Minneapolis man charged in downtown parking ramp assault


A Minneapolis man was charged with assault and robbery in connection with a robbery and stabbing in a Minneapolis parking ramp, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

Benjamin Love, 45, was charged with first-degree assault and three counts of aggravated robbery. He is expected to make his first appearance Monday.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to the second level of Ramp B just before 1 a.m. Sunday. Three women were crying and tending to a fourth woman lying on the floor of a car and she had a small cut on her chest. She was taken to the hospital for surgery and she remains hospitalized.

The four women were downtown together Saturday night and early Sunday morning went to the parking ramp to get their car and drive home. Love joined them in the elevator and waited for them to get out on the fourth floor. Just before the elevator door closed, he put his hands on the door to force it open, the complaint states.

He then caught up to the women, pulled out a knife and began grabbing the women and their purses. He sliced the hand of one woman and then stabbed the other one in the chest. He fled with one purse and the women drove to the second level and waited for police, according to the complaint.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)