Wednesday, June 28, 2017

St. Anthony, Part Three

As we mentioned in the previous post, St. Anthony police patrol the streets of St. Anthony. They also patrol the streets of two other communities, Lauderdale and Falcon Heights. One of the streets that runs through both Lauderdale and Falcon Heights is Larpenteur Avenue:

On the far left of the map is Highway 280, which is roughly the border between Minneapolis and St. Paul. To the left of 280 is Minneapolis. At the far right of this map is Fry Street, which is in Falcon Heights. It is on the edge of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The intersection of Larpenteur and Fry is where Philando Castile died.

What Philando Castile did not know, and never would know, is the real reason he was stopped. As is often the case, the broken tail light on his car was a pretext, a reason to allow a cop to stop him when he was otherwise following the traffic laws.

A closer look at Larpenteur Avenue shows a local business, closer to Highway 280, in Lauderdale:

Scene of a crime
Two days prior to the traffic stop, and death, of Philando Castile, someone robbed the Super USA convenience store, located at the corner of Larpenteur and Eustis. The security camera captured this image:

The perpetrator
To the best of my knowledge, this man is still at large. He is not Philando Castile. Philando Castile is shown below:

The distance between the Super USA and the corner of Larpenteur and Fry is 1.7 miles:

A short trip
This section of Larpenteur Avenue is entirely under the jursidction of the St. Anthony Police Department. And because of what happened at one end of the road, two days prior, Philando Castile's life came to an end. More to come.


W.B. Picklesworth said...

So the robbery was at the Super USA? I used to buy Backwoods cigars there. That's just up the hill from the seminary. Somehow it didn't hit home just how close all of this was.

Mr. D said...

Yep. I've never been in there, but I've driven by there countless times.