The Minneapolis Police Department is telling its resident that they should be “prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet” if approached by robbers, and “Do not argue or fight with the criminal. Do as they say.”
The comments were made in a city statement addressing the spike in crime the city is facing.
Look another email on how to be a perfect victim in #MplsCrime just came out, but wait @MayorFrey says Minneapolis is a safe vibrant place pic.twitter.com/1eIBY0oei9
— Hennepin County Police & Fire monitoring (@HCP_FM) July 28, 2020
Minneapolis City Government tells residents to be ready to give up their phones and wallets and to always cooperate with criminals: pic.twitter.com/qQhw4YLRSY
— Kyle Hooten (@KyleHooten2) August 1, 2020
One 99-year-old resident of the city isn’t giving in, Evelyn Johnson fought her intruder off. “He thought he was just going to cover my mouth and smother me, but that didn’t happen. I fought him. We wrestled for quite a while, according to all my bruises,” she told KSTP.
Johnson said the suspect ultimately shoved her into the bathroom and shut the door, making off with about $40 and an iPad.
“She wasn’t going to let him take her down and she fought for her life,” said Barbara Johnson, Evelyn’s daughter. “That really is incredible. At 99 and a half, I don’t know where she got the strength.”
Police confirmed they are looking for a suspect in this case but are not putting out further details at this time.
Minneapolis Police Department is warning about an increase in crime, downtown and in South Minneapolis. They said officers have responded to 100 robberies and 20 carjackings in the 3rd precinct in July alone, with most of the crimes happening north of 42nd Street East.
Johson revealed that her family has lived in South Minneapolis since 1905 but they are sad the area has been flooded with crime.
“I am surprised when I think that I’m 99 years old and was able to work off that strong, young man,” Evelyn Johnson said. “God was with me.”