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Crime Alert: Twin Cities Campus

On Thursday, August 21 at approximately 9:45 p.m., an attempted armed robbery occurred near the intersection of Harvard Street SE and East River Road. The victim is not affiliated with the University of Minnesota.

The victim was riding his bicycle home and believes the suspect—who was also riding a bicycle—began following him near the Franklin Avenue Bridge. At the intersection of Harvard Street SE and East River Road, the suspect pulled in front of the victim, displayed a black handgun, and demanded his valuables. The victim rode away when the suspect was distracted by a passing car. The victim did not lose any valuables and was not injured.

The victim describes the suspect as a Hispanic male, 20 to 25 years old, with brown eyes and medium length, straight black hair. The suspect is described as five feet four inches to five feet eight inches tall with a medium build, and was wearing a red shirt and baggy pants and riding a mountain bike style bicycle. University of Minnesota Police responded and searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

University of Minnesota Police are investigating this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call University of Minnesota Police at 612-624-COPS (2677) and reference case number UM-14-296375.

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Information to Know

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The University of Minnesota issues Crime Alerts for crimes that may pose an ongoing threat to the University community. These alerts are to aid the campus community in its safety and are in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.


This message was sent by the University Police Chief Greg Hestness to all Twin Cities students, faculty, and staff.