Alleged triggerman arrested in north Mpls. murder

9:31 AM, Apr 12, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Police have arrested the alleged triggerman in the murder of a north Minneapolis resident who reportedly was killed for his bicycle.

The 24-year-old suspect was arrested on the 3600 block of Freemont Avenue North shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, just one block from where the victim was gunned down.

Jody Patzner was murdered Monday night as he delivered food to a neighbor. Witnesses say 3 men demanded his bike, the 22-year-old Patzner begged for his life, and was fatally shot as he tried to flee.

The suspect, who has a criminal record, is currently in custody.

Minneapolis Police spokesman Steve McCarty says homicide detectives will likely deliver the case to Hennepin County prosecutors Thursday afternoon.  

A memorial fund has been opened at Wells Fargo in Patzner's name. It's called the Jody Lyn Marvin Patzner, Jr. Memorial Fund.

The funeral for Patzner is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Minneapolis.

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