Sunday, July 11, 2010
2819 Knox Avenue North Raided By SWAT Team
Photos and blog post by John Hoff
This Friday, about mid-day, Jordan Neighborhood "super citizen" Megan Goodmundson called me with a cryptic message:
"COPS! On the Jordan Pond! COME RIGHT NOW!"
I knew from Megan's tone that this wasn't run-of-the-mill North Minneapolis police activity, but something higher up the action scale. I was a couple blocks away and literally ran all the way. I arrived just in time to watch a Minneapolis Police Department SWAT team batter down the door of the garage behind 2819 Knox Ave. N. (Top photo)
After the SWAT team left, three squad cars remained in front of the house, and appeared to be keeping themselves busy inside the home.
...is on the lovely Jordan Pond, but isn't one of the nicer homes filled with nicer people. The house is owned by absentee landlord Rodney S. Bustrom of St. Francis, Minnesota who lives at 1858 242nd Ave. It is unknown how many other houses Bustrom owns and what worrisome patterns might be found by scrutinizing his pattern of property ownership. As Johnny Northside Dot Com has mentioned to the wind about a hundred times, the Minneapolis property website is searchable by address and property identification number, but NOT by name of owner. So if we want to obtain and publish a list of Bustrom's properties, we need to get that list some other way.
Neighbors on the Jordan Pond report that, at one time, pit bulls were kept in the garage of the property but these neighbors are not definite about when that period of time was. Results of Friday's police raid are unknown.
Johnny Northside Dot Com extends a personal "thank you" to the police officers who put their lives at risk to keep our neighborhood safe by raiding the (alleged) scum bags who live at 2819 Knox Ave. N., and I hope they found what they were looking for.