By Deena Winter
The internet dubbed him “Umbrella Man.”
About a year ago, a man dressed all in black and carrying an umbrella was pictured on video smashing windows at a south Minneapolis AutoZone store amidst demonstrations against police for the murder of George Floyd.
A righteous online citizenry accused him of inciting looting and violence and sought to determine his identity and out him.
About two months after the AutoZone incident, a suspect’s name was unmasked by a search warrant, which led to a brief blizzared of news coverage.
But nobody has been arrested or charged since then.
That includes the 33-year-old rural Minnesota man who was identified in the July 27 search warrant application seeking his cell phone records. The warrant was granted, but The Reformer is not identifying the man because he has not been charged.
In the search warrant records, Minneapolis police investigator Erika Christensen said authorities were tipped off about the man’s identity. In addition to the eponymous umbrella, he wore a gas mask and was recorded using a small sledge hammer to break AutoZone windows. He is also believed to have spray-painted “free (expletive) for everyone zone” on the store doors. A video of the Umbrella Man window-smashing was posted on social media and went viral.