With the Twin Cities still under heavy law enforcement presence following the killing of George Floyd and ensuing protests and riots, there continue to be reports of unsettling sightings including people in flak jackets with assault rifles and members of a whites-only biker gang.
Because of that, FBI Minneapolis is urging anyone to continue reporting any criminal activity or suspicious behavior.
"If they see something that they think is a violent act or illegal or suspicious, feel free to give us a call at the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI," said Kevin Smith, public affairs officer of FBI Minneapolis. "If you happen to be lucky enough to have video or still pictures – don't get in harms way – please send them to us."
Video and photo tips can be submitted to the FBI through this link.
There have been numerous sightings in the metro area of armed men wearing flak jackets who don't appear to be associated with any type of law enforcement or the National Guard.
It comes as some residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul have taken it up themselves to patrol their neighborhoods amid concern about suspicious vehicles and individuals that are still appearing around the cities a week after the worst of the unrest.
One of these residents live streamed video as he patrolled the Jordan neighborhood on Wednesday evening and came across three men carrying firearms and wearing body armor.
The resident checked one of the men's ID and found it was from New York state, but he also found a vehicle displaying Colorado plates. The resident says in the video that "he doesn't trust them" and the video sparked concern among local residents.
Members of a whites-only biker gang have also been spotted in Minneapolis. Again, there is no evidence that the bikers committed any crimes, despite alarming some people.
"We investigate criminal behavior. We've seen people from out of town, from in town coming to look at things," said Smith.
On May 31, MPR News interviewed a man who spotted a red pickup with a symbol from from the far-right militia group Three Percenters on the back window. The man then said he saw an assault rifle in the truck, along with a man loading a handgun and placing it in his waistband.
Those are among the many alarming sights that state authorities are investigating.
"State and federal partners continue to follow leads and investigate individuals and organizations who intend to harm people and destroy property in our communities," the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) said in a statement to Bring Me The News.
"We are unable to provide details due to the ongoing and active investigative work by these agencies."
Minnesotans who see criminal activity or violations of curfew (10 p.m. to 4 a.m. in Minneapolis and St. Paul) are urged to 911. You should also call 911 if you see vehicles without license plates or vehicles with visible real or makeshift weapons.
For criminal activity in Minneapolis that doesn't require immediate response, you should contact Minneapolis Police Department's non-emergency line at 612-692-8477, or text "MPD" and your tip to 847411.
Anyone who has a tip about George Floyd's death, or anyone who has information about people doing any of the below activities, should call the FBI at 1-800-225-5324 or the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at 651-793-7000.
- Amassing of fireworks, liquor bottles or other incendiary device tools
- Planning or planned attacks or criminal activities
- Plans occurring on social media to target a specific area or building