Officers in half a dozen squad cars were observed setting up a perimeter around a one-block area...
...apparently in pursuit of somebody on foot.
In the photo above, an officer stakes out his portion of the perimeter. I observed him deliberately scan his head ahead and to the left, ahead and to the left...seemingly watching for a suspect to be flushed out. Several bystanders in the neighborhood watched the action.
Two officers have a squad-to-squad conference in the street.
One suspect was arrested in the alley. Later, I saw a suspect put into a police car in a different location, (photo at top of blog post) but I couldn't be positive it was a different suspect. One eyewitness told me she saw two different suspects taken into custody.
A suspect (on the right) is placed into a squad car in the alley.
Officers converged on this house on the 2800 block of Aldrich and were seen talking to five children; the oldest of which may have been 12. A witness to some of the events said there was a home invasion robbery with the children present in the home. The witness strongly implied--but did not say directly--he or some other person witnessed a suspect "mosey" off the porch of the house on the 2800 block of Aldrich and realized that person did not belong at that particular house and was probably up to no good, and so called authorities.
The same witness spoke of decent people in the neighborhood who pick up trash and do other "neighborhood things" to make things "safe and quiet," and said "this is usually a very quiet and safe block."
According to the witness, there had been a home invasion robbery in the last couple months, aimed at the house right next door, also occupied by a family which appeared to be Hmong. In that instance--according to the witness--the "grandma" of the house opened the door and a robber forced his way inside with a gun, threatening violence and looting the house while keeping the "grandma" covered with the gun.
The crime lab van showed up at the scene, and two officers were seen in the alley behind the house using flashlights in the daylight and examining the ground while wearing gloves. The children at the house on the 2800 block were seen speaking to a police officer who took notes. At one point, the officers went in the house with the four oldest children.
The smallest child, a little boy of about 4, stayed in the front yard and looked at the police cars with a worried, pensive look.
Editorial comment by Johnny Northside: Thanks to Chief Dolan for all the great work your officers do to fight crime in North Minneapolis. God bless the Fourth Precinct.