Crime Digest is a weekly blog that looks at Twin Cities crime stories outside of the Daily's coverage area.
Minneapolis teen to be tried as adult
A Minneapolis teen facing multiple felony charges will be tried as an adult, the Pioneer Press reports.
The 16-year-old is accused of participating in the assault of a teacher at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center in January. After "striking" the teacher, the teen and five others used his keys to enter another classroom, where they allegedly beat a 15-year-old rival gang member.
"The boys repeatedly struck [the victim] with their fists and threw a number of objects at him, including a chair, a coffee mug, an encyclopedia and a laptop computer," the Pi-Press says, citing a Hennepin County court affidavit.
The beating lasted about 10 minutes. The teen is facing felony charges for simple robbery and third-degree riot, as well as a misdemeanor for fifth-degree assault, according to the Pi-Press.
Burton Snowboards filmmakers cited for trespassing in St. Paul
St. Paul police issued six Burton Snowboards employees misdemeanor trespassing citations for filming on a railroad property Monday, according to a Pioneer Press article.
The snowboarder’s were using a wooden ramp to jump “20 to 30 feet onto the railroad tracks below,” the Pi-Press reports.
"We travel all over the world and film the best snowboarding, whether it be in the cities or the mountains," Burton’s film department director Brad Kremer told the Pi-press Wednesday. "We've come to Minnesota for quite some years now for a couple of reasons. First, you have good snow; second, there are really good features for urban snowboarding; third, the people are very kind."
Kremer didn’t seem too bitter about the incident, going on to say the police were polite and simply doing their job.
A short video-taped portion of the encounter is available on the Pi-Press website.
Teenage girls carjack Minneapolis cabbie
Two teenage girls are facing felony charges after robbing one taxi driver and attempting to rob another this week, the Star Tribune reports.
According to the Strib article, the 15- and 17-year-old girls took money from a cab driver and then fled in his vehicle Monday evening in south Minneapolis.
"The ladies called for service from the Target [nearby]," the taxi company owner told the Strib. "The ladies had a plan."
The two teens were arrested the following morning for attempting to do the same thing to another cab driver.
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