18 charged in connection with group robberies in downtown Minneapolis

One of the robberies, outside Target Field, went viral.
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Authorities have charged 18 people in connection with a spree of group robberies that has sparked questions over policing levels in downtown Minneapolis.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced charges against defendants ranging in age from 15 to 27, in connection with two robberies in August – with four of them aged 15.

Per the Star Tribune, city police have said that groups have been focusing on people who were either alone, distracted or drunk.

One of the incidents that resulted in charges on Monday was caught on surveillance video outside Target Field, and has since gone viral.

It happened on Aug. 3, when about a dozen people beat and kicked a man as they tried to mug him of his cellphone, even taking his shoes and pants off of him as they rifled through his pockets.

As the victim lay on the ground, the group jumped on him, hit him with planting pots, and ran him over with a bicycle.

You can see the footage of the Aug. 3 incident here (extreme content warning).

As the Hennepin County Attorney's Office notes, police spent weeks identifying those involved, and by the last week of August had "questioned, and in many cases, received partial confessions from the defendants."

One of the men allegedly involved, Adrian Cooper, 25, of Brooklyn Center, was also involved in the second incident that resulted in charges, which happened on Aug. 17 near the light rail station at 5th Street and Hennepin Avenue.

The victim in this instance told police he left his friends at a downtown bar, and was standing on a corner using his phone when the group surrounded him and tried to take his wallet.

He was kicked and punched into unconsciousness, suffering a concussion in the process.

The suspects stole his iPhone, wallet, keys and $100 in cash. The 10 suspects involved were identified from surveillance footage.

While the 15-year-olds involved haven't been named for legal reasons, those who have been charged other than the aforementioned Cooper include: Antonio Morrow, 21, Kareem Shavers, 27, Ade Davis, 20, Cornell Porter, 22, Vincent Nelson, 24, Romez Brewer, 17, Dashawn Sanders, 17, Alexis Dillard-Grayer, 25, Jamar Robinson, 20, and Boris Lusmbo, 20. 

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