I don't like using the same photo for two blog postings in a row, but today it seems necessary. If you click on the photo above, and look at the rear door of the armored Humvee (the door hanging open to the right of the tree) you can see the letters "FBI."
Good enough for me. That's an FBI raid.
A reader of this blog provided both the photo and further information today, plus a lot of info is freely available on the internet by searching under the address, because the property has been a constant source of concern to the 4th Precinct CARE Task Force for a number of years...
According to my helpful reader (and this is what's called "participatory media") an individual doing work at a house in the area took the photo, above, and provided the following info to my reader, who passed it to me. In that sense it's "third hand" info.
According to this info, members of the Minneapolis Police Department were seen directing traffic away from the involved street until the raid was over. The raid happened suddenly--as is the nature of these things--when vehicles converged on the house and individuals with flak jackets and shields entered. The property is a duplex and attention seemed to be focused primarily on the 3851 side of the property, which is 3851/3853 Emerson Ave. N.
Several males were seen handcuffed and sitting at the curb. At least one was observed to be released at the scene, at least two were arrested and taken away, however. Several boxes of material were removed from the property.
My source speculates this was a narcotics raid, however, one participant in the North Talk Facebook forum speculated the raid could involve fake $5 and $20 bills floating around, hence the federal involvement. This blogger thinks if counterfeiting were involved a Secret Service presence would have been apparent, therefore I'd wager on narcotics.
Twice previously in the last week or so, a member of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department was observed trying to serve paper but nobody answered the door. The deputy was heard to say something about how he would have to come back later.
Here is what else I was told about the property by my source, word for word.
FYI, this is an owner-occupied property, owned by a mother-daughter team, and the property has been a livability issue for the block for ever. They don't ever get a rental license for either unit because "relatives" live on both sides. I say that's a bunch of bunk, but in 10 years have never been able to prove otherwise. I could go on at considerable length about the issues the folks residing at this property cause to other residents, but for the most part, its the typical kind of livability stuff many Northsiders live with, just over a greater duration compared with a typical rental property.
However, one thing of note is that if you will recall the shooting death of the young allegedly homeless man about a year ago now (I will go thru your blog archive and try to find the name and email it to you as I know you covered it), he died in the alley that runs behind this property and was shot almost parallel with this property - in other words, in the alley almost directly behind this building. I did not witness the shooting, but I did witness the aftermath - a group of young men boisterously walked through the church parking lot from the alley to the street, peeled off jackets and hoodies to display red t-shirts in the street, and then loaded in to vehicles to get away when police sirens were heard in the distance. The older of the two ladies who own 3851/53 transported some of these young men away in her vehicle.
The death being referenced above is clearly Keontrell Govan, click here for news article, who died in the "alley behind the church of St. Bridget at 3811 Emerson Ave. N."
Many of the complaints associated with the house have been written up by the 4th Precinct CARE Task Force on their website. Here they are, in the order they appear on Google when searching for the address.
Shoes hanging on the power line behind the house, click here.
Loitering, drunken behavior, house appears over-occupied and has "long history of livability issues with neighbors and other blocks," click here.
Four vehicles with expired tabs, not moving, parked in the back, click here.
This complaint, well, you've got to read it to believe it. Spectacularly uncivilized behavior by very young children at the house and hanging around.
A confusingly-written report, click here, but the gist of it seems to be the police were on the lookout for a wanted man who might have been at the property.
The garage burns up with two cars inside, two nearby, click here, wonder if those were the same four cars mentioned in the other report?
A three page hard copy was created of all the residents and "occasional records" with criminal aliases and and criminal records with case numbers, the document was described as a "must see." Wish I could see it instead of just hearing its legend, click here.
This blogger will be pressing the PUBLISH POST button now, but I am off to scour the jail roster and see if I can find arrests associated with this property.