6 people arrested following incident with Minneapolis PedalPub


Six people have been arrested after apparently using water balloons to target a group of people riding on a PedalPub through downtown Minneapolis Saturday.

The group was carrying water balloons and squirt guns, PedalPub manager Lisa Stanplin told KSTP. No one was injured.

The incident happened on 1st Avenue near 4th Street in downtown Minneapolis around 6:30 p.m., according to the Minneapolis Police Department's public information report.

Six people – ranging in age from 24 to 42 – were arrested on various charges ranging from making terroristic threats, a felony, to misdemeanors of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct, the report says.

The individuals were booked into Hennepin County Jail Saturday night and were released a few hours later after posting bail, according to the Hennepin County Jail Roster. They haven't been officially charged, but are expected to appear in court the morning of June 4, the jail roster notes.

KSTP says the water attack was planned ahead of time on Facebook, with the participants meeting at Loring Park for a "bicycle raid on the pedal pub with squirt guns and a ton of water balloons."

Video posted to YouTube claims to show the incident, but Scott Seroka with the Minneapolis Police Department's Office of Public Information could not confirm it is of Saturday's incident.

There is at least one Facebook group that voices its hatred for the PedalPub. It responded to this incident with a post saying in part: "I have received a few messages that some people have pursued pedal pubs today with squirt guns and water balloons. Wrong idea guys. Although getting wet is mostly harmless, it is still considered assault."

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