Creative stock photo, (anti-pigeon measures under an old bridge in Washington, DC) blog post by John Hoff
The story of how Anthony John Ellis allegedly used a box cutter on the face of a guy who jumped to the aid of a female being beaten at a neighborhood bar...
That story wasn't big enough to make the pages of the Star Tribune. Go figure.
Luckily, the Pioneer Press picked up some of the slack, click here. And, of course, it's often the role of this blog to pick up the trail of bread crumbs left by the mainstream media and dig deeper into the story...
First of all, the "bar on the 4100 block of Fremont Avenue North" appears to be the T Shoppe Bar at 4154 Fremont Ave. N. There is no other bar on Fremont Ave. North which appears in a Google search, let alone another bar that HAPPENS to be on the 4100 block. According to a review on Yelp Dot Com, the bar is "shabby looking" and gives off a "scary vibe" from the outside, but the lone reviewer went inside and found the place friendly and enjoyed his visit.
Obviously, he wasn't there the night Anthony John Ellis beat on a woman and then took a box cutter to a guy's face.
As for Anthony John Ellis, whose favored weapon is the same as that of the 9/11 hijackers, here's his rap sheet.
27-CR-89-072809 ELLIS, ANTHONY JOHN 03/16/1963 12/01/1989 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Brookdale Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed ASSAULT IN THE 5TH DEGREE ASSAULT IN THE 5TH DEGREE CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
He was only convicted of one count of assault in the 5th Degree, the other charges were dismissed. He had 90 days hanging over his head. All stayed. Violated probation over and over.
27-CR-92-069336 ELLIS, ANTHONY JOHN 03/16/1963 09/04/1992 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Under Court Jurisdiction DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE CARELESS DRIVING
Only convicted of driving under the influence. The other charge was dismissed. He was on probation for 2 years and got treatment in the Anoka 2 day program.
27-CR-92-081233 ELLIS, ANTHONY JOHN 03/16/1963 10/19/1992 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Southdale Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed DRIVING AFTER REVOCATION DRIVING W/O INSURANCE
Convicted of driving after revocation, the other charge was dismissed. Though you have to wonder how that makes any sense. I mean, seriously, the guy didn't have a driver's license but he had insurance? Smells like a plea bargain to me.
In any case, he was fined a total of $174.50.
02-K1-93-012752 ELLIS, ANTHONY JOHN 03/16/1963 11/15/1993 Anoka Gross Misd - DWI Converted Closed GM AGG DWI GM DWI 2/5 GM REFUSE TEST M OPR AFT WITHDRAWAL M NO PRF OF INS-OWNER AGG DWI/VIOL HRG GM AGG DWI/PROB VIOL
What a list of charges. But he was only convicted (on a plea) of GM AGG DWI. It appears he did some time in jail (it's a real mess to figure out what happened on MNCIS, there's so many notations) and got work release. It took him a while to pay his fines and there was an "unpaid fines hearing." (First time I've seen that, actually) Looks like this foolishness cost him a total of $715, which he paid in 4 installments. Also, apparently he received 2 years probation.
27-CR-97-061146 ELLIS, ANTHONY JOHN 03/16/1963 07/17/1997 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed HARASSING PHONE CALLS
Guilty. Got 30 days but it was all stayed. Conditions included not having contact with victims.
That last conviction on MNCIS was in 1997. So riddle me this. How does a guy stay out of trouble for 15 years and then go after some dude's face with a box cutter? Two possible answers.
First, maybe he lived somewhere else and was doing the same stuff he did before, just in another state so it doesn't show up in MNCIS.
Second, maybe he stayed out of trouble all that time. Only the love of a good woman could accomplish something like that, I say. And then...
Well, beating some girl in a bar. A guy interferes. Out comes the box cutter.
All of this allegedly.
I'm trying to get a copy of the criminal complaint. We'll see if it contains more clues.
In the meantime, I will add that "shabby" bars that give off a "bad vibe" tend to encourage an atmosphere of "anything goes." Bars in North Minneapolis who are in that category should think hard about cleaning up their act.