Joe Gustafson

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    How Minnesota became the second-highest state for mortgage fraud -- or not

    This north Minneapolis house was one of the properties featured in a 2006 fraud scam.​Minnesota is either the second-best or second-worst place to hatch your mortgage fraud scam.The Mortgage Fraud Index came out yesterday morning and ranked Minnesota second-highest in the country for incidence of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Joe Gustafson Sr., charged with seven felonies, is on the lam

    Hennepin County mugshotHave you seen this man? Big Joe is on the lam​Joseph "Big Joe" Gustafson, a former Hell's Angel-turned bail bondsman who terrorized north Minneapolis for years, has been charged with seven felonies -- and he's on the run. Authorities aren't saying whether they know where Gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    City Pages nominated for 23 SPJ Page One Awards

    Erin Carlyle's cover story on Joe Gustafson is nominated for Story of the Year.​The Page One Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists honor the best in journalism from across Minnesota, and we're proud to say that we've been nominated for 23 awards in this year's contest. The 23 no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Little Joe Gustafson charged with 14 counts, racketeering

    Little Joe Gustafson, leader of the Beat Down Posse, was booked into jail this morning​Joseph Duane "Little Joe" Gustafson, a North Minneapolis man who terrorized his neighborhood for years, is being charged today with 14 felony counts: racketeering, assault, making terroristic threats, kidnap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Joe Gustafson Jr. faces charges of mortgage fraud

    Little Joe Gustafson sold his house to himself.​Little Joe Gustafson, scion of a Northside bail bondsman and notorious former Hell's Angel, is in an increasingly tight spot with the law. Now prosecutors say he committed mortgage fraud.

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Joe Gustafson Jr. and his Beat Down Posse charged

    Joe Gustafson Jr. is up on felony charges.​Joe Gustafson Jr. and members of his Beat Down Posse have been arrested on felony warrants for viciously beating multiple victims, including one left in a pool of blood in a bathtub. The warrants for Gustafson, 35, and pals Robert Allen Engles, 33, a ... More >>

  • News

    February 17, 2010

    Joe Gustafson lives above the law in north Minneapolis

    Former Hell's Angel is about to get taken down

  • Books

    November 15, 2000

    Man of Steel

    Residents can't believe the bail bondsman down the block in the quiet Victory neighborhood has the right to wrap his house with bullet-blocking sheet metal