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Duluth Crime Wave

Is anybody else a little freaked out about all the crime in Duluth lately?

A 62-year-old friend of mine was walking home from work a few weeks ago and was brutally assaulted with a hammer by St. Mary’s parking ramp and the perpetrator was never found. There was no report of this in the media.

Now this week we have muggings and a bloody dead body found on Michigan St. How come the media is not covering this? Should we start a Duluth Crime Facebook page to keep each other informed?

What do you think?

18 Comment(s)

  1. There was a double-purse snatching/beating incident in Superior on the morning of Jan. 27. That’s not Duluth, but close enough. It was reported in the media.

    There were two purse snatchings in downtown Duluth — Jan. 23 and 25. Both were reported in the media.

    The dead body in Duluth was also covered by the media.

    I haven’t heard about the alleged hammering until now, but that’s absolutely not something media would actively ignore, so I suspect if it went unreported it’s because no one in the media was tipped off about it by police.

    Obviously every one of these crimes is a shame, and I have the greatest sympathy for the victims, but I’m not quite sure it constitutes a “wave” of crime. But, of course, the term is relative and cannot be neatly defined.

    Paul Lundgren | Jan 28, 2012 | New Comment
  2. Oh, there was also a fatal shooting in Superior on Jan. 15, so we do seem to be getting close to a “wave.”

    Paul Lundgren | Jan 28, 2012 | New Comment
  3. Here is a link to a crime map that tracks and marks crime in Duluth (and other cities). This was posted by baci a few years ago. Worth bookmarking if you are interested in tracking those sorts of things.

    ironic1 | Jan 28, 2012 | New Comment
  4. If Duluth needs a superhero to rid the area of crime, I think it should be Mosquito Man. He could drain the criminals of all their blood.

    But I suppose Mosquito Man’s weakness would be that he lays dormant in the soil during winter.

    Paul Lundgren | Jan 28, 2012 | New Comment
  5. No, Paul we don’t need a superhero. We should listen to Tina Turner. Google “St. Cloud Superman.”

    spy1 | Jan 28, 2012 | New Comment
  6. I’m sorry, did Duluth just become Thunderdome?

    jessige | Jan 28, 2012 | New Comment
  7. Two go in!
    One comes out!

    ironic1 | Jan 29, 2012 | New Comment
  8. Master Blaster runs Bartertown.

    in.dog.neato | Jan 29, 2012 | New Comment
  9. Not to be a post-apocalyptic womp womp, but technically:

    “Two men enter, one man leaves!”

    adam | Jan 29, 2012 | New Comment
  10. jessige | Jan 29, 2012 | New Comment
  11. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen that movie. I will not dispute the quotation.

    ironic1 | Jan 29, 2012 | New Comment
  12. I heard about the hammer attack, it was one of the muggings reported in the news.

    It’s not a crime wave, it is simply a winter that is not oppressively cold. When it is not 40 below, more people are out walking in the dark. When it is not 40 below, more criminals are not hiding in their crack dens.

    Then again, it could just be someone who is really fiending for Synthetic Marijuana… Damn you LPOE.

    Dorkus | Jan 30, 2012 | New Comment
  13. I’ve been assaulted a number of times in Duluth over the past 15 years… it helps to take precautions and avoid putting yourself in danger. When all else fails, don’t be an easy victim.

    Agreeing with the weather theory.

    If Duluth is turning into a Mad Max movie, I think my chances of survival are pretty good. I’ll be the first to establish a BDSM-esque biker gang.

    wingsofjudas | Jan 30, 2012 | New Comment
  14. Embargo…lifted!

    in.dog.neato | Jan 30, 2012 | New Comment
  15. The assault with the hammer happened on January 9 2012 @ 5:30 PM.
    The muggings were assaults on women during the daytime. One was @
    7:30 am on Wednesday on 3rd Ave East and the other was in the casino
    parking ramp @ 12:30 PM. Also heard of a prisoner that was brought
    to the courthouse for sentencing recently and escaped. Where did he go?

    Canada | Jan 31, 2012 | New Comment
  16. Embargo?

    wingsofjudas | Jan 31, 2012 | New Comment
  17. Don’t ask me … Jessege brought up Thunderdome. I was just going with it.

    in.dog.neato | Jan 31, 2012 | New Comment
  18. The Duluth Police Dept. has released an update to its investigation of the death of Edward Olson.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6:33 a.m. the Duluth Police Department, Duluth Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to a medical emergency at an office building located at 416 W. Michigan St. The caller said a male was down inside the building, unresponsive with shallow breathing.

    Officers and medical personnel arrived at 6:34 a.m. and found Edward Everett Olson, a 62-year-old Duluth resident, deceased inside an elevator. His wife, Jolette Olson, age 50, was with him.

    Edward Olson had suffered a head injury and had died sometime earlier that morning. Both Olsons were employed in a cleaning capacity inside the building, and had worked the overnight shift together. A dayshift custodian came into the building and found them and called his supervisor who then called 911.

    Duluth Police have handled the case as a suspicious death investigation. Jolette Olson has maintained through several interviews that she is unsure how injuries to Edward Olson occurred.

    The report from the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office found that Edward Olson’s blood alcohol content was .176, and he died as a result of complications from a fractured neck, which may have been caused by a fall. The Medical Examiner ruled the manner of death as “undetermined.”

    Duluth Police have met with the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office and have reviewed the case together, finding no chargeable crime present at this time.

    The Duluth Police Department is not actively seeking any suspects in this matter. Anyone with information is asked to call the Duluth Police Department Violent Crimes Unit at (218) 730-5050. The matter remains an open investigation.

    Paul Lundgren | Feb 1, 2012 | New Comment

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