by John Hoff
I saw a Chicago address on the jail roster recently and noticed the dude was charged with MURDER. Hoping to get lucky and turn up a story related to North Minneapolis, I obtained the criminal complaint. Well, it turns out the murder happened in SOUTH Minneapolis.
So it's KIND of lucky, in a way.
Lucky it didn't happen in MY neighborhood.
Digging into the circumstances of the murder charge (click here for criminal complaint) led me to conclude there hadn't been enough media coverage of this incident, so I aim to fix that.
The murder happened in South Minneapolis on November 7 of last year. Police responded to a call of gun fire and found a man lying dead in an alley. The dead man was named Michael Hayden and subsequent investigation determined he'd been killed by a Chicago resident named Steven John Williams.
Click here for a Star Tribune article about the arrest.
What the article doesn't tell you which becomes clear from reading the criminal complaint is...
...the victim and his killer knew each other and were living in a hotel together. They had "arrived in the Minneapolis metro area" together. Though the complaint doesn't explicitly say Williams and Hayden came from CHICAGO together, it's a matter of record that Williams is from that city. In fact, on the jail roster he is listed with an address of 9045 S. Racine Avenue, Chicago. So it certainly LOOKS like a couple of dirt bags moving here from Chicago, holing up in some fleabag motel, and then one kills the other in a dispute.
Williams accused Hayden of stealing money from him. Despite this, Hayden was still hanging around with Williams and was last seen obtaining food from a McDonalds in the company of Williams. Not long after, it appears Hayden was executed in an alley. One witness heard Williams speaking on the phone shortly before the murder and saying, "If I do this, I will need to get out of town."
It is a shame Williams (and for that matter, Hayden) ever came to town in the first place. One can't help but wonder if Williams brought ideas with him from Chicago; a false notion you can just leave somebody dead in an alley and police won't solve the murder or pursue the murderer too energetically because there's just too many bodies.
Like in Chicago.
What on earth draws the scum of Chicago to the streets of Minneapolis? And how can we make them go the hell BACK to Chicago?
Unfortunately, if Williams is convicted he will be sitting in a MINNESOTA prison, paid for with MINNESOTA tax dollars.
And for what? For killing another guy who wasn't from Minnesota, either, but the murder just HAPPENED to take place in our state shortly after these two scum bags arrived.
Whatever it is that keeps drawing the scum of Chicago to our fair city...
We need to find a way to stop it.