Roseville PD seeks information about violent assault in Autumn Grove Park

Ismail Jama, 28, of Roseville, was violently assaulted in Autumn Grove Park just before Christmas Eve. The Roseville Police Department is asking the public for information about the case.
Ismail Jama, 28, of Roseville, was violently assaulted in Autumn Grove Park just days before Christmas Eve. The Roseville Police Department is asking the public for information about the case. (photo courtesy of the Roseville Police Department)

Victim discovered in drainage ditch; currently in critical condition

The Roseville Police Department is asking the public for help regarding a violent assault that took place just before Christmas Eve in Autumn Grove Park.

Around 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24, a man walking in the park with his family discovered Ismail Jama, 28, semi-conscious in an empty drainage pond ditch at the park, which is currently under construction.

Police believe Jama, a resident of the Autumn Grove Park neighborhood, arrived at the park in his vehicle, a 2013 Hyundai Sonata, exited and locked it sometime between 5 and 10:50 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22. His vehicle was found parked and unoccupied near the park's entrance.

According to a statement, police say he was violently assaulted with an unspecified weapon near the tennis court, and they are unsure if his body was moved to the drainage ditch.

Jama was in the ditch for potentially as long as 42 hours, enduring temperatures near freezing, before he was found and transported to the hospital. He is currently in critical condition and is unable to talk to investigators.

Lt. Lorne Rosand says Jama's family and friends have been cooperative, but the department has hit a "dead end."

"We have no idea what the motive might have been," Rosand said. "It's a whodunit. We've been working the case since Christmas Eve and have exhausted all leads. We're leaning on the public, hopefully someone will know."

Anyone with any information about the case should call Minnesota Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Individuals may also call the Roseville Police Department's non-emergency dispatch line at 651-767-0640 to speak to an officer.

Johanna Holub can be reached at jholub@lillienews.com or 651-748-7813. Follow her on Twitter @jholubnews.

 

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