Neighbors gathered around late-night backyard fires should have their guard up for armed robbers who struck twice in south Minneapolis over the weekend, police said Sunday.
The Minneapolis Police Department is especially alerting residents of the Page and Hale neighborhoods to be on the lookout for the suspects.
Two individuals, one armed with a handgun, came into the back yard of a house in the 5200 block of Chicago Avenue S. at 1:45 a.m. Saturday where residents and others were gathered. The robbers demanded that everyone turn over cash, wallets and other valuables.
A similar incident occurred about 2:45 a.m. Sunday in the 5200 block of 10th Avenue S. as two suspects entered a backyard from the alley. During a confrontation, one adult male was shot in the abdomen before the suspects fled on foot, police said. The man was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.
Police said the suspects in both cases were 14 to 20 years old, wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up and bandanas over their faces.
Man, when you aren't safe at your own backyard barbecue...