A Maple Grove man recently redefined the Scenic Byway in Southwest Minneapolis.
On Feb. 21, police reported seeing Stephen Roy Dombeck, 63, walking at the intersection of Dupont Avenue South and Minnehaha Parkway wearing only two articles of clothing—a pair of high heels. According to police, Dombeck saw the officers, ran to his car and drove away. Officers tracked him down, and took him into custody.
Dombeck was treated for cuts to his feet, sustained while running in heels in the snow. He was booked at Hennepin County Jail for indecent exposure and an outstanding Washington County warrant.
The larger lesson: Wear sensible shoes for the occasion.
Here are other neighborhood highlights from the Minneapolis Police blotter:
A car was reported missing and presumed stolen on the 4700 block of Nicollet Avenue South. The owner reported parking and locking his car at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20, only to find at 6:20 a.m. on Feb. 21 that, as the police report succinctly says, “unknown persons with unknown tools gained access to the vehicle, took the vehicle, and left in an unknown direction.”
Donald Duane Korb, 75, of Richfield was cited for a traffic-related petty misdemeanor at the intersection of 56th Street and Dupont Avenue South. Traveling southbound on Dupont, Korb allegedly stopped at the intersection, then slowly drove forward and struck another car. The victim’s car slid off the road and into a tree. The victims suffered minor injuries and the car fared worse—“extensive damage.”
A house on the 3700 block of Blaisdell Ave South was reported burglarized between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
The upper and lower levels of a duplex on the 4600 block of Lyndale Avenue South were reported burglarized. Police believe the events are related.
A patron at the SuperAmerica gas station at the corner of 40th Street and Lyndale withdrew cash from the store’s ATM, but didn't remove the money from the machine’s slot. Instead, she went to check her SuperAmerica rewards points. When she returned to the machine, her cash was gone and presumed stolen.
A resident from the 6000 block of Knox Avenue South reported her credit card had been used with online merchants to buy $4,318 worth of computers.
A 16-year-old from the 4800 block of Xerxes Avenue reported his friend had stolen his iPhone during a visit to the friend’s house. The teen reported his friend had previously listed “a number of cell phones” for sale on his MySpace page.
Items were reported stolen from a rental car at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. Victims were visiting from Boise, ID.
A resident of the 5800 block of Clinton Ave South arrived home to find his front door kicked in. However, nothing seemed missing or out of place, and neighbors said they didn’t hear or see anything. Police report didn't comment on whether ninjas were present in the neighborhood.
Police responded to a rollover at the intersection of 61st Street and Nicollet Avenue. Police say the lone occupant of the car, Robert Douglas Bogue, of Richfield, struck an oncoming car, rolling his vehicle. Police say Bogue smelled of alcohol and blew a .290 on a blood-alcohol test. Bogue was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center and given another blood-alcohol test. Pending results, he faces charges of Driving While Intoxicated in the third degree.
Police responded to a report of a “slumper” in a left-turn lane along France Avenue. Fire personnel broke the passenger side window as the driver, Phillip Crosson, of West St. Paul, was non-responsive. Emergency crews discovered he was merely sleeping, but was “not in any condition to drive.” Police say officers smelled the strong odor of marijuana and found a small baggie of the substance in the center console, along with unspecified drug paraphernalia. Crosson was cited for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana in a motor vehicle and released at a nearby friend’s house, upon his request.
Police and fire crews responded to a car on fire on the 5300 block of Drew Ave South. The fire’s cause was not immediately apparent.
Police cited Bonnie Mae Rezsutez, 34, of Ramsey, Branden Earl Morris, 28, of Hopkins, and Diana L Salb, of Champlin for lurking and possession of drug paraphernalia after searching their car on the 4500 block of 1st Avenue South in response to a narcotics complaint. Rezsutez told police the trio had just bought drugs from a nearby friend, and officers found a crack pipe and other drug paraphernalia in the car.
A resident of the 4500 block of Washburn Avenue South reported her purse was stolen by a passerby at 7:15 p.m. after leaving the purse in her car when she went back inside her home to grab her phone.
A dog walker walking around Lake Harriet reported her car’s window was smashed and purse stolen from underneath the driver’s seat in the parking lot of the Lake Harriet Bandshell.
Police cited three people for having dogs off-leash—one in Lyndale Farmstead Park, another at Burroughs Community School and the third along Minnehaha Creek in the vicinity of 5200 Morgan Avenue South.
Police responded to a report of a domestic assault in progress on the 3600 block of Bryant Avenue South. The victim refused police assistance, saying she didn't want the male friend who had allegedly assaulted her to be arrested.