on North Humbolt Avenue during an act of ga ... More >>
Anthony Titus was hanging out in the alley behind a home on Fremont Avenue N. on the night of the Fourth of July when he was shot dead. His mother and friends told reporters that they were sure the boy wasn't in a gang, just a kid caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Today, Minneapoli ... More >>
Derrick Martin's murder on the trails of Lake Calhoun marked the 20th homicide in Minneapolis this year. That brings our 2010 total above all of 2009 with seven months remaining in the year. So what could be causing the gun battles on our streets? Mayor RT Rybak blames you and your love of mari ... More >>
Think gangs won't invade your perfect outer ring suburb because they're too busy causing problems in the scary urban hellholes of the state? Wrong. Your ideal shelter from that out-of-control mayhem in the cities will soon come crumbling apart too.
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Last month, the Economist weighed in on the growing crime problems of mid-sized American cities such as Minneapolis. One of the questions raised in the story: Why are crime fighting strategies that worked wel ... More >>
KSTP's report earlier today that someone was shot in South Minneapolis over graffiti had every TV news outlet in town scampering to cover the story. And, yeah, we were there, too, but only because KSTP's hovering helicopter made it impossible to work.
St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly's budget speech yesterday garnered front-page headlines because he proposed raising property taxes for the first time in a dozen years. If the Mayor gets his way, the three-percent bump in the levy will primarily be used to hire 25 additional cops next year. But neither ... More >>