Skip to main content

Robbers use stun gun, revolver to target cyclists on Midtown Greenway

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Cyclists on a popular bikeway through Minneapolis are being targeted after three late-night robberies in just four days.

The Star Tribune reports that robbers have threatened bikers with a stun gun, a revolver and a knife in incidents on the Midtown Greenway between Chicago and Cedar avenues on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday night.

The offenders stole backpacks, cellphones and money from their victims, the newspaper notes, and are believed to be using the 18th Avenue ramp to access the greenway.

The issue has been highlighted on the Facebook page of the Midtown Greenway Coalition – a group that organizes unarmed safety patrols along the bikeway.

It says the robberies were carried out by groups of two to three young men, who push over bikers riding alone before stealing their possessions. All the incidents have happened at around 11 p.m.

The group said it has alerted its watch volunteers and is hoping to increase patrols along the greenway. The group also told the Star Tribune that bicyclists who spot groups of people under bridges shouldn't "power through them," but should turn around and call 911.

Anyone with information about the robberies should call Minneapolis police Sgt. Ker Yang at 612-673-3856.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-01-28 at 9.04.12 AM

Suspect arrested after falling asleep in vehicle at rest stop

The man was sleeping in a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of an I-94 rest area.

DOminos pizza flickr mr blue maumau

Charges: Edina man threatened to shoot up Domino's Pizza

He claimed a delivery driver had flipped him off, the charges say.

carvana vending machine

Carvana seeking to build vehicle vending machine in Twin Cities

The online car dealership submitted a letter of intent to buy land in the metro to build a fulfillment center.

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah

Coller: New Vikings GM Adofo-Mensah needs to be ruthless

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah needs to make some big, difficult decisions, writes Matthew Coller.

Patrick Graham

Report: Vikings to interview Giants' Patrick Graham for head coach

Graham coached with the Patriots under Bill Belichick for six years.

floor and decor screengrab

Home brand plans 'flagship' store in Maple Grove AMC Theater space

This will be the company's first Minnesota location.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 28

The state is still in the process of catching up with 10,000 yet-to-be processed tests.

Bryan Acuna

Twins sign 16-year-old brother of Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr.

Bryan Acuna is one of the top international prospects, according to

Christopher Endicott

Authorities: Former principal who died in MN jail took his own life

He was found unresponsive in the jail last November.


Sheriff: 2 injured, drunk driver arrested after head-on crash

The allegedly drunk driver wasn't injured in the crash.