Crime Alert: Twin Cities Campus
On Saturday, November 30 at approximately 8:45 a.m. a robbery occurred on University Avenue between 25th Avenue and 26th Avenue SE, at the bus stop in front of University Village (see map below).
The victim—who is not affiliated with the University—was waiting at the bus stop when two suspects approached him and asked him for the time. One suspect displayed a handgun, demanded the victim's belongings, and punched him in the face. The suspects then stole the victim's wallet, cell phone, and backpack and ran southbound along 25th Avenue and then eastbound on Delaware Street. Officers searched the area for the two suspects without success. The victim was not seriously injured in the attack.
The suspect who displayed the handgun is described as a black male, between the ages of 25 and 30 years old, with a medium complexion. The suspect is approximately six feet tall with a heavy build, and was wearing a black and grey jacket and a black stocking cap. The second suspect is described as a black male, between 22 and 25 years old, with a medium complexion. The suspect is approximately five feet, ten inches tall with a skinny build, and was wearing a multicolored jacket of red, green and orange, and a black stocking cap.
Minneapolis Police are investigating this off-campus crime. Anyone with information is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-8477 and reference case number MP-13-398336.
The University of Minnesota Police Department asks that you remember the following:
- Walking with someone is the easiest way to ensure your safety late at night and on the weekends. If you can't find someone to walk with, call the Campus Escort Service at 612-624-WALK for a free security escort, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, call the Gopher Chauffeur at 612-388-6911 for free transportation to and from area destinations.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. When you are distracted you make an easier target.
- When threatened with a weapon, it's best not to resist. Your personal safety is more important than a lost wallet or cell phone.
- Carry minimal amounts of valuables.
- Keep written records of valuables, including model and serial numbers, in a safe place.
- Call 911 immediately if you are the victim or witness to a crime.
- Document information about the suspect for police (i.e., clothing descriptions, facial features, piercings or tattoos, speech, etc.).
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.
For updates on any developments in this case, please visit the Crime Alerts page on the UMPD website. For more on campus safety and security, and for a list of campus safety resources available to you, visit the University's Safety and Security website.
This message was sent by the University Police Chief Greg Hestness to all Twin Cities students, faculty, and staff.