Minneapolis Police investigate group of Somali men terrorizing Lake Calhoun
Minneapolis police are investigating a series of incidents involving a group of 20-30 Somali men reportedly making terror threats have in the Lake Calhoun neighborhood of Minneapolis.
A Minneapolis police report obtained by KSTP.com shows on June 28, 2016, a group of approximately 20-30 Somali males drove into the upscale Linden Hills neighborhood near Lake Calhoun in approximately five cars. Screen shots of the police report show that the men questioned a woman about her knowledge of Sharia Law and that it was legal for them to kidnap and rape her. In the video from KSTP.com below, the woman’s identity and voice are disguised and she appears shaken and afraid as she describes the scene.
The screenshots shown in the video of the police report explain the men also waved a Somali flag and shot bottle rockets while screaming and driving on sidewalks and lawns.
In a July 9, 2016 article, columnist and author, Pamela Geller (founder, editor and publisher of Atlas Shrugs.com, President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA)), stated that the reported incident was the second time the neighborhood had been terrorized by a group of “uninvited visitors.” Geller describes the incident in more detail (“Penskey” is the name given to the unidentified victim):
It was the last week of Ramadan, and the men were wearing traditional Islamic robes…
The older group that showed up the next day was not so subtle. Nor would they be so easily dismissed.
“Hey, hey… hey,” they yelled as she (the victim) was taking out her trash.
“We want to live in your house. We want to marry you.”
“No, I already have a husband, but have a good day,” Penskey replied.
The men starting jostling with each other and yelling things that were hard to understand. At least five other cars were driving recklessly through the narrow streets, setting off bottle rockets, their passengers hanging off of the door frames, some even riding on the hood, yelling, “Jihad!”
They ran over some neighbors’ lawns and reportedly beat up one resident’s dog.
“Do you know Shariah law?” one of the older men in robes yelled at Penskey.
Having lived overseas, Penskey knew about Shariah law and its rules for man-woman relationships and Muslim-non-Muslim relationships.
“Yes,” she said, walking back toward her garage.
“We can kidnap you and rape you!” the men shouted back at her.
She shut the garage door and ran inside to call police.
“I didn’t yell at them. I didn’t do anything, just tried to shut the door and get back inside, so it’s like there were some bad apples one day, and then there were some really bad apples the next,” Penskey told WND in a phone interview Wednesday. Her husband was not home during either of her first two encounters with the Somali men.
Many neighbors called police on the second morning of what some are calling the Somali “wilding,” a day of brazen intimidation that started in Linden Hills using fireworks and fake guns and spread to the adjacent beach on Lake Calhoun.
“On the second day, multiple neighbors were running out, trying to get license plate numbers, and were on the phone with the police. They were running outside, barefoot. One woman came and swept up her child and took her back in the house,” Penskey said. “Imagine six cars driving 50 mph through a residential street, then slamming on the brakes, driving on lawns, exploding fireworks. They almost hit one child and actually did hit one of their own.”
Several of the Somalis carried black flags that Penskey said resembled the ISIS flag.
A man in his sixties was reportedly threatened by one Somali who demanded that he erase the picture of his license plate from the man’s camera.
Police took up to three hours to arrive. The dispatchers told Penskey they didn’t have enough officers on duty to confront 20 or more men. The police did periodic drive-bys to monitor the situation. When they did show up, the worst offenders were gone.
The police report says officers arrived to find a female victim, Penskey, who was “very distraught and alone. Crying.”
She had called 9-1-1 three times that day. An officer arrived once earlier but only wrote a minor traffic ticket to one of the rioters. The main instigators had fled before police got there.
That incident, however, was not the last the neighborhood would see of the group. According to Geller, another group of Somali men showed up the next day while “Penskey’s” husband happened to be home:
“They slowed the car down, waved at my husband with the windows open and played a recording of what sounded like a woman being raped, blasted it from their car speakers,” Penskey said. “Then they parked their car, and my husband came upstairs and said call 9-1-1 now and stay away from the windows.”
The robed Somalis scared vacationers off the beach that morning, reportedly using their duffel bags as fake guns, pointing them at families and pretending to shoot them, one by one. The sound of exploding bottle rockets crashed through the heavy morning air.
“The beach emptied out real quick. It was about 10 a.m., and there weren’t a lot of people out there. But those who were got up and immediately walked toward the parking lot yelling, ‘Call the cops!”…
Police arrived much faster this time, within three minutes. But, again, the older ones who were the main instigators had already driven away.
The mob terrorizing a local community is reminiscent of the mobs of recently-arrived refugee men terrorizing women in European countries over the past few years.
Last month a Federal Jury found three Somali-American Minnesota men guilty of plotting to join ISIS. The charges carry a life sentence.
Alpha news requested the complete police report from the Minneapolis police regarding the terror threat in Lake Calhoun. We will post an update here once the information becomes available.