St. Anthony police arrest man for injuring four people

St. Anthony police officers arrested Raphael Simmons, 32, for injuring four people and holding them in a home in the 2600 block of 29th Avenue NE the morning of May 30. 

Police first responded to a call about a “male frantically running around the neighborhood knocking on doors,” according to a department press release. 

Upon arrival, officers learned the man had been injured by an edged weapon allegedly by Simmons in a nearby home. 

Officers approached the home in question. Simmons exited the front door of the residence, according to the release. Simmons did have blood and wounds on his hands and officers could hear multiple people inside yelling for help. 

Simmons refused police commands to surrender, saying the cops would have to “shoot him” and “kill him,” before getting into his car in the driveway, the release said. 

After Simmons failed to comply with officers asking him to exit the car, the release said the officers used a Taser on him. When Simmons grabbed the steering wheel and wouldn’t let go, officers used pepper spray on him. 

Officers finally arrested Simmons, and, according to the release, an “edged weapon” was found in his front pocket. 

Once officers gained access to the home, they found three more injured people inside. All four people who’d been injured were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Simmons was treated for minor injuries before being booked and charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and third-degree assault. All of Simmons’ charges are felonies. His first appearance in Hennepin County Court was June 1.


— Solomon Gustavo

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