In 90 minutes, 3 armed hijackings, 3 attempts reported in Minneapolis – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis Police are investigating a series of car hijackings and attempted hijackings in the southern city of the city on Monday night.
The first reported armed car theft occurred around 6:14 p.m. in the 1400 block of West Lake Street.
An attempted hijacking at gunpoint occurred at approximately 6:48 p.m. on the 4800 block of Upton Avenue South. The victim told police the suspects arrived and fled in an SUV.
Four minutes later, a person was hijacked at gunpoint in the 4700 block of Garfield Avenue South by four men who fled in a black SUV.
Just after 7 p.m., a driver was robbed in an attempted hijacking on the 3800 block of Pillsbury Avenue South, also by four suspects in an SUV.
At approximately 7:36 p.m., there was another attempted hijacking at gunpoint by suspects who were also in a black SUV in the 4800 block of Harriet Avenue South.
And about 12 minutes later, another driver was hijacked at gunpoint in the 1500 block of West Lake Street.
Police have yet to confirm whether they believe the crimes are related.
As of Friday night, six armed car hijackings were reported in southern Minneapolis within five hours.
Police said there was an average of 1.5 reported car hijackings per day in the city. There have been 457 carjackings so far this year. There were 401 in 2020 – a 286% increase from 2019, when only 104 were reported.
Check back for more details in this developing story.