The risks of lawn care in Minneapolis

This summer Minneapolis Mayor Rybak contributed memorably to the city’s collection of fatuous quotes on the subject of crime when he assured citizens that “Minneapolis is a safe city for those not involved in high-risk lifestyles.” Among the high-risk activities leading to criminal victimization this summer have been sleeping at home in bed and riding a city bus. Today’s Star Tribune adds another: “Minneapolis man beaten and kidnapped by 3 men”:

A 21-year-old Minneapolis man mowing his yard Tuesday evening was kidnapped at gunpoint, duct-taped to a chair and beaten in an apparent robbery, police said.
He was approached about 9:45 p.m. by three men trying to sell a power washer before he was forced into a vehicle, said Capt. Rich Stanek. He was driven a short distance to a duplex near Lowry and Emerson Avenues N.
A woman called 911 and said she saw a man tied up in a chair, slumping and being held by several violent gang members, Stanek said. A SWAT team burst into the house about 11:15 p.m. and found the victim in the basement, he said.
“The man said, ‘Thank God you’re here. I love you guys so much,’” Stanek said.

Gardeners, consider yourselves forewarned.

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