Lacking stealth and a fast getaway, a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbing a Bloomington liquor store.

The suspect was arrested shortly after 2 p.m. July 25 following a robbery report by 7/8 Liquors, 7920 Nicollet Ave.

The suspect, who has no permanent address, is accused of stealing two bottles of alcohol and threatening a store clerk with a hammer, according to Bloomington Police Cmdr. Damon Bitney.

The store clerk, a 49-year-old Bloomington man, reported that the suspect entered the store wearing a backpack. The clerk asked the suspect to leave his backpack at the counter, but the man ignored the request. The clerk then watched the man as he made his way into the store. He reported that the man put two bottles of alcohol, valued at $42, into the backpack and began to leave the store. The clerk instructed the man to pay for the liquor as he was walking toward the exit, and the suspect responded by pulling a hammer out of his backpack and threatening to hit the clerk with it, Bitney explained.

The suspect left the liquor store on a bicycle as the clerk called the police, and officers responding to the report spotted a man matching the suspect’s description, bicycling into Richfield. As the suspect was approached by police officers near the intersection of 76th Street and Nicollet Avenue, he got off the bike and attempted to flee on foot. He was quickly run down and arrested on suspicion of robbery. In his backpack were two bottles of alcohol and a hammer, Bitney noted.

The clerk was transported to the scene of the arrest and verified that it was the same man who had been in the store minutes earlier, Bitney added.

The suspect was booked on suspicion of robbery, fleeing a police officer on foot and two outstanding warrants.

Robbery report

A 35-year-old St. Paul man was having a bad day when his vehicle broke down in Bloomington, and his bad luck didn’t end there.

The man reported being robbed after his car broke down during the evening of July 30, Bitney said.

Police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Washburn Avenue and 100th Street at approximately 9 p.m. following the victim’s report. The victim said that after his vehicle broke down, he began walking to get help. He said he was approached from behind by two men, with one of the men sticking a gun in his back. He reported that he was punched in the face and that one of the men took his wallet. He added that one of the men tucked a handgun into his pants as the duo fled the scene, Bitney explained.

The victim said the males were in their 20s and approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build. One of the perpetrators had a Chicago Bulls hat, the victim noted. Officers responding to the report noted that the man had swelling and red marks on the side of his face, Bitney said.

The perpetrators did not take the man’s cellphone, but he ran in the opposite direction of them and sought assistance calling the police from a resident in the neighborhood, Bitney noted.

The victim reported losing his credit cards, identification and $400.

Fraud investigation

A duo suspected of pull tab fraud was arrested in Bloomington as a result of a Minnesota Department of Public Safety investigation.

A 36-year-old St. Paul woman and a 31-year-old Forest Lake man were arrested with the assistance of the Bloomington Police Department after an investigator called for assistance at approximately 8:30 a.m. July 24. The investigator called while the duo was at Walgreens, 7940 Penn Ave., Bitney said.

The investigator had been conducting surveillance of the duo in connection with suspected pull tab fraud in Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey counties. The officer had observed the duo break into a car in Minneapolis prior to driving to Bloomington. Officers responding to the investigator’s call for assistance conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of 86th Street and Lyndale Avenue, Bitney said.

Indecent exposure

A 28-year-old Richfield woman didn’t appreciate the lewd conduct of a 27-year-old Bloomington man and followed him to his Bloomington apartment, where he was arrested by Bloomington police officers on suspicion of indecent exposure.

The woman had stepped outside Pilgrim Cleaners, 7843 Portland Ave., at approximately 8 p.m. July 9. A man riding a pink children’s bicycle with streamers on it had stopped near the woman. She looked away when the man stopped riding the bike, and when she looked back moments later, his genitals were exposed. She made a comment to him, which he ignored, and she went back inside Pilgrim Cleaners, Bitney said.

The woman was concerned as she was preparing to leave that the man was still bicycling around the area. She called the police and followed the man as he eventually bicycled to his residence, an apartment complex on the 9000 block of Nicollet Avenue. When officers met with the woman, she didn’t know where he went, but officers checking the area saw a pink children’s bicycle on an apartment balcony. The officers brought the woman to the balcony and she confirmed it was the same bike the man had been riding. Officers then made contact with a man inside the apartment, who matched the description the woman provided. When she verified he was the same man in the parking lot, the suspect was arrested, Bitney explained.

Stabbing investigation

What appeared to be a dispute between two brothers ended with the arrest of one, although further investigation showed that the suspect may not have been guilty of second-degree assault.

At approximately 5 p.m. July 26, police officers responded to reports of a fight between two males at an apartment complex on the 8300 block of Fremont Avenue. Reports by residents of the building included that the men were fighting in the common area of the building, with one of the men brandishing a knife and that one of the men was running from the building while holding a knife. Officers arriving at the building were directed to an apartment where the men lived and found indications that the door had been forced open, although the door was closed at the time, Bitney said.

With a possible stabbing victim inside, officers forced their way into the apartment after nobody answered their knock. The door appeared to have been barricaded from the inside, and there were signs of a fight having occurred in the apartment. Sounds could be heard from inside one of the bedrooms, and the officers yelled to the person inside, with no response. They heard deep breathing and grunting, followed by a 42-year-old man exiting the bedroom, bleeding from puncture wounds to his chest. The man told the officers, “He got me,” but didn’t provide further detail while he was treated for his wounds as an ambulance was dispatched to the scene, Bitney explained.

A search of the area for the suspect, who may be the victim’s brother, resulted in his arrest. Further investigation, however, indicated that the 42-year-old suspect may have been trying to help the victim deal with mental health or drug addiction issues. There was no blood evidence found outside of the bedroom or on the suspect, and upon the victim’s examination and treatment at the hospital for his injuries it appeared that the wounds were self-inflicted, Bitney said.

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