Light-rail mugging suspects are charged in string of attacks

  • Article by: SARAH LEMAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 26, 2009 - 11:40 PM

Two men suspected of mugging a pair of baseball fans on Sunday at a light-rail stop were charged Friday in a string of robberies at Minneapolis light-rail stations.

Andre Kimbrew and Antoine Evans, both 24, were arrested by police shortly after two victims reported being mugged in separate incidents Thursday near two light-rail stations, which are near Hiawatha Avenue.

One of the victims, identified only as A.A. in criminal complaints filed Friday in Hennepin County District Court, said he was walking away from the Franklin Avenue light-rail stop with grocery bags Thursday when he was attacked by two men. One suspect punched him until he fell to the ground. The other went through his pockets, taking $2 and a cell phone.

About an hour and a half later, a woman at the light-rail platform at Lake Street said she was attacked from behind by two men who snatched her purse and ran away.

A witness gave a detailed description of the suspects, and police found Evans and Kimbrew within a few minutes of the second attack.

Police said video surveillance of the light-rail platforms linked the pair to the attack on 52-year-old Chuck Laszewski and his 75-year-old Falcon Heights neighbor, Bobby Thomas, who were on their way to a Twins game Sunday afternoon when they were mugged at the Lake Street station.

About half an hour earlier on Sunday, a man at the bus stop near the same station said two men attacked him and stole his wallet. The man said he also saw a woman run off with the suspects.

Police said that Kimbrew told them that he and Evans committed all of the robberies, according to the complaints.

Evans and Kimbrew were each charged with four felony counts of first-degree aggravated robbery, plus one of attempted aggravated robbery.

Hennepin County jail records indicated that both men were in custody Friday evening.

Sarah Lemagie • 952-882-9016

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