Thursday, March 7, 2013
David Vassily Robakevich faces attempted murder and domestic assault charges.
A St. Louis Park man sits behind bars today, facing charges he tried to murder his live-in ex-girlfriend last week. In the early morning hours of Feb. 28, according to prosecutors, David Vassily Robakevich, 25m crept up to his former girlfriend's bed as she lay there, and began whispering into her ear. He was going to kill her, he allegedly said. According to the criminal complaint, Robakevich then seized the woman's neck and began to strangle her while reciting prayers in Russian. Robakevich allegedly continued to throttle the woman until she passed out. She came to, feeling a warm trickle of her own urine flow down her leg. When Robakevich realized his first attempt to kill his former girlfriend hadn't worked, the criminal complaint says…
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Suspect has struck at least four times in two months.
A pair of armed robberies at bus stops in St. Louis Park and Southwest Minneapolis may be related, according to the Southwest Journal. The robberies occurred on Jan. 17 and Feb. 13 at the intersection of 46th Street and Bryant Ave South in Minneapolis, on Feb. 20 at the corner of Minnetonka Boulevard and Colorado Avenue in St. Louis Park, and on Feb. 21 at the corner of Minnetonka Boulevard and Hampshire Avenue in St. Louis Park. The victims in each case gave very similar descriptions of the man who mugged them: a young black man, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, wearing a dark-colored mask and hoodie or puffy jacket, brandishing a pistol. As Patch reported last month, the St. Louis Park High School went into an hour-long lockdown after …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Roy Depaul Crawford, Jr. accused of strangling girlfriend.
Friday afternoon, Hennepin County attorneys filed domestic assault charges against a Burnsville man for allegedly trying to strangle his girlfriend, a St. Louis Park resident. According to the criminal complaint, Roy Depaul Crawford, Jr.'s girlfriend called police to her apartment on the 8300 block of West 30th 1/2 Street on Feb. 14. The woman was "distraught and missing a chunk of her own hair," the criminal complaint says. She told officers her boyfriend had been trying to leave the apartment with her car keys following an argument between the two. The argument quickly resumed and became physical. Crawford allegedly pulled his girlfriend's shirt over her face and punched her several times. He then grabbed the woman's neck and began …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
No security cameras were installed.
A few weeks before Christmas last month, a Grinch-like thief broke into a parking garage on the 400 block of Ford Road in St. Louis Park. He or she proceeded to break into and ransack four cars. The owners of two of the targeted cars told St. Louis Park police officers they couldn't find anything missing. One car had its dashboard pried apart and its radio ripped out. But in the last car, thieves stole a $100 tool set, a $30 mini pool table, a $20 throw blanket, and several wrapped Christmas presents that were kept in the back seat. The building's managers told police they did not have any security cameras watching the garage.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Standoff lasted almost 5 hours.
UPDATE 10 a.m. Dec. 16: St. Louis Park police have resolved a standoff at the 3700 block of Kipling Avenue, according to city spokesperson Jamie Zwilling. Around 5 a.m., a man living in a duplex on that block made what Zwilling called "possible threats against himself and others." In response, police blocked off the area and evacuated residents from the other side of the duplex, plus the two houses on either side of the duplex. Police believed the man had access to a firearm, but so far one has not been recovered. The evacuees were brought to Wolfe Park Pavilion while the situation was resolved. For some time, police had been unable to contact the man; as late as 8:50 a.m., Zwilling told Patch that officers weren't able to communicate with…
Sunday, November 18, 2012
A roundup of crimes and incidents reported to the St. Louis Park Police Department between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1
At 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 28, police were dispatched to the area of Susan Lindgren Elementary School on a report of a dog bite. A St. Louis Park resident living near the school tried to corner a brown Boxer or Rottweiler dog that was running free around her neighborhood. When she tried to grab the dog’s collar, the dog bit her hand and ran off. The woman said the dog was wearing a collar with silver spikes, no tags, and it had numerous cuts to its face and legs. The woman suffered six puncture wounds to her hand. Her husband took her to the emergency room. Oct. 26 The proprietors of Good News for Israel reported a "Vote Yes" sign supporting the marriage amendment was stolen from in front of the building. Oct. 27 Shortly before 11 p.m., officers…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Police say Leporshe Sapphaire Coleman used a credit card stolen from a car parked at LA Fitness to try to buy an $800 Target gift card in St. Louis Park.
An Illinois woman has been charged with stealing credit cards from a car parked outside a Twin Cities fitness center, then using one of the cards to try to buy an $800 gift card at Target in St. Louis Park. Leporshe Sapphaire Coleman, 20, is charged with credit-card fraud, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the criminal complaint, signed by St. Louis Park Police Officer Siar Nadem, officers were called to the Target store in Highway 100 on Oct. 18 to investigate a report of a stolen credit card. Store employees told police Coleman used a credit card in another woman’s name to try to purchase an $800 Target gift card. The attempted transaction was captured on store surveillance video, …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Police say they found Bree Anne Stewart sitting inside a screened porch belonging to a man who has a protection order against her.
A St. Louis Park woman with a history of domestic violence-related convictions has been charged with violating a protection order after police found her inside the screened porch of her ex-boyfriend’s home. Bree Anne Stewart, 37, is charged with violation of an order for protection, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the criminal complaint, signed by St. Louis Park Police Officer Siar Nadem, police were called to a home in the 5900 block of Cambridge Avenue early on the morning of Sept. 3 to remove an unwanted visitor. Police found Stewart inside the screened porch of the home and arrested her. The home’s resident told police that he and Stewart previously had a “significant romantic …
Friday, August 3, 2012
A look at the St. Louis Park Police Department's calls for service over the last 24 hours.
With the help of the St. Louis Park Police Department, St. Louis Park Patch is providing a daily report of the department’s calls for service over the past 24 hours. The most recent report, which comes directly from the department, is attached to this article as a PDF. You can access it to the right, underneath the police logo. St. Louis Park Patch wants to make it clear that items within the report do not necessarily indicate that crimes were committed. In fact, many of the items in a given day’s report are as simple as an officer advising a party, or an incident being cleared or a call being canceled, as indicated in the “disposition” column. It should also be noted that in the “incident type description” column, “L” corresponds with …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The incident in question occurred Sept. 22.
A Robbinsdale man has been charged in Hennepin County Court for allegedly trying to rob a St. Louis Park Subway restaurant in September. Christopher Tron Peters, 41, was charged with attempted aggravated robbery in the first degree, which is a felony, last week. He is currently in custody on $75,000 bail, with a Dec. 12 court date scheduled. According to a criminal complaint, Peters entered the Subway at 8128 Highway 7 at around 10:45 p.m. on Sept. 22. He allegedly pointed to a bulge in his pants, implying that he had a gun. Peters then pulled out a large flashlight and demanded money from the register, the complaint states. He allegedly began banging the cash register with his flashlight, saying he'd come around if he didn't get cash. The…