MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police are investigating alleged criminal conduct “flash mobs” after 15-20 teens were reportedly assaulting and robbing unsuspecting victims.

According to a criminal complaint, around 7:45 p.m. on Friday, police were on patrol near 5th Street and Nicollet in Minneapolis to investigate these “flash mobs.” Officers noticed seven males standing around a bus stop and three males riding up Nicollet on their bikes.

As the three men on bikes approached the bus stop, several of the males surged toward them. One hit one of the bicyclists in the face, throwing him from his bike and breaking his jaw. Another bicyclist was surrounded by the males at the bus stop and attacked.

Officers approached the group and saw about 15-20 youths running around the corner from the melee. Officers ran after the group, suspected in the assaults, and were told they continued their riotous activity on a restaurant patio.

Police identified 20-year-old Antonio Dwayne Jones as one of the men suspected in the attack. After being placed under arrest, police also found a bag of suspected narcotics in his pants’ pocket and a small amount of marijuana in his coin pocket.

Jones could face fifth-degree controlled substance possession, third-degree riot and fifth-degree assault charges.

Comments (35)
  1. VKM-1 says:

    Okay… now I can’t wear a Hooded Sweatshirt… I can’t ride my bike… Can I still Pass “GO” and Collect 200 dollars ??
    I’m not even a YOUNG man- I’m Middle Age, for cryin’ out loud !
    SHEESH !!!

  2. Brett says:

    So, Minneapolis is “safer” these days? I’ve seen this happen before, sad that only ONE was caught. But as we saw with the recent taxi driver shooting, this thug will get off EASY, probably just probation.

  3. Bud says:

    That’s not a flash mob.

    It’s criminal gang activity.

  4. Carl says:

    Let’s step it up on the punishment. People aren’t taking it seriously enough to care if the police come chasing after them. Let’s whip this society with FEAR!

    1. Sera says:

      Studies show punishment doesn’t deter crime–we need to do more prevention, and be vigilant.

      Or how about punishing parent for letting their kids run around unaccountable. Going to the movies? Bring me the receipt.

  5. Darren says:

    I work at a hosptial. I listend to a 12 year old African American Femaie tell me that white people are the problem, how the F Word all os us older people were, and how she was from “THE HOOD”. and could kick any white persons “BUTT” and she ranted and raved about this for an hour. I wonder where she would get this from? Her parents? Her family? Her neighbors?

    SO If I am in Downtown Mpls, should I be looking for a group of 10 to 12 year old white youths, black youths, native youths, hispanic youths, oriental youth? Or a combination, or should I just suspect every young person out there of being a thug and a gang member.

    1. s.rena says:

      they are not gang memmers and or thugs they are kids who have parents that don’t give a damn! People of all colors needs to be parents to their children whether they are single parents or their are two parents…. i’m outragged that parents are not parenting their kids!!!!! …. I to am a parent of two teenage boys and they don’t have no privacy I go through everything, cell phones, facebook page, back packs in drawers in bedrooms their are no closed doors and most importantly I know the parents of the kids my children are hanging with… if I don’t know them and they are always encourage to come in my house to meet me as well when their children are dropped off…

      1. Russ says:

        The one person who was arrested was 20 years old. Not a parental issue when you are 20 years old. You say they are not gang members or thugs. How do you know whether or not they are gang members or thugs? The problem is these “kids” need to be caught and charged. If no one stops them someone is going to die.

      2. ragged says:

        So you’re ‘outragged’. Is that beyond ‘ragged’? What kind of clothes make you look ‘outragged’?

  6. Anonymous says:

    One of my mom’s coworkers son was hit and is in the hospital from an incident like this on St Patrick’s Day. he was in the ICU from getting punched and kicked in the head by a large group of African American teens. He and his friends were at Kieran’s Irish Pub and simply walking back to their hotel…this is why I live and stay in the ‘burbs…why go downtown? to get mugged for $40? I wish we had a “right to life” law in MN, maybe we could thin the herd of miscreants walking the streets instead of feeding them in jail later.

  7. Ralph Cramden says:

    I’m a bus driver and I constantly see theese youths riding the bus ” for free” with tolkens and bus cards provided by tax payers, distributed by schools and social programs. They go to and from downtown all night long every night of the week. This needs to stop.

  8. Gregory says:

    If you want change, you have to write your representatives. They aren’t reading this discussion forums. You have to tell your legislators (not the President, he can’t do anything about it) to keep violent people in jail, stop over crowding the jails with nonviolent offenders, end the revolving door criminal justice system. This helps you and IT ALSO helps those who live in those blighted communities WHO ARE NOT A PART OF THE PROBLEM. Do you walk the streets at night worried that an embezzler is going to jump out of the bushes? And I think we’ve learned our lesson about that stupid “stand your ground, return to the days of the wild west, shoot ’em up” law. You either want to take violence out of our lives or you don’t. You either care about those who have to live in those strife torn neighborhoods or you don’t.

  9. Darren says:

    So, Is this a hate crime? or does it only go one way?

    1. Uncle Rico says:

      No one can commit a hate crime against you if you are already spoiled in the riches of what the white secret society has to offer, LOL. This is sarcasm.

  10. Chico says:

    More cops needed. Chicago has cops everywhere. Let the cops handle these cowards.

    1. Uncle Rico says:

      Chitcago does have what appeared to be many more cops per capita, and they were incredibly responsive. I never lived in the hood, I did live in Wicker Park for a while, which was similar to Lake and Lyndale: idiots mixed with younger people, mixed with drifters, mixed with property investors etc. More cops should help, I do not see enough, however; shooting onsite would work better. They’re far too confident in committing their crimes. Knock a few off and they’ll think twice, maybe.

    2. Kevin says:

      There were 49 shootings in South Chicago during St Patricks weekend……so more cops may not help! Its the black community that needs to stand up! 4% of MN is black while 39% of MN inmates are black. We can help them pull their head out of there arse……or just keep building prisons…..

  11. Ruth Carter says:

    This was a group assault, not a flash mob. Flash mobs are not crimes: http://bit.ly/GSMyqd.

  12. will says:

    Minneapolis is too liberal to take these ‘activities’ seriously. They’ll look the other way and hope it doesn’t happen too often, or try to assign the blame on something other than where it belongs.

  13. thanks for playing says:

    I’m sorry, I will continue to call this a hate crime against whites.

    Where do you see them doing these flash mob attacks against blacks? Oh thats right, it hasn’t happened.

    I will laugh when they stumble upon someone with a conceal and carry permit.

    1. Uncle Rico says:

      They tried this garbage on a Marine in uptown last summer, I believe he was riding his bike at night as well, and he blasted one of them with his CC. Dudes a Hero in more ways than one.

  14. its time to face the truth says:

    On March 4 in Kansas City, two sixteen year old African American youths followed a thirteen year old white boy home from school. They poured gasoline on the boy, lit him on fire, and taunted him saying, “This is what you deserve, white boy.” Of course the media has ignored this incident, as it does not jive with their liberal politically correct agenda of portraying African Americans as the only victims of racial hatred. When will the media have the guts to voice the truth: A significant percentage of African Americans remained trapped in a self destructive subculture of their own making.

    1. Mr D says:

      It only matters when a Black person is the victim.

  15. Darren says:

    Sometimes the TRUTH HURTS

  16. Skog says:

    So why isnt this a hate crime ? Why is this only 5th degree criminal Assault.? How did this continue as Police were chasing the youths? Where is Al Sharpton who is so concerned about justice?

  17. Mr D says:

    That’s why my god created large capacity magazines.

  18. Rick says:

    The reason this has been over looked in Minneapolis is because the City Console and Mayor are to busy lining up funds to build a billionarie a football stadium instead of addressing hate crimes and criminal activity

  19. don't be a snitch says:

    salt of the eary these wonderful well raised children,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I’m sure mom is at home telling everyone not to tell the cops who shot that kid in the drive by and dad is,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,well dad is gone making more wonderful children.

    I’m moving to the sticks and letting the animals have the city

  20. Glock says:

    This is why I and ever other law abiding citizen should conceal carry!

  21. Sig Sauer says:

    One of these days the “victim” will turn on the mob and take a few of them out and there will be an uproar. Some of you may remember the name Bernhard Goetz – from NYC in 1984 (no not the movie). If you don’t know that name, look it up.
    Jus sayin….

    It is pathetic that these kids have no regard anymore for life or property.

  22. Frost Lake was nice says:

    In the 60’s, I went to grade school on the Eastside of St. Paul. They started to bus in the black kids from other schools. We were jumped from behind by our new classmates after school. The guys didn’t do this, the girls did!