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ROBBERIES AND ASSAULTS - Intersections of Harvard Street and Washington Avenue; on Washington Avenue on a Metro Transit Bus near the Willey Hall bus stop and; at 17th Street and University Avenue near the Armory

POSTED: October 14, 2013

OnIn the early morning hours on Sunday, October 13, University of Minnesota students were the victims in four separate robberies either on or very close to campus. Police believe that the same suspects are responsible for all four crimes, and University of Minnesota Police are working closely with Minneapolis Police and Metro Transit Police on these cases.

The robberies took place at the intersection of Harvard Street and Washington Avenue; on Washington Avenue on a Metro Transit Bus near the Willey Hall bus stop and; at the intersection of 17th Street and University Avenue near the Armory. All of the robberies occurred between 1:00 a.m. and 4:45 a.m.

In each case, two or more victims were assaulted and robbed by a group of five or six black males. No weapons were used in the robberies, but in all four cases victims sustained minor injuries after being punched or kicked by the suspects. Victims lost valuables including wallets, cash and cell phones.

Descriptions of the suspects are limited. All of the men appear to be between the ages of 18 and 25 years old. One of the suspects had a goatee beard and mustache, and wore a black, puffy, North Face vest. Other suspects wore orange or red, and black or dark blue sweatshirts.

As stated earlier, University of Minnesota Police are working closely with Minneapolis Police and Metro Transit Police on these cases. Investigators are in contact with the victims and additional patrols will be in place. Despite the nature of these robberies, walking with someone is still the best and easiest way to ensure your safety late at night and on the weekends. If you see suspicious behavior or believe you are in danger in anyway, donít hesitate to call 9-1-1.

As stated earlier, University of Minnesota Police are working closely with Minneapolis Police and Metro Transit Police on these cases. Investigators are in contact with the victims and additional patrols will be in place. Despite the nature of these robberies, walking with someone is still the best and easiest way to ensure your safety late at night and on the weekends. If you see suspicious behavior or believe you are in danger in anyway, donít hesitate to call 9-1-1.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the University of Minnesota Police Department at 612-624-COPS (2677).

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 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.

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.

Contact Information

Emergencies Dial 911

For Non-Emergencies, call 612-624-COPS (2677)

Mailing Address:

511 Washington Avenue Southeast
Room 100, Transportation and Safety Building
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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E-mail: (police@umn.edu)

 
Last Modified: October 14, 2013
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