University of Minnesota
Department of Public Safety
University Police

Get Informed.

About the UMPD
........................................

Reporting a Crime
........................................

Prevention
........................................

Alerts and Statistics
........................................

Victim & Witness Info
........................................

Community Info
........................................

Services
........................................

Firearms Training Facility
........................................

Employment Opportunities
........................................

UMPD Home
........................................

 
Home > Alerts and Statistics
Crime Alert

 

Sexual Assault - West River Parkway and 27th Avenue South

POSTED: November 20, 2012

The Minneapolis Police Department has asked that we forward this Crime Alert on to the University Community. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Sergeant David Mattson of the Minneapolis Police Department at 612-673-2358, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

On Monday, November 19 at 7:00 a.m. officers from the First Precinct responded to the area of West River Parkway and 27th Avenue South (see map below) on a sexual assault.

Officers learned that an adult female victim was walking to St. Catherine’s University near Riverside Park when she was approached a male suspect. The suspect asked the victim for money. Seconds later, he forced her to walk to a wooded area nearby.

Once in the wooded area, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim before she fled from the area on foot. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The suspect was described as a black male, 5’ 5” tall, 35 to 40 years old with an unshaven scruffy beard. He had a medium to heavy build and was wearing a navy blue jacket with a zipper. The case number for this incident is 12-359509.

The case has been assigned to Sergeant David Mattson of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit. Anybody with information is asked to call Sergeant Mattson at 612-673-2358.

Crime Stoppers of Minnesota has long provided an avenue for the public to provide information to the police anonymously. Additionally Crime Stoppers can offer cash rewards for information that is vital to a case. In this instance Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information.

To provide information to Crime Stoppers regarding this incident, or any other serious crime, call 1-800-222-8477(TIPS), text TIP674 plus your information to 274637(CRIMES) or go to the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppersmn.org and click on “Give a Tip.” All callers are given a unique identifier and no names are used.

The University of Minnesota Police Department asks that you remember the following:
* 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.
* Make sure you have a record of the serial numbers for all your electronic devices.
* 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.

UMPD tip-line

Anonymous tips may be left with the UMPD by leaving a message at 612-626-TIPS (8477). If you are calling from a campus phone, just dial 6-TIPS. You may also report tips by e-mailing (police@umn.edu).

This phone number is NOT for emergency purposes.

In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

 
Last Modified: November 20, 2012
©2006 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
Contact Webmaster | Privacy
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.