Police ask for help finding motorist who's throwing concrete at bicyclists


Minneapolis police are looking for a motorist who has been throwing concrete chunks at bicyclists in recent weeks – at least five incidents have been reported since July 20, police said in a news release.

"Each of these victims were approached by the suspect ... in an erratic manner before he threw cement chunks at the victims," police said.

Three people on bicycles were seriously injured, police say, including Mackenzie Jensen (pictured above), who was on his way to work when he was hit in the face with a a chunk of concrete. He suffered multiple facial fractures and is expected to undergo his second surgery Thursday, a GoFundMe Page notes.

A fourth person suffered minor injuries, while another person, who was in a car, wasn't injured, police note.

Police say the description of the suspect vehicle in all these cases is similar – an older model white Ford, possibly a Bronco, that has a rear window missing, with either cardboard or wood covering the opening.

The suspect is described as a tanned white male, possibly Hispanic, approximately 20-28 years old, who may work construction – one of the victims noted a yellow vest, police said.

The reported incidents:

  • July 20 at 6 p.m.: A bicyclist was seriously injured at 22nd Avenue and Seconnd Street Northeast
  • Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m.: A bicyclist was seriously injured at West River Parkway and Lake Street
  • Aug. 7 at 4:01 p.m.: A motorist was not injured on the 2500 block of 11th Avenue South
  • Aug. 7 at 4:20 p.m.: A bicyclist suffered minor injuries at 41st Street and Bryant Avenue South
  • Aug. 7 at 4:20 p.m.: A bicyclist suffered serious injures at 41st Street and Aldrich Avenue South

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) and begin message with: TIP674. Or call the MPD tip line at 612-692-TIPS (8477). 

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