HELP NEEDED: 2 women stabbed in NE Minneapolis on walk home from

HELP NEEDED: 2 women stabbed in NE Minneapolis on walk home from bar

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As Minneapolis police continue to seek out surveillance video to help them identify the suspect in what they describe as "an unusual and random" double stabbing, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.

Investigators say two women were walking home from a bar at about 12:15 a.m. when a masked man pulled a knife on them and demanded money near the intersection of Hennepin Avenue East and University Avenue Northeast. Police said one woman handed over a small amount of cash before both were stabbed and the suspect fled on foot.

Police say those who provide tips may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


SUBMIT A TIP

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers in one of the following ways:

- Call 1-800-222-8477(TIPS)
- Text TIP674 and the information to 274637(CRIMES)
- Submit a tip online via crimestoppersmn.org


Both victims, each 21 years old, were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center -- one with a punctured lung and the other with life-threatening injuries.

Investigators are currently meeting with business owners and neighborhood associations in an effort to connect with the community in the wake of the crime.

POLICE: TOURNIQUET SAVED VICTIM

"He just came behind them, grabbed the one female around the chest and put a knife to her throat and demanded money," Robbery Det. Jesse Garcia explained.

According to Garcia, after receiving a small amount of money, the man then stabbed one victim in the back and the other in the arm, cutting her brachial artery.  

Garcia said that despite her own injuries, the woman who was stabbed in the back pulled off her own shirt and put it around her friend's arm to slow the bleeding.

"Basically saved her friend's life," Garcia explained. "Officer showed up, put a tourniquet on the arm and helped save this girl's life."

RESIDENTS SHOCKED BY VIOLENCE

The brazen attack took in an area where several popular businesses can be found, including The New Bohemia. Many people, including Stephen Ravndal and his girlfriend, also live nearby.

"You don't hear that happening around here," Ravndal told Fox 9 News. "It's concerning because we are out here late on weekends, and that can happen to anybody."

Yet, although some admit they had never heard of an issue on the sidewalks there, Ginelle Edgett said she's living proof that "it can come from anywhere in the city."

"I used to live in Uptown, and I got mugged. Came up from the laundry mat, all of a sudden I couldn't feel my purse on my shoulder," she recalled. "I looked and the guy was taking off with my purse."

As part of the neighborhood association in the area, businesses hire community police officers to walk the streets. Restaurant managers say they hope people continue to feel safe enough to come.

"Hopefully, someone saw him or there is video of it," Kyle Melby said. "We would like to get justice and make sure he gets put away for awhile."


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