Wednesday, December 17, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 17

December 17, 1916 – With 300 heavily armed policemen spread throughout Minneapolis in a bandit dragnet and orders to “shoot to kill,” three bandits still managed to shoot and wound A. V. Duncanson in a holdup attempt this morning.

One bullet passed through his right forearms and the other through his right thigh. Duncanson was taken to the city hospital and later to his home. He will recover.

Duncanson was accompanying Miss Blanche Lewis to her home on Duncan Ave. S. They had just left a street car when the three bandits accosted them. One covered Duncanson with a gun. Miss Lewis screamed and the other two bandits beat her. Duncanson attempted to protect the girl and was shot.

The bandits secured no money, but escaped.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Holdups Rampant in Winter Crime Carnival”; Dec. 18, 1916; p. 1.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Dec. 17, 2014,
as long as acknowledgement included.

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