There are hundreds, thousands of actual and alleged criminals with some connection to North Minneapolis that I could write about. But there's just something about Wesley Gubbin that sticks in my craw...something about the way Gubbin seemed to make certain ASSUMPTIONS about our North Minneapolis neighborhood when he dumped his hit-and-run vehicle in this neighborhood after running down an elderly man on a bicycle.
Mainstream media have reported on his plea bargain right before trial, click here. But I requested a copy of the criminal complaint and wanted to make more details available. First of all, click here to view the actual criminal complaint.
According to the allegations in the complaint (and keeping in mind Gubbin did plead guilty) Gubbin was residing at 1508 Madison St. NE on or about November 12, 2011. On that day, Minneapolis police were dispatched to West River Parkway, just south of the Franklin Avenue Bridge on a report of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian....
Word came as officers were responding the vehicle had left the scene. The victim, James Malloy age 61, was being assisted by paramedics when police arrived a the scene. A call came to police identifying the suspect vehicle as having the license plate RXJ 308, which came back to Wesley Francis McKeown Gubbin. Multiple witnesses at the scene described the vehicle driving fast in an aggressive way, which is about what you can expect of (dear god) a camouflage pattern pickup. Right after passing some vehicles the truck hit Malloy who was riding a bike (word is Malloy was going to his place of worship, a Jewish temple) and didn't even stop or slow down. The victim literally flew through the air.
While investigating the crash, officers got word the victim had died of injuries. Police located the truck, a 1996 Dodge Dakota, abandoned in the known blogging territory of Johnny Northside. Later that day officers interviewed the defendant and his girlfriend, who both pretty much spilled their guts. Word I have is the defendant turned himself in, but that detail is not mentioned in the criminal complaint. If so, it was the only smart thing Wesley did.
This blogger hopes Wesley Gubbin reforms himself during incarceration and comes out a better person after paying for his mistakes. And to anybody else who thinks of dumping a vehicle in North Minneapolis after committing a crime ELSEWHERE:
Don't do that.