ASSAULT AND ATTEMPTED ROBBERY - Near the intersection of 10th Avenue SE and University Avenue SE
POSTED: August 5, 2013
On Saturday, August 3rd at approximately 10:30 a.m., an assault and attempted robbery took place just off campus, near the intersection of 10th Avenue SE and University Avenue SE (see map below).
The victim -- who is not affiliated with the University of Minnesota -- was walking alone and talking on her phone when the suspect approached on a bicycle and asked for her help. The suspect claimed to be new to the area and lost and asked the victim to call a friend for him. When the victim agreed, the suspect threw her to the ground and tried to take her phone. The victim resisted and the suspect eventually fled the area on foot, leaving behind his bicycle and a baseball cap. The victim suffered minor scrapes and scratches, but did not require medical attention.
The suspect is described as a black male with medium skin tone, between the ages of 18 and 25 years old, five feet nine inches and six feet tall with a slim build, and medium to short hair. The suspect was wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and a brown “Gucci” sports cap that was left behind at the scene. During the struggle, the victim threw her iced coffee on the suspect’s white t-shirt.
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 MP-13-251370.
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, 24-7. On the weekends, call the Gopher Chauffeur at 612-388-6911 for free transportation to and from area destinations.
* Don’t let a stranger borrow your phone or allow yourself to be distracted by talking on the phone or texting. 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.).
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