ROBBERY AND ASSAULT - Intersection of 11th Avenue SE and 7th Street SE
POSTED: October 8, 2013
On Saturday, October 5th at approximately 3:30 p.m., a robbery and assault was reported at the intersection of 11th Avenue SE & 7th Street SE in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood.
The victim, a University of Minnesota student, was walking between bus stops when she noticed the suspect behind her. She crossed the street, but he followed her and attempted to grab her phone out of her coat pocket. When she attempted to push him away, he punched her and grabbed the phone. The suspect then ran southbound and jumped into a 1990's green SUV possibly a Ford Explorer that was being driven by an accomplice. The student was not seriously injured.
The primary suspect was described as a black male, 18-25 years old, 5'04" 506 tall with a heavy build and dreadlocks down below his chin, wearing a black wind breaker jacket over a black hoodie, dark jeans and white tennis shoes.
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-13-329488.
It has been 20 days since the last offense in this area of the Marcy Holmes neighborhood. During that time UMPD and MPD have coordinated uniform and plainclothes details. UMPD alone has made 69 suspicious person stops and 15 arrests, as well as provided Minneapolis investigators a number of leads in their cases.
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 cant find someone to walk with, call the Campus Escort Service at 612-624-WALK for a free security escort, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. 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 its safety and are in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.