Hispanic victims targeted in rash of Mpls. robberies

MINNEAPOLIS - A jump in robberies targeting Hispanic victims in southeast Minneapolis has the concern of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Police are trying to get the word out about what they consider a concerning crime pattern.

"Five Hispanic robbery victims in the past week -- that's it, in and of itself. That's an increase, obviously, from weeks before," said Inspector Tony Diaz of the 5th Precinct.

According to Diaz, eight people in total were robbed in southeast Minneapolis between Dec. 17 and Dec. 23. In the cases involving the five Hispanic victims, a suspect or suspects approached the victims on foot and were able to get away, usually with the victim's purse, backpack, wallet or phone.

Diaz said officers are reaching out to the Hispanic community -- to make them aware of the pattern through community organizations and Latino leaders.

Police are also urging everyone to take additional precautions, including walking with other people, staying aware of your surroundings and reporting crimes immediately when they happen.

"We're trying to get the word out to people to just be safe, so they can prepare themselves," Diaz said.


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