ASSAULT - Near Blarney's Pub and Grill in Dinkytown
POSTED: October 16, 2012
On Friday, October 12th at approximately 2:15 a.m., four victims – two of whom were University of Minnesota students - were assaulted. The crime occurred just off campus, near Blarney’s Pub and Grill in Dinkytown.
A group of four suspects confronted the victims as they walked in the area and one of the four assaulted them. Each of the victims was punched during the assault and two required medical attention.
The four suspects are described as black males between the ages of 18 and 24. The only detailed suspect description is for the individual that actually punched the victims. He is described as being five feet eight inches to five feet ten inches tall, with a light build and his hair done in medium length corn rows. The suspect was wearing a red sweatshirt.
University of Minnesota Police have increased their visibility and presence on and around campus over this Homecoming weekend. If you see suspicious behavior, or feel you are in danger, call 9-1-1.
Minneapolis Police are investigating this off campus assault. Anyone with information is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-8477 and reference case MP-12-321531.
The University of Minnesota Police Department asks that you remember the following:
* An analysis of recent robberies that have occurred in the area show that in many of the incidents the victim was on a mobile phone when they were approached from behind by the suspects. Always be aware of your surroundings because 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.
* Walk in well lit areas and don't walk alone. If you can't find someone to walk with, call the Campus Escort service at 612-624-WALK for a free security escort.
* 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 their 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.