MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 21-year-old St. Cloud man is recovering Sunday after a group of men stuck a knife to his chest, punched him, threw him to the ground and stole his wallet, authorities said.

St. Cloud Police responded to the robbery, which occurred on the 1200 block of 15th Street North, shortly after 3 a.m.

The victim told police he had stepped out of his apartment for a cigarette when three or four men between the ages of 18 and 23 approached him. The victim said the men punched him several times in the head and, while he was on the ground, kicked him in the head.

The victim told police the men stole his cell phone and wallet, which contained many personal items.

Police described the suspects as 6-feet tall and thin. One wore a light blue T-shirt, a black hooded sweatshirt and a black jacket. Another wore jeans, a black jacket, a black hat, and bore sideburns. A third wore jeans, a white T-shirt, a black hooded sweatshirt and a black jacket.

One of the men wielded a black-handled knife with a three-to-four-inch blade. This man held the knife to the victim’s chest, but did not hurt him with it.

An ambulance transported the victim to the St. Cloud Emergency Room, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

If you know anything about this incident, call St. Cloud police at 320-251-1200.

Comments (61)
  1. terrible mess says:

    All this continued crime just makes me sick to my stomach. Enough to cause projectile a$$ vomit.

  2. Dave says:

    Either all four black folks who live in St. Cloud were responsible for this, or the racists who comment here have some explaining to do.

      1. Paul Solinger says:

        Do you have evidence of this, or are you allowing your underlying racist beliefs to cloud your judgment?

        1. BearskinBob says:

          Paul I’m a realist not a racist.

    1. Dave says:

      Really? A lot of black folks fly planes into and blow-up government buildings, send letter bombs, shoot at politicians, clinic, and church goers. Radical and insane white folks do nothing wrong do they?

      1. Dave says:

        That’s so blatantly racist it’s incredible. I’m sure your profs. are proud of you. ‘Oh wait, you never went to college.

        1. John Zaniller says:

          Dave you seem to be using the same excuse as the others in your “” Culture””

    2. rottdogge says:

      Very well put, though you will find the brainwashed hard to convice.

    3. Kevin says:

      All four? You obviously haven’t been to St Cloud in a while.

  3. See BS says:

    Sounds like a “Hate Crime”

  4. American citizen that is not ignorant says:

    I find it disgusting that the people on here are stereotyping the blacks. It has nothing to do with the color of skin. being black does not mean you have violent anger problems. There is no scientific correlation between the two. I know plenty of black people who are the nicest people in the world. I also know of plenty of white people who are crazy violent.

    1. rottdogge says:

      You may want to study federal prison demographics. It has nothing to do with racism, but everything to do with reality.

  5. Bubba says:

    My best friend and her family are black. I am white and, they are always there for me while my own so-called family treats me like a reject all because I
    have a disability.

    1. so sorry says:

      Sounds like you have a bad case of gur-itis!

  6. Jake says:

    Well, what I find disgusting is the fact that in the St. Cloud area, such incidents are now almost an weekly occurrence. It wasn’t that long ago that such crimes were pretty rare. They need to set up a lot more bunks at the ‘reformatory’, and start USING it, instead of keeping it half-empty. There also need to be more citizens up there who are willing to get a permit to carry a pistol, and USE IT if necessary.

    1. Dave says:

      What’s going to happen when whites are the minority in this country in another 20-30 years?

      1. Jake says:

        I’m predicting that there is going to be a whole lot more “hatin'” going on here than there is now, and it won’t even take 20-30 years. More like 10-15. That’s how long it will take for this country to be ‘transformed’ into a Banana Republic.

        1. Dave says:

          From where I sit, that’s okay. You’ll work for $5 an hour w/o benefits, right? Call me “sir”!

          1. Jake says:

            Only in your dreams. I have other plans….

          2. Obv. says:

            Good thing for you Dave since you never made anything of your life anyway, $5 an hour would be par for the course for you, whites are minorities in some areas already, luckily my suburb is almost purely white and employed. For you to compare whites to zoo animals is disturbing.

            1. rottdogge says:

              Like most liberals, the best you can do is go on the attack with red herrings over things that will always elude your intellect. How’s the inside of that cell tonight? We here on the outside will be thinking of you, though not very highly. If you manage to get released, have a bottle of Boone’s Farm on me. With tax dollars, that is. Good night.

              1. Dave says:

                Liberal? I’d like you to say that to my face. You have no idea what I am.

                1. Daves not here says:

                  I have an idea what you are Dave. That would be clueless, uninformed, maybe a college professor , hate yourself for being white etc……. You might have the short guy syndrome.

              2. Dave says:

                P.S. Rotdog. I make money off of your stupidity. Be careful who you lip-off to. The 1% is in control!

            2. eddertheredder says:


          3. Ted thoughtful says:

            I can promise you the only thing we will be calling you in 15-20 years is still “”uneducated””

    2. Mona says:

      I know my son knows…he did not leave race out of his description…perhaps it is a case of reverse racial profiling and it really doesn’t matter what race (except for the identifying process. My son was beaten by thugs, violent criminals….they need to be arrested and incarcerated….that’s all we want.

  7. oliver kloseoff says:

    word up!

  8. Kevin says:

    Oh my…..Really? Are you sure? 3 or 4 blacks? No way!

    1. Mona says:

      Four perps and one of a different “race” watching from the inside.

  9. Progree says:

    Shame, shame on CBS Local for leaving off the “black” in the police description of the perpetrators (I’d feel the same way if they had been white and a new source left that off).

    1. Dave says:

      They’re race baiting. This is the new media form, for their “hits”. These little people who think that they’re so influential will be the destruction of this country, mark my words. All they are are reporters of REAL people who are the news makers, worthless!

      1. Dave says:

        This issue has been studied for a few years now. WCCO, congrats. Your name WILL be published (among others). We now have sufficient data. This why I’m finally feeling comfortable with posting on your POS site.

  10. Jake says:

    It wasn’t too long ago, say 12-15 years ago, that St. Cloud was labelled “One of the best cities in America for medium-sized cities.” Well, kiss that title GOODBYE. They will NEVER achieve that again, because when a city EARNS that title, immediately, the race-baiters, the haters, the social engineers, the uber-lib politicians descend upon that city like a plague, determined to bring down what that city has worked to hard to achieve, to the lowest common denominator. It’s still going on in places like Eden Prairie, Rochester, Brainerd, towns in Carver Co., etc.
    We just can’t have EXCELLENCE *anywhere* in this state, in ANY community. Rather than replicate what has been achieved to improve substandard communities, the ‘answer’ seems to be to tear down those communities to the lowest possible level, and that is the liberal’s definition of ‘success’. So some people think that anarchy and riots are the answer, well, good luck with that. When you hear the stories about forclosures and people who lose their jobs and can’t find another, keep in mind that the ‘story’ that you hear is only about 10-20% of the WHOLE PICTURE. They NEVER tell you about the stupid, embarrassing stuff, the gambling addictions or the homeowner who took out 110% of their home equity in a loan 5 years ago, and now they are underwater. They don’t talk about all of the fraud at every level, but if it’s less than a half million, there is little jail time, because it was a ‘victimless’ crime. Nope, today, it’s all about the ‘takers’, not the makers, and as long as you aren’t as big as Petters, Madoff, or Hecker, it’s pretty much worth the risk to try to scam somebody, because even if you get caught, the perp will say, along with their tax-payer paid public defender, “Well, you can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip.”, so I guess it’s ‘OK’.

    1. Dave says:

      Or how about your drunk St. Cloud State “econ” majors that can’t seem to figure out their way at a TCF branch?

  11. Joe says:

    Why can’t we all agree that young black men are more prone to violent behavior than their white counterparts? There is a REASON why there are shootings nightly in North Minneapolis. There are also REASONS why you don’t hear about drive-by shootings in Eden Prairie and Wayzata. The bottom line is that whenever blacks populate an area (such as Brooklyn Park), crime automatically goes up. This has nothing to do with racism. I do not hate black people because they have black skin. I hate them because of their behavior. Yes, there are nice, normal black people in our community, but they are far and few between. As long as “Ghetto Culture” exists, this evil will continue to happen. We need to educated these nig-nogs and teach them that their behavior is NOT acceptable in normal society.

    1. Jake says:

      Hey Joe, do you mean something like, “Judging a person by their CHARACTER, not by the color of their SKIN??”. Gee, where have I heard that before, but how long has it been since I’ve heard a living human being say that in front of a camera, especially by a “leader”??

    2. Dave says:

      Joe, do you ever think that you’re the problem?

      1. Jake says:

        Dave, not only do I think that you are not part of the solution, I do honestly think that you are part of the PROBLEM.

  12. TL the alligator says:

    yeah…..well if blacks are so smart why do so many of them wear pants that dont fit and act so dam stupid?…and the whites and others who emulate them are even more stupid for doing that…..its like the dumber they look and act the more fashionable they think they are….now THATS pretty dam stupid…..just callin it like it is.

  13. Jake says:

    Dave, I tried college. Too many loonies there for me to tolerate. Also did the military, had some troubles, but it was a lot more ‘normal’ than anything I ever experienced on a college campus. I also imagine a college campus today to a whole lot more ‘loony’ NOW than when I walked upon one. I can’t think of ONE GOOD REASON WHY I would ever think about going to one for the rest of my life. Instead of them marketing to me, they think that I should conform to them, and that’s not among my lifelong goals. I don’t want them to reshape me in their narrow-minded eyes, I want them to enhance what I already know, and build upon it. That is not part of their mission.

    1. Dave says:

      Why don’t you try something that you really enjoy Jake. The problem with so many is that money rules everything. I’m not saying “if you build it, it will come”. I’m just saying do you really need that certain amount of money to keep up with the Jones’ regardless if it makes you happy or not. Think about your personal meaning of happiness and not others’?

      1. Jake says:

        Hey Dave, why don’t you mind your own bidness, and stop trying to tell everybody what you think that I’m all about? Keepin’ up with the Jones’??? For real???

        What I want is for the high end and the BOTTOM end to stop begging their politicians for more and more tax breaks and refunds, to stop pounding the GOOD middle class into the ground until they no longer exist, and for the politicians to say to countries like CHINA, INDIA, MEXICO, and several other smaller ones that this country is willing to start imposing TARIFFS on their cheap, poorly made, untaxed, job killing goods, at least until they start paying their workers a decent wage, impose reasonable pollution standards upon their industries, and stop manipulating their currencies. We also should be EXPANDING our own OIL INDUSTRY, open up Yucca Mountain for safe storage of nuclear waste, build pipelines, refineries, offshore drilling facilities, and let America do what they do best, build things and put people to work. Secure the borders, enforce the laws, reward the hard-working, and discourage the lazy or inept, able-bodied types.

  14. Esther says:

    This is exactly 1 block from my mother’s house. I used to live in the area as well. All I can say is that every time someone moved out, someone more violent moved in. It didn’t matter what race they were. We lived in a town house and our immediate next door neighbor (who was white) had an enemy (also white) drive by and shoot up the house. That neighborhood is primarily african-american now though.
    They already have a high police presence in the area too because of a detox located a couple blocks away. If the thieves weren’t deterred by that, than nothing will prevent that kind of crime from happening again.

  15. Jake says:

    I guess, that due to Dave’s comments, and the provocative comments that have tried to be posted, that all relevant further comments have been deleted. Good job, Dave. You have done your uber-lib job, and censored FREE SPEECH once again.
    You have accomplished NOTHING to further your ’cause’, but hopefully, most informed voters will have seen your tactics, and vote accordingly in ’12.

  16. Joe says:

    No I am not the problem. I do not commit crimes. The problem is when blacks move into an area, crime goes up. It is a fact. A simple fact. Look at how blacks have destroyed Brooklyn and Park and Brooklyn Center. Blacks=Crime. Blacks=Welfare. It is a proven FACT. Hide behind the liberal curtains all you want, but it is a FACT. Black=Crime. Pure and Simple.

    1. chris says:

      BP and BC are not destroyed…take out your tampon

      1. Jake says:

        Really Chris?? Crookdale is but a memory, same for a few nice restaurants, Crookdale Ford, the strip mall on the east side of Hwy. 100, at least one grocery store, and a lot of good people. The only thing that is BOOMING in Crooklyn Center is BIG GOVERNMENT, a spanking new city hall, a Henn. Co. service center, and the new FBI building. The only big retailers there that are left are Sears and Target, but WALMART will be putting up a new building. What a shame. It’s a dysfunctional city, with a dysfunctional school district, and the GOOD residents who are still left will get nickel and dimed to death, literally.

      2. Kate says:

        REALLY CHRIS! Do you happen to live in BP or BC? I suggest you take that tampon because you will probably need it for your gunshot wound.

  17. RIII says:

    When you have a gang of people perpetrating a violent robbery like this I think their color should be part of the story so other people in the area can be on their guard. All to often the news outlets only report the perpetrators color if they are white.

  18. Jake says:

    Dave, believe it or not, my ROOTS are from the St. Cloud area. I still have many LEGITIMATE, unBASTERDIZED relatives in the area. Most have little or NO notable criminal records in that area, or any other area. These are GOOD PEOPLE, who have good hearts, but who have a distain for those who think that they can move in, abuse the legal systems, assault the home/landowners at will, with little to fear, and use the term ‘racism’ as a legitimate defense, not to mention defraud the welfare systems at will., and who try to push most of the blame at those who PAY for the system, rather than scrutinize those who defraud it.

  19. just asking says:

    so, if the victim was white, will this be tried as a racial hate crime? If a group of whites robbed a black man like that, you know it would be tried as a racial hate crime. I am not predjudiced, but I hate it when all the rules are enforced one way.

  20. mel says:

    How do they expect you to help give any information to the authorities on the crime if they don’t properly describe the assailants? I don’t care what color they are, you have to describe them if you expect to get help from the public. It’s not profiling, it’s a description of the offender.

  21. chris says:

    this site has been over ran by morons

  22. Mona says:

    I am the mother of the 21 year who was beaten. They “the police” in my opinion know who did this but so far not much is being done. The perps could be identified by my son, but the photos of the perps were not shown to him. My son knows who let these gang-type people in the building. The police have not questioned her as of yet (to the best of my knowledge)…and I am losing faith that they will or that they are even doing an investigation. My son is a good kid, working 120 hour days six days a week. His fiancee is attending St. Cloud State full time. They have an 18 month old daughter. I worry about their continued safety if there is no justice in this case.

  23. Mona says:

    That’s what I thought.

  24. Mona says:

    He had to miss a full week of work. There is the 200 dollar ambulance expense and the 100 dollar ER co-pay. When I drove to visit him the Tuesday after the incident…his eye was the size of a baseball or larger, still swollen shut, and I could see the shoe prints on his forehead and cheek and nose. This was an extremely violent crime–the beating was primarily to the face/head and primarily kicking and stomping. Did I say there is a possibility of permanent vision problems? (Will know more soon after follow-up doctor visits) These people NEED to be Caught and punished….please JUSTICE, please..

  25. Mona says:

    And, by the way….since when did it become a politically correct rule to call a GANG OF VIOLENT THUGS a G R O U P? Regardless of race….pleeeeeeeease a Group???? Really. That makes it sound like it could have been the girl scouts that did it. That’s idiotic….I’m not sure if I’ve heard anything more stupid.