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PostSubject: Neighborhood Stranger Door Knocking   Sun Mar 18, 2007 5:58 pm

This was sent out in Dec 2006 but we saw someone recently that seemed to be doing this on 61st and Newton so we put it out here.

Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 11:59:20 -0600
From: "Adams, Chelsea R" <Chelsea.Adams@ci.minneapolis.mn.us>
Subject: SAFE 5.3: Door Knocking


Hello everyone,

There have been several recent accounts of a man knocking on the front door of homes. I have heard two main scenarios so far and wanted to let the neighbors know that this is happening in different blocks.


Ambulance/sick daughter story
There is a black male in his 30s or so who sometimes introduces himself as Charles Johnson, and who primarily seems to be going along 56th to 58th, across Armatage, Kenny and Windom, though he has also been seen up in Sector 2. He is asking for money. He has a long story which generally involves a daughter who has an asthma attack, and an ambulance that took her to the hospital, his wife is in Canada and has all the credit cards, he needs to pay for the ambulance and/or a prescription for his daughter. He sometimes also says he met the neighbor the year before and needs money. He also generally says he lives a few blocks over. He may be connected to a suspicious newer model blue or green Ford Bronco, but that has only been seen once in connection to him. This is a scam. This man has been walking around giving the same spiel to several neighborhoods; he is just soliciting for money. There is no way he can ‘live nearby’ down at 56th/57th and also up in the 38th block.

If you see suspicious activity or feel uncomfortable when someone like “Charles Johnson” comes by, call 911 immediately for suspicious activity/suspicious person.


Jones residence
Note that within the last two weeks there were also accounts of a black male who knocked on the front door and asked if it is the Jones residence, because he was looking for his son or daughter. This type of ploy is typical of burglars but could also be indicative of other criminal activity.

If this happens to you, call 911 immediately if it seems suspicious.


Helpful descriptions for 911/the police:
People: Look for estimated height, weight, build, age, race, gender, distinguishing features, and their clothing.
Vehicle: Look for the make, model, year, and license plate number.
For both people and vehicles: Try to track the time they came/left, and what direction they were last seen headed.


I am looking for any information anyone has regarding what exactly “Charles Johnson” looks like, what age he is, the times and dates he has been seen, and where.

Be aware that he may come to your door looking for money. So far there have been no accounts of him being harmful; he just asks for money and if the neighbor says no, he has left. He seems to be a panhandler, and generally they are not harmful people.

However, if a stranger comes to your door, be on guard; you do not know who they are or what they want, and you should listen to your instincts as to what you do. If you feel uncomfortable or anything is suspicious, call 911. Do not let people you don’t know into your home unless you are positive they are legitimate or you are completely comfortable with them.

I am looking into the recent door knocking to see if I can get any more information, so if anyone could tell me where he’s been and when, I would appreciate it. The same goes for the Jones residence incidents.

Emails work best, but you can also call me at (612) 673-2815.


Thank you,
Chelsea

CPS Chelsea Adams
Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 5th Precinct
3101 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
chelsea.adams@ci.minneapolis.mn.us
(612) 673-2815
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