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Crime Alert: Twin Cities Campus and March Holmes

Sunday, January 25, 2015

On Sunday, January 25 at approximately 2:30 a.m., a robbery occurred off campus on the footbridge that connects Van Cleve Park and 8th Street SE, near the intersection of 8th Street SE and 14th Avenue SE. The victim is not affiliated with the University of Minnesota.

The victim was walking on the footbridge when a group of four males wearing ski masks came up from behind, threatened him with a gun, and demanded his valuables. The suspects took the victim's wallet, cell phone and phone charger and fled southbound on 14th Avenue.

Detailed descriptions are not available as the suspects were wearing ski masks. Prior to the robbery, witnesses observed the group in the alley north of 8th Street between 13th and 14th Avenue.

Minneapolis Police are investigating this off-campus crime. Anyone with information is asked to call the University of Minnesota Police Department at 612-624-COPS (2677) and reference case number MP-15-028207.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

On Friday, January 23 at approximately 11:00 p.m., a University of Minnesota student was the victim of a robbery and assault. The crime occurred on campus near Williamson Hall.

The victim was walking northbound on the Williamson Hall Plaza when a group of four males approached him from behind. One of the suspects struck the victim in the face, and the four suspects confronted the victim and demanded his valuables. The victim surrendered his wallet, phone and headphones, and the four suspects fled west on Pillsbury Drive and then north on Pleasant Street toward Dinkytown. The victim suffered a chipped tooth in the assault, but was not seriously injured.

The victim describes the four suspects as follows:

Suspect 1 is described as a black male, approximately 15 to 21 years old, five feet six to five feet eight inches tall with a medium build and brown eyes. The suspect was wearing a dark jacket with white stripes on the shoulders.

Suspect 2 is described as a black male with a dark complexion, approximately 15 to 21 years old, five feet six to five feet eight inches tall with a medium build. The suspect was wearing a black jacket and carrying a black backpack.

Suspect 3 is described as a black male with a dark complexion, approximately 15 to 21 years old, five feet six to five feet eight inches tall with a medium build, brown eyes and black hair. The suspect was wearing a gray, long-sleeved hoodie.

Suspect 4 is described as a black male with a dark complexion, approximately 15 to 21 years old, five feet six to five feet eight inches tall with a medium build, brown eyes and black hair. The suspect was wearing a dark gray hoodie and a black jacket.

Approximately two hours later, University of Minnesota Police stopped four juveniles who matched the suspect descriptions provided by the victim. Three arrests were made, and one suspect fled and was not located. UMPD is working to determine if the juveniles identified are in fact the suspects in the case. More details will be provided as they become available.

University of Minnesota Police are investigating this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call the University of Minnesota Police Department at 612-624-COPS (2677) and reference case number UM-15-026598.

 

Information to Know

The University of Minnesota does not tolerate racial profiling. View the UMPD's Racial/Bias Based Profiling Policy.


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.