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

Author:
Updated:
Original:

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

Jorge Polanco

Shoemaker, Twins lineup rebounds against Tigers

Jorge Polanco homered in a 7-3 victory over Detroit.

Kirill Kaprizov / Minnesota Wild

Watch: Kaprizov's OT winner lifts Wild into 2nd place in West

Kaprizov's goal gave the Wild a 3-2 victory over the Ducks.

Byron Buxton

Buxton placed on IL, Trevor Larnach called up

Buxton could be out "for weeks" with a hip strain.

A bald eagle perched on branches.

USFWS confirms 2 bald eagles were shot dead

The agency is offering a reward for information in the case.

A newborn baby, wrapped in a blanket with its mother.

Most popular baby names includes one not in top 10 for 100 years

But Olivia and Liam once again led the way for girls and boys.

Minnesota Lottery

Names of big Minnesota Lottery winners to be kept private thanks to new law

The Minnesota Legislature passed the bill unanimously and Gov. Tim Walz signed it into law this week.

FLickr - COVID-19 vaccination - Commander, U.S. Naval Forces

All 8 state COVID-19 vaccine sites now accept walk-ins

Adults can get a no-cost vaccine without making an appointment.

Wilf

Report: Vikings owners nearing purchase of Orlando City MLS franchise

The Wilfs reportedly attempted to buy the Minnesota United expansion franchise years ago.

bemidji paul bunyan

Video shows the moment someone broke the Paul Bunyan statue's arm

Police are asking for the public's help to identify those involved.

bridgeman's food truck duluth

Last remaining Bridgeman's Restaurant is launching a food truck

The Duluth restaurant is the only remaining full-service Bridgeman's in business.

FLickr - electric drive vehicle charging - Open Grid Scheduler

Minnesota can move ahead with Clean Cars program, judge says

She recommended the proposed rules be adopted.

Related