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Andy Mannix

Reporter | Federal courts and law enforcement
Phone: 612-673-4036

Andy Mannix covers federal courts and law enforcement for the Star Tribune. He joined the paper in January 2016 and previously covered Minneapolis City Hall and statewide criminal justice/Department of Corrections. 

Mannix teaches at the University of Minnesota journalism school, of which he's an alumnus. He holds a master's degree from University of California-Berkeley, where he focused on data-driven investigative journalism. His work for the Star Tribune includes reports about solitary confinement conditions in Minnesota prisons, the use of sedatives in police encounters and several high-profile officer-involved shootings. Prior to joining the Star Tribune, Mannix wrote about a variety of topics, such as crime, recreational marijuana and politics, for publications including The Seattle Times, MinnPost, City Pages and The Minnesota Daily. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and a dog named Laika.
Recent content from Andy Mannix
Man whose erratic behavior led to flight landing in MSP pleads guilty to cocaine charge

Man whose erratic behavior led to flight landing in MSP pleads guilty to cocaine charge

Mark A. Scerbo, of Mechanicville, N.Y., scared other passengers by calling them racial slurs, professing his love and claiming to be a prophet.
Sarah Jean Elwood and Jeffrey Paul Jackson

She bought 47 guns last month. Police are already finding them in shooting investigations.

ATF says more people legally purchase weapons, then sell on black market.
Bryce Williams, 26, of Staples, recently pleaded guilty to federal arson in connection with the burning of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third

Ex-college basketball player, TikTok influencer sentenced for burning Third Precinct

Bryce Michael Williams is the last of four men to be sentenced for burning down the police station during riots after the murder of George Floyd last summer.
Coaching has for years been a topic of interest for reformers of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Lawsuit seeks release of hundreds of Mpls. police misconduct files

The lawsuit says Minneapolis uses a linguistic loophole to hold back records that should be public under state data law.
City surveillance cameras show a suspect alleged to Shador Tommie Cortez Jackson with a shirt over his head looking at damage at Target headquarters o

Richfield man sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to burn down Target HQ during downtown riot

A judge sentenced a Richfield man to two years and nine months in prison Wednesday for conspiring to set fire to Target's corporate headquarters in…
Derek Chauvin was convicted three weeks ago on charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. (Minnesota Departm

Derek Chauvin appears before federal judge on civil rights charges

It was Chauvin's first court date since he was convicted of murder and manslaughter.
Twin Cities man gets 5 years for stealing 19 handguns from gun shops

Twin Cities man gets 5 years for stealing 19 handguns from gun shops

A federal judge in St. Paul sentenced a 31-year-old man to more than five years in prison Friday for taking part in the thefts of…
Los Angeles Times photographer Carolyn Cole is shown moments after she was pepper sprayed by Minnesota State Patrol troopers, according to a lawsuit f

Los Angeles Times reporters assaulted by Minnesota State Patrol during unrest, suit says

Carolyn Cole and Molly Hennessy-Fiske say they identified themselves as media, but the troopers didn't stop.
HCMC paramedics moved a person from Augustana Apartments who was having difficulty breathing to a nearby ambulance on Nov. 13, 2020.

HCMC staff demand hospital reduce use of 'medical force'

The hospital system too often resorts to sedating, secluding and physically restraining patients — especially patients of color — who are deemed uncooperative, a group of doctors and nurses says in a petition.
With the anniversary of George Floyd’s death Tuesday, its political reverberations have been felt nationwide. While some cities are cutting back the

George Floyd's killing gave new momentum to the drive to change policing. Will it last?

The killing of George Floyd inspired a reckoning in major cities across the nation. But in a moment of intense political division, the future is far from clear.
Child shot in the head in north Minneapolis

Child shot in the head in north Minneapolis

Police say the shooter fired at a home out of a car and struck the young girl, who was playing in a yard.
A man held a portrait of Daunte Wright against the fence at a protest on April 17, 2021, outside the Brooklyn Center Police Station. The City Council

Brooklyn Center passes sweeping police reform package

The proposals will remake the city's police force with more independent oversight, prohibit arrests for low-level offenses and use unarmed civilians to handle minor traffic violations. The reforms also will make a new city department to oversee public safety.
Andre Moore, right, said he suffers PTSD from the treatment at the hands of cops.

Botched Minneapolis drug case raises troubling question: Was the confidential informant real?

Minneapolis police arrested Andre Moore with two pounds of meth. But when two public defenders started asking whether the informant really existed, the case fell apart.
J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao

Date set, then retracted for federal civil rights trial for three former Minneapolis officers

The federal trial will not precede the state's trial.
Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.

4 ex-Minneapolis cops indicted on civil rights charges in George Floyd death

The new charges allege Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao used their positions as police to deprive George Floyd of his constitutional rights.
Branden M. Wolfe. (Hennepin County Sheriff/TNS) ORG XMIT: 1684735

For helping torch Third Precinct, he gets prison, $12M restitution

Branden Michael Wolfe, 23, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison in federal court this week.
In September, the first federal trial in Minnesota since the start of the pandemic required retrofitting of the courtroom to deter infection. GLEN STU

Minnesota's federal courts moving back to in-person operation

The first in-person trial is scheduled to begin May 13.
Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.

Feds plan to indict Chauvin, 3 other officers on civil rights charges

Justice Department officials discussed arresting Chauvin in the courthouse in the civil rights case if he were found not guilty, according to sources.
Attorney General Merrick Garland: “Yesterday’s verdict in the state criminal trial does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minnea

U.S. launches broad civil rights investigation of Mpls. police

The U.S. Department of Justice will undertake a sweeping investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a "pattern and practice" of illegal conduct, including whether officers routinely used excessive force during protests.
People reacted to the news of a guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd. Jurors

Minneapolis streets erupt in elation over guilty verdicts for Derek Chauvin

Hundreds gathered outside the courthouse to hear the jury's decision.
Photos from Sunday’s drive-by shooting released by Minnesota National Guard.

Man charged after drive-by shooting at National Guard soldiers in Minneapolis

Andrew Thomas, 28, is charged with illegal possession of a firearm.
Diamond Sheriff helped attach some of the hundreds of air fresheners to a new fence surrounding the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Thursday, Apr

After Daunte Wright's killing, criticism of 'pretextual' traffic stops grows

They net minor violations, target nonwhites, don't cut crime, research shows.
Police used flash bombs and irritants at the Brooklyn Center police station after a rally Tuesday responding to the death of Daunte Wright.

Protesters, police clash for third night after Daunte Wright's death

An estimated 800 to 1,000 protesters were outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department. Dozens of officers in riot gear, along with National Guard, stood on the other side of a metal fence. As the crowd shouted and shook the fence, police began deploying flash-bang grenades.
Protesters clashed with police over the shooting death of Daunte Wright on Monday at a rally at the Brooklyn Center Police Department.

More unrest as chief says officer meant to use Taser on Wright

After post-curfew clashes outside the Brooklyn Center police station Monday night, officials said 40 people were arrested. In Minneapolis, more than a dozen were arrested for looting and curfew violations.
FBI arrests 2nd Minnesotan this week in storming of U.S. Capitol

FBI arrests 2nd Minnesotan this week in storming of U.S. Capitol

Jonah Westbury, 26, of Lindstrom, was arrested Friday morning. The charges will likely be unsealed later in the day.
Pro-Trump supporters pushed back against police at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6.

Minnesota woman charged in Jan. 6 attack on U.S. Capitol

Rochester woman will make her first appearance in federal court Thursday.
A Nation Guard humvee blocked the road leading to the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on Inauguration Day.

Charges: St. Cloud 'Boogaloo Bois' member planned attack on St. Paul Capitol

Michael Paul Dahlager, 27, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of possessing an illegal machine gun.
An image of Matthew Lee Rupert in front of a burning building in Minneapolis (Facebook) ORG XMIT: CgKql52krKbor-3jupD2

Illinois man who livestreamed riot trip to Minneapolis pleads guilty to arson

Matthew Rupert was the first to be charged federally in the riots. He faces a minimum of five years in prison.
In this Feb. 21, 2015, photo, Jack O’Callahan, left, and Mark Pavelich of the 1980 U.S. ice hockey team talk during a “Relive the Miracle” reuni

'Miracle' star Mark Pavelich died by suicide, medical examiner concludes

The hockey legend was found dead in a residential treatment facility last month.
David Kirchner from the Legislative Auditor’s office looked on as Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell testified at a joint hearing o

Judge allows lawsuit over Minnesota's care of prisoners during pandemic to proceed

A Ramsey County Judge ruled the suit can be certified as a class action and add Gov. Tim Walz and Health Commissioner Janet Malcolm as plaintiffs.
A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigation led to the recent arrest of a Blaine man accused of violating a law against carryi

Blaine man already accused of rioting arrested on federal gun charge

Thomas Wilder Moseley, 29, is charged with carrying a gun "while being an unlawful user of, and addicted to, controlled substances."
Layla Jackson

Lawsuit: Hennepin County, social workers failed to stop murder of infant in foster care

Foster father convicted of killing 18-month-old girl.
The St. Louis County jail in Duluth (Star Tribune file photo by Alex Kormann)

Former Minnesota jail worker sues, says a corrections officer choked her in 'training exercise'

Lawsuit:  St. Louis County officer has a history of choking new employees.
Mohamed Hussein Abdi, 19, of Maplewood, was charged Tuesday in federal court with arson in connection with the May 28 fire and vandalism at  Gordon Pa

Maplewood man pleads guilty to conspiracy to light St. Paul school on fire during riots

Mohamed Hussein Abdi lit a fire in the school cafeteria and threw rocks at police officers, he said.
Justice Paul Thissen wrote the unanimous decision, saying the lower court’s definition of mentally incapacitated in the case “unreasonably strains

Court: Rape victims not 'mentally incapacitated' unless forcibly intoxicated

The far-reaching decision also gives a man convicted of third-degree sexual assault a new trial.
Autumn Larson says she suffered these injuries after being hit by a police projectile during the protests over George Floyd’s killing.

Lawsuit: Minneapolis police shot driver with projectile, knocked her out at wheel

Autumn Larson says police violated her constitutional rights while she attempted to drive away from protests and riots taking place after the killing of George Floyd.
Three finalists have emerged in the search for Minnesota’s next U.S. attorney: From left, Andrew Luger, who held the job from 2014 to 2017, and form

Three finalists emerge in search for Minnesota's top federal prosecutor

Search narrows to replace Trump appointee Erica MacDonald.
Minnesota casino employee pleads guilty to pocketing $315k from tribal organization

Minnesota casino employee pleads guilty to pocketing $315k from tribal organization

Jennifer Boutto worked for Fortune Bay Resort Casino.
Drew Evans, Superintendent of the BCA, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, stood in space originally designed as a gun range. He hopes to expand the Minn

To stop domestic terror threat, Walz looks to little-known team

The governor wants to turn the Fusion Center into a round-the-clock operation. Watchdogs worry about privacy violations of more surveillance.
Lyon County man pleads guilty to shooting diesel pipeline, spilling 3,900 gallons of fuel

Lyon County man pleads guilty to shooting diesel pipeline, spilling 3,900 gallons of fuel

A Lyon County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal misdemeanor for shooting an oil pipe in Cottonwood, Minn., resulting in a $1.1 million cleanup…
About two months after taking office, new U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald's priorities for Minnesota are coming into clearer view with the formation

Veteran federal prosecutor, Minnesota native named state's interim U.S. attorney

Anders Folk, a graduate from Hopkins High School and University of Minnesota, will be sworn in Monday.
Samantha Wright

Lawsuit alleges police permanently injured protester's eye during riots

Samantha Wright 'was protesting near Lake and Nicollet.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Feds convene grand jury for civil rights investigation into Derek Chauvin

After months of quiet, the Justice Department has convened a grand jury and called police witnesses in the federal investigation, sources say.
Jose Felan Jr. and Mena Dyaha Yousif

Rochester couple suspected of torching St. Paul school, stores during civil unrest are caught in Mexico

St. Paul school was set on fire after Floyd's death.
Minneapolis’ early voting center, shown in June. A federal court settlement prohibits a private security company from deploying armed guards within

Settlement: Security firm can't deploy armed agents near Minnesota polls

Advocacy groups sued Tennessee security firm over voter intimidation tactics.
Sumalee Intarathong

Alleged boss in sophisticated sex trafficking ring extradited from Belgium to Minnesota

Sumalee Intarathong, 59, made her first court appearance this week.
Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes spoke Thursday about the charges against Gregory Ulrich after the attack at an Allina Health clinic in Buffalo, Min

Charges: Buffalo man opened fire, ignited 3 bombs at clinic

Gregory Ulrich, 67, faces seven charges, including murder and attempted murder, for the terror that left four injured, one dead. The investigation also revealed that despite a restraining order and an arrest for violating it, Ulrich used a permit from the Buffalo Police Department to purchase the handgun, according to a law enforcement source involved in the case.

Many red flags went ignored for Buffalo clinic shooting suspect

Gregory Ulrich threatened to shoot up the hospital and violated restraining orders in the years before this week's tragic shooting.
Investigators with the Buffalo Police Department, Wright County Sheriff’s Office and Minneapolis police searched the residence of Buffalo shooting s

Buffalo shooting suspect had threatened 'mass shooting' of Minnesota hospital in 2018

Gregory Ulrich violated a restraining order at the clinic in November 2018, court records show.
U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald, announced the biggest elder fraud telemarketing scam in the United States, a conspiracy that bilked more than $300 mill

Minnesota's top federal prosecutor to heed Biden's call for resignation

Erica MacDonald will resign her post as U.S. Attorney in Minnesota this month.
A bomb threat had University of St. Thomas building John R. Roach Center For The Liberal Arts evacuated Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in St. Paul.

Former St. Thomas student sentenced to a year in federal prison for calling in bomb threats to postpone final exams

Raymond Persaud, 22, apologized to the court Tuesday for inciting panic at the St. Paul college.
Drug dealer pleads guilty in 3-pound meth bust

Drug dealer pleads guilty in 3-pound meth bust

Senif Joel Garza, 24, faces a mandatory-minimum of 10 years in federal prison.
Minneapolis police officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng restrained Adrian Drakeford face down as officers Derek Chauvin and Luis Realivasquez l

Before Floyd, 3 officers on video roughly detained wrong man

The video from May 3, 2020, bears striking similarities to footage showing three of the same officers — Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng — aggressively detaining Floyd.
Myrian Parada

Jury awards $30,000 over Anoka County jail policy for foreign-born immigrants

Woman is awarded $30K after 2017 arrest, 5 hours in jail and ICE detention.

Suit tests Anoka jail's 'unwritten policy' of reporting immigrants

Woman says county detained her to contact immigration officials.
Lawsuit: Goodhue Police Chief sent sexual advances, images of genitals to female officer

Lawsuit: Goodhue Police Chief sent sexual advances, images of genitals to female officer

The city then claimed to hire an investigator to look into the incident but failed to do so, according to the allegations.
Jason R. Karimi

St. Paul man charged with threatening member of Congress five days after attack on Capitol

Jason Robert Karimi, 32, told the FBI agent he only meant "political pain."
A Snapchat by Dayton Sauke shows that he spoke of killing police officers.

Owatonna man who threatened to kill cop at Capitol rally remains jailed on gun charge

Dayton Sauke remains jailed after cop-killing threats and gun charge.
Border patrol seizes 40,000 illegal pills destined for Brooklyn Park

Border patrol seizes 40,000 illegal pills destined for Brooklyn Park

Border patrol agents intercepted more than 40,000 illegal pills, worth a total of $12,000, destined for an address in Brooklyn Park.Officers in Minneapolis stopped the…
Dayton Sauke of Owatonna posted multiple photos of himself on Snapchat illegally possessing firearms and threatening to kill law enforcement, federal

Charges: Owatonna man threatened to kill police at last weekend's pro-Trump rally

Undercover ATF agents arrested Dayton Sauke after he sold them a gun on Friday, just before the rallies.
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, left, and Mayor Jacob Frey in a file image. On Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, Arradondo said, "Good peace officers do not wan

Police watchdog group says Minneapolis uses legal loophole to hide police misconduct

The Minneapolis Police Conduct Oversight Commissions says it will renew the push to unlock 'coaching' cases, citing examples that some cases are more serious than city has let on.
An estimated 100 troopers flanked the sidewalks and stood on the State Capitol steps while rallygoers gathered in St. Paul on Saturday.

Pro-Trump Capitol rally in St. Paul yields low turnout amid heavy security

About a dozen supporters of President Donald Trump who gathered for a "Freedom Fest" rally at the Minnesota State Capitol Saturday were vastly outnumbered by law enforcement.

Federal charges: Canadians with violent criminal histories busted transporting 67 guns in Minnesota

Both men had outstanding warrants for violent crimes in their home country.
One of the photos from a Popular Science story on Ken Miller was included in a warrant to search his Brownsville residence.

Rural Minnesota man who made illegal explosives for Hollywood and NFL sentenced to federal prison

A man who ran a business manufacturing and selling homemade explosives out of a shed in southeastern Minnesota was sentenced to one year and…
Postal sting nets 13.5 pounds of meth bound for Minneapolis address, charges say

Postal sting nets 13.5 pounds of meth bound for Minneapolis address, charges say

Postal inspectors and law enforcement busted Victor Damien Armenta by creating a decoy package and waiting to see who picked it up.
Corey Roscell Chester

Minneapolis man charged in brazen East Lake jewelry store robbery

Corey Roscell Chester, 29, is set to appear in court Tuesday on federal charges related to the 2019 robbery.
Bayle Gelle, of Eden Prairie, arrived at the gas station Thursday morning with several supporters and identified his 22-year-old son, Dolal Idd, as th

What we know about the Minneapolis police killing of a man during a traffic stop

Police say they approached the man in a "felony stop," a loose term officers have yet to define, and the suspect shot at them first.
James Richard Ardito

Man charged with holding up same Minnesota bank he just got out of prison for robbing

James Richard Ardito was convicted in 2009 for robbing the same bank.
A photo provided by the Ford County Sheriff’s Office shows Michael Hari, who prosecutors said had founded a militia group that espoused anti-Muslim

After mosque bomber conviction, Twin Cities faith leaders want new laws combating domestic terrorists

Legal experts say the government must prioritize homegrown attackers, but some worry new laws could be abused to target protesters.
The Minneapolis Third Police Precinct station was set on fire during a third night of protests following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapoli

Courts, FBI contradict Trump claims of 'antifa led' riots in Mpls.

Dozens of state and federal charges show disorganized crowds with no single goal or affiliation that vastly outnumbered police and took advantage of a lawless scene following the death of George Floyd.
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Sherburne County (Minn)Sheriff's Office shows Benjamin Ryan Teeter. Weapons counts have been added

Boogaloo Bois member pleads guilty to trying to sell weapons to Hamas

22-year-old could face up to 20 years in prison.
Dylan Robinson

Brainerd man pleads guilty to helping light Third Precinct fire

Another man pleaded guilty last month to the same charge.
In this July 2017 booking photo released by Ford County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Hari is seen on an assault charge. Hari, 47, allegedly intended fo

Illinois man found guilty of bombing mosque in Bloomington

In the end, it took jurors only half a day to convict Michael Hari: Guilty on all five charges.
Imam Mohamed Omar led afternoon prayers outside Dar Al Farooq Center Islamic Center in Bloomington on Aug. 5, 2017, after a bombing at the mosque.

Fate of alleged Minnesota mosque bombing mastermind goes to jury

Attorneys gave closing arguments Tuesday in the case against Michael Hari, 49, who is accused of masterminding the bombing of Dar Al-Farooq mosque in 2017.
Officials investigated an explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq mosque in Bloomington in 2017. A DNA expert testifiedThursday that a hair found there didn’

Defense experts question evidence linking Illinois man to Bloomington mosque bombing

The defense called its first witnesses in the trial Thursday morning.