ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY - Pedestrian Level of the Washington Avenue Bridge
POSTED: April 11, 2013
On Tuesday, April 9 at approximately 6:25 p.m. an attempted armed robbery took place on the pedestrian level of the Washington Avenue Bridge (see map below).
The victim, who is not affiliated with the University of Minnesota, was walking in the enclosed area of the Washington Avenue Bridge pedestrian level when the suspect approached, showed a knife and demanded the victimís purse. The victim refused and ran to two approaching pedestrians for safety as the suspect fled the area. Responding Officers conducted an extensive search of the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The UMPD is working to obtain images of the suspect from security cameras on the Bridge and will share them if they become available.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic or dark-skinned male, between 35 and 45 years old. He is approximately five feet six inches tall, with a heavy build and short dark hair. The suspect was wearing a light blue windbreaker and jeans.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the University of Minnesota Police Department at 612-624-COPS (2677). Reference case number UM-13-106707.
Walking with someone is the easiest way to ensure your safety late at night and on the weekends. If you canít find someone to walk with, call the Campus Escort Service at 612-624-WALK for a free security escort, seven days a week, 24-7. On the weekends, call the Gopher Chauffeur at 612-388-6911 for free transportation to and from area destinations.
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.
* 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.