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Crave Restaurant cited for inadequate security after rooftop shooting

Updated: July 16, 2019 10:14 PM

The city of Minneapolis has cited Crave Restaurant for inadequate security after a rooftop shooting last week and the restaurant has until July 23 to submit a new security plan to police or face sanctions on its liquor license.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS checked current crime statistics and found violent crime in the Minneapolis Police First Precinct, which includes downtown, is up more than 20% and homicides have doubled compared to the same time last year.

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Joe Tamburino is on the Downtown Neighborhood Association and lives and works downtown. He told KSTP he has a solution to the recent rise in violent crime.

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"We have nearly a half-million people in the downtown area each day of the work week," said Tamburino. "But, we only have 852 police officers and if we just increased that to 1,100 and put them on the street, I think it would deter more criminals."

Tamburino said there is a growing amount of people who are starting to get the perception that the downtown area is not safe and it is a mindset which could hurt downtown businesses.

"You have older people, single people and women that come down here at night," said Tamburino. "And, if they do not feel safe they will stop coming down here and that will hurt every business... and you can see it already is hurting some businesses."

Joanne Kaufman works at the Warehouse District Business Association and she told KSTP the city needs more police officers in the downtown area and businesses need to step up their security as well.

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"It might cost a little more money to have better security," said Kaufman. "But, the venues that use metal detectors and warn people seem to be able to keep guns from getting on to their properties."

Minneapolis Police Chief Maderia Arradondo will give a staffing update to a city council committee Wednesday morning.

KSTP reached out to the ownership of Crave Restaurant for comment, but has not yet heard back.

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