ARMED ROBBERIES - Near the intersections of 5th Avenue SE and 7th Street SE and 12th Avenue SE and 8th Street SE
POSTED: September 18, 2013
Over the weekend, two robberies occurred in close proximity to campus (see map below) and under similar circumstances. The descriptions of the suspects and the manner of the crimes are also very similar to four separate robberies reported in the past month and police believe the crimes may be related. University of Minnesota Police and Minneapolis Police have increased patrols in the area and the Coordinated Response Teams of both Departments are working closely together on these crimes.
On Saturday, September 14 at 10:50 p.m., two individuals Ė one of whom is a University of Minnesota student Ė were the victims of an armed robbery. The crime occurred off campus near the intersection of 5th Avenue SE and 7th Street SE.
The victims were approached by two black males who demanded their purses. One suspect threatened the victims with a handgun and the other struck one of the victims when she didnít immediately comply. The suspects took the purses; neither victim was injured.
The suspect who held the gun is described as a black male between the ages of 19 and 24 years old, approximately six feet tall with a medium build. He had dreadlocks and was wearing a black t-shirt with a bright design on it. The gun was a black semi-automatic pistol. The suspect who struck the victim is described as a black male between the ages of 19 and 24 years old, approximately six feet tall with a medium build. He had short hair and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. A third suspect is believed to have been in a vehicle but no description is available.
On Sunday, September 15 at approximately 2:00 a.m., three victims were assaulted and robbed near the intersection of 12th Avenue SE and 8th Street SE. None of the victims is affiliated with the University of Minnesota.
The victims were approached by two black males who demanded their valuables. At least one of the victims fought back, and one of the suspects fired a shot in the air during the altercation. A backpack was taken during the robbery and one victim required medical attention.
The suspect who fired the weapon is described as a black male between the ages of 18 and 22 years old, approximately five feet, nine inches tall with medium length dreadlocks. The gun was a black handgun. The second suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 25 and 30 years old, approximately six feet, four inches tall with a light build and short hair.
Minneapolis Police are investigating these off campus robberies and plan to issue a crime alert soon. Anyone with information is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-8477. Information on the first robbery should reference case MP 13-304916. Information on the second robbery should reference case MP-13305134.
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 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.
* 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 their safety and are in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.