Man charged in Mpls. hit-and-run that injured barista

9:45 AM, Oct 11, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Police have made an arrest in a June hit and run that left a Minneapolis barista badly injured.

Tyler Adam Braunschweig, age 19, is charged with criminal vehicular operation. He is currently being held in the Hennepin County Jail.  

Matthew Call was about to enter his parked car at the intersection of Lyndale Avenue South and 24th Street West around 6 p.m. June 27 when a passing motorist in a dark SUV struck him and left Call laying in the street with significant injuries.  

The driver of the SUV did not stop after the accident.

Call was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) where he was found to have suffered two broken legs, a fractured pelvis and broken vertebrae.

Investigators obtained surveillance footage from a local business and distributed it to the media. The image of the black Jeep Cherokee and two men inside led to a pair of tips identifying the driver, who was a student at the U of M at the time of the incident.

The tips also led to the passenger in the suspect vehicle, who confirmed the identity of the man who was driving.

The passenger told detectives he told the suspect to go back to the accident but he did not do so.

Investigators subsequently learned that the suspect's parents, who live in Wisconsin, had a vehicle matching the hit and run description, and that an insurance claim had been filed claiming the Jeep had hit a deer.

Investigators later located the suspect vehicle after it had been sold by the insurance company.

 

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