The 300 block of 25th Avenue North has seen its share of consistent problems, largely coming from the property at 322 25th Avenue North. (Full disclosure: an adjacent property is owned by my landlord. He claims - and the accounts of several neighbors appear to validate the claims - that recent problems are not tied to his rental property on the corner.) Over the past week, one neighbor told me of a person getting shot in the leg at that property. Another neighbor had a person collapse from a gunshot wound to the arm and upper torso - ON THEIR FRONT PORCH. And the photo above was taken earlier this evening when police were called because a fight apparently broke out among the 20-30 (alleged) drug-dealing thugs that are constantly hanging out at the property.
Frankly, things are so bad over there that it's a miracle no one has been killed yet. Wait, no. It's not a miracle. A shot spotter on the 2400 block of 4th St N recorded the shot that killed Timothy Wayne Wilson, but he died across the street from this house. (Wilson, by the way, had a record as long as your arm, and was a chip off the old block. His father was also a career lowlife criminal.) The homicide occurred when Robert Serr still owned the duplex, but it has now been sold to...
...Kausiliya Sarjoo and Michael J Bell of Minneapolis. The Facebook links are believed to be those of the two owners, based on the fact that the first name is quite unique, both state they live in Minneapolis, and Sarjoo does list Bell as a friend. If anything else came up on Google, I'd have used that instead of their Facebook accounts. But Sarjoo is practically off the grid and Michael Bell is too common of a name. The other problem in identifying these two is that both the city's and county's property information page for 322 25th Ave N allows Sarjoo and Bell to claim the address as their mailing address even though the duplex is not homesteaded and the two almost certainly don't live there.
Sarjoo's Facebook account is set privately enough that I cannot even send a message, but Bell's allows that much. So the following message has been sent to him:
Mr. Bell,I'm hoping for a positive response, but as anyone who deals with problem properties knows, the odds aren't great. Regardless, the drug dealing, violence, and shootings at 322 25th Avenue North are going to stop one way or another.
I am a neighborhood resident who lives near a property at 322 25th Avenue North in Minneapolis. City records indicate that you and a Ms. Kausiliya Sarjoo are the owners of this duplex. Over the past several months, an alarming amount of suspected illegal activity has been witnessed by people in the community, and much of that activity appears to come from the property you own.
Over the past week, neighbors have reported two shootings, with one person fleeing the scene and collapsing on an innocent bystander's front porch. Tonight squad cars were again called to the intersection, blocking it off due to what neighbors described as a street fight. Residents also report consistent activity of over twenty or thirty people at the property at all hours of the day and night.
Mr. Bell, this type of illegal and traumatizing activity simply will not be tolerated in our neighborhood. I am inviting you and Ms. Sarjoo to a meeting to discuss how we as a community can work together to bring it to a swift end. I am also extending a courtesy by informing you that I will not wait for a response before blogging about this on my personal blog, www.northbynorthside.com. The crimes happening at 322 25th Avenue North are too serious and too consistent for this to be handled privately.
Please contact me at your earliest convenience so that we can work together to resolve this very serious matter.