The following crime incidents were compiled from Saint Paul and Mendota Heights police department reports and other sources.

Saint Paul sees 15.5% hike in serious crimes in 2020

The Saint Paul Police Department recently released preliminary year-end crime statistics for 2020 that showed an overall 15.5 percent increase in the most serious Part I offenses. Part I offenses include crimes against persons, such as homicide, rape and aggravated assault, and crimes against property, including robbery, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.

In 2020, crimes against persons increased by 21.8 percent while crimes against property rose by 14.9 percent. Violent crime, which includes homicide, rape, aggravated assault and robbery, increased by nearly 25 percent. Two categories, rapes and residential burglaries, decreased in 2020.

Much of the overall hike in Part I offenses was driven by commercial burglaries and arson, which were up by 70.5 percent and 78 percent, respectively. Police Chief Todd Axtell believes several factors led to the rise in crime.

“This was an incredibly hard year for all of us,” he said. “Between a global pandemic, historic levels of rioting and very real economic pain, our country and city just experienced one of the most difficult periods of time in our city’s history.”

In 2020, Saint Paul police officers responded to 244,965 calls for service, 2,326 reports of shots fired, 220 reports of people shot, and 34 homicides. They also recovered 658 guns and cleared 31 of the 34 homicides.

The data is based on initial incident information that does not include a final assessment of victims or unfounded reports of crime. It is possible that the final percentage could change slightly when it is submitted to the FBI later this year.

 

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Once submitted, that information, along with data for previous years, can be found at fbi.gov/services/cjis/ucr.

Highland Park

Robbery—Two males assaulted a pair of female employees at Talbots clothing store, 665 S. Cleveland Ave., during a strong-arm robbery at 5:04 p.m. Monday, January 18. According to media reports, one of the suspects demanded that the safe be opened and then began punching an employee. Her co-worker was also assaulted. The suspects then ran out of the store with the employees’ purses. The suspects were described as Black males in their teens to early 20s. One was around 5-foot-8, 120 pounds, and the other was around 6 feet tall, 150 pounds.

Burglary—A commercial break-in was reported on the 2400 block of West Seventh Street at 8:04 a.m. Saturday, January 16.

Theft—Vehicles were reported stolen on the 2100 block of Watson Avenue on January 9, the 700 block of Mount Curve Boulevard on January 15, and the 1700 block of Sheridan Avenue on January 20.

—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen on the 2200 block of Edgcumbe Road on January 19, and the 1400 block of Highland Parkway on January 20.

Weapons—Gunfire was reported on the 1400 block of Eleanor Avenue at 7:49 p.m. Wednesday, January 13.

Miscellaneous—Felony criminal damage to property was reported on the 2000 block of Saunders Avenue at 3:06 p.m. Friday, January 8.

Sex crime—Rapes were reported on the 2000 block of Niles Avenue at 2:25 a.m. Thursday, January 7; and on the 1900 block of Ford Parkway at 2:24 p.m. Thursday, January 14.

Arson—An arson fire was reported on the 2000 block of Ford Parkway at 4:22 p.m. Wednesday, January 20.

Weapons—Gunfire was reported on the 1400 block of Eleanor Avenue at 7:49 p.m. Wednesday, January 13.

Miscellaneous—Felony criminal damage to property was reported on the 2000 block of Saunders Avenue at 3:06 p.m. Friday, January 8.

Lexington-Hamline

Shooting—A 15-year-old girl was shot in the stomach during an aggravated assault at 9:34 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, on Selby Avenue and Dunlap Street. According to media reports, the teen was struck while sitting in the backseat of a stolen vehicle after two male suspects got out of the car to switch drivers and there was a gunshot. When the teen got out to call 911, the males drove away. Her injury was not life-threatening.

Burglary—A commercial break-in was reported on the 1100 block of University Avenue at 12:38 a.m. Sunday, January 17.

Theft—Vehicles were reported stolen on the 1300 block of University Avenue on January 15, the 1200 block of Concordia Avenue on January 16, and two vehicles on the 1100 block of University on January 19.

—A shoplifting loss of more than $1,000 was reported on the 1300 block of University Avenue at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 17.

Macalester-Groveland

Burglary—Burglaries were reported on the 1100 block of Edgcumbe Road on January 8, and the 1200 block of Goodrich Avenue on January 18.

Theft—Items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from vehicles on the 1300 block of James Avenue on January 14, the 1500 block of Fairmount and the 1400 block of Grand Avenue on January 15, the 1400 block of Sargent Avenue on January 16, and the 1300 block of Saint Clair Avenue on January 19.

—Vehicles were reported stolen on the 2000 and 1600 blocks of Palace Avenue on January 12, and the 400 block of South Lexington Parkway on January 13.

Weapons—Gunfire was reported on Grand and Cretin avenues on January 18, and on the 1200 block of Goodrich Avenue on January 20.

Mendota Heights

Theft—Equipment was reported stolen from outside a business on the 2000 block of Dodd Road at 4:04 p.m. Tuesday, January 12.

—Catalytic converters were reported stolen from vehicles on the 2300 block of Swan Drive on January 11-12, and the 2500 block of Executive Drive on January 16.

—Several items were reported stolen from vehicles on January 17 on the 1400 block of Highway 13, and the 1900 block of Walsh Lane.

Miscellaneous—A driver was arrested for driving while under the influence of a controlled substance and contempt of court after he was found slumped over in a vehicle in a parking lot on the 1300 block of Northland Drive at 11:03 p.m. Friday, January 8. The driver reportedly had taken narcotics and was transported to the hospital, but refused to comply with a court order for a blood sample.

—The driver of a vehicle with three flat tires was arrested for DWI after officers responded to a call at 7:02 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, on the 1100 block of Centre Pointe Curve.

Merriam Park

Robbery—A robbery at gunpoint was reported on the 2700 block of Dayton Avenue at 2:54 p.m. Saturday, January 16.

Burglary—A burglary was reported on the 400 block of Herschel Street at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday, January 13.

Theft—Vehicles were reported stolen on the 1800 block of Feronia Avenue on January 9, the 1900 block of Marshall Avenue on January 11, on Prior and Ashland avenues on January 11, the 100 block of North Wilder Street on January 16, and the 1700 block of Hague Avenue and 1900 block of University Avenue on January 16.

—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from vehicles on the 1600 block of Hague Avenue on January 7, the 2100 block of Marshall Avenue on January 8, and the 1800 block of Marshall on January 10.

Weapons—Gunfire was reported on the 400 block of Beacon Avenue on January 8, the 300 block of North Cleveland Avenue on January 20, and on Finn Street and Temple Court on January 20.

Miscellaneous—A narcotics incident involving the possession of heroin was reported on Portland Avenue and Wheeler Street at 10:01 a.m. Wednesday, January 13.

Snelling-Hamline

Robbery—A robbery at gunpoint was reported on the 1300 block of Ashland Avenue at 6:49 p.m. Thursday, January 14.

Theft—Vehicles were reported stolen on the 1400 block of University Avenue on January 8, the 1400 block of Carroll Avenue on January 12, and the 1300 block of University on January 20.

Weapons—Gunfire was reported on I-94 and Snelling Avenue at 7:40 p.m. Friday, January 8.

Summit Hill

Robbery—A robbery at gunpoint was reported on the 900 block of Goodrich Avenue at 3:26 a.m. Saturday, January 16.

Burglary—A residential break-in was reported on the 800 block of Grand Avenue at 7:46 p.m. Sunday, January 10.

—Two burglaries were reported on the 1000 block of Grand Avenue between 5:14-8:53 a.m. Thursday, January 14.

Theft—Vehicles were reported stolen on the 900 block of Saint Clair Avenue on January 9, the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue on January 12, and the 900 block of Goodrich Avenue on January 16.

Sex crime—A rape was reported on Lexington Parkway south of Summit Avenue at 10 a.m. Sunday, January 17.

Weapons—Gunfire was reported on Grand Avenue and Dale Street at 3:45 a.m. Thursday, January 7.

Summit-University

Robbery—A strong-arm robbery was reported on the 200 block of Summit Avenue at 3:20 p.m. Sunday, January 17.

—A robbery at gunpoint was reported on Dayton Avenue and Saint Albans Street at 4:43 p.m. Monday, January 18.

Burglary—A home break-in was reported on the 700 block of Holly Avenue at 6 p.m. Monday, January 11.

—A commercial burglary was reported on the 100 block of North Dale Street at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 19.

Theft—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from a vehicle on Laurel and Western avenues on January 12.

Weapons—Gunfire was reported on the 200 block of Marshall Avenue at 7:38 p.m. Wednesday, January 13.

Miscellaneous—Felony criminal damage to property was reported on the 200 block of North Western Avenue at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 16.

—A incident involving narcotics was reported on the 600 block of Selby Avenue at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, January 20.

West End

Robbery—Robberies involving firearms were reported on the 600 block of West Seventh Street on January 7, and on the 300 block of West Seventh on January 14.

—A robbery with a dangerous weapon was reported on Bay Street and Butternut Avenue at 12:14 p.m. Monday, January 18.

Burglary—Commercial break-ins were reported on the 300 block of West Seventh Street on January 9, and the 2000 block of West Seventh on January 19.

—A burglary was reported on the 200 block of Eagle Street at 7:53 a.m. Monday, January 11.

Theft—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from vehicles on the 300 block of North Smith Avenue on January 7, the 200 block of South Exchange Street on January 9, the 1900 block of Benson Avenue on January 18, and the 700 block of Watson Avenue on January 20.

—Vehicles were reported stolen on the 1500 block of Race Street on January 9, the 500 block of Randolph Avenue on January 14, two vehicles on the 800 block of Watson Avenue on January 19, on West Seventh Street and Kellogg Boulevard on January 19, and on the 900 block of Armstrong Avenue on January 20.

—Items valued at more than $1,000 were reported from a building on the 600 block of West Seventh Street at 1:35 p.m. Sunday, January 10.

—Bicycles valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen on the 700 block of Mercer Street on January 14 and the 700 block of Perlman Street on January 20.

Weapons—Gunfire was reported on the 700 block of Perlman Street on January 12 and the 900 block of West Seventh Street on January 13.

Miscellaneous—An incident involving the possession of cocaine was reported on the 300 block of North Smith Avenue at 11:56 p.m. Thursday, January 7.

—Incidents involving narcotics were reported on the 400 block of Superior Street on January 14 and the 900 block of May Street on January 20.

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