ASSAULT AND ROBBERY - Intersection of Essex Street SE and Ontario Street SE
POSTED: November 22, 2013
On Wednesday, November 20 at approximately 9:00 p.m., a University of Minnesota student was the victim of a robbery and assault. The crime occurred just off-campus, near the intersection of Essex Street SE and Ontario Street SE (see map below).
The victim was walking home when he was approached by the suspect who punched him in the face without warning. The victim lost consciousness and the suspect took his backpack, laptop and wallet. The victim continued home and called police at approximately 10:40 p.m. Officers were unable to locate a suspect, due in part to the delayed reporting.
The suspect is described as a black male, between the ages of 20 and 22 years old and approximately five feet ten inches tall. The suspect was wearing a maroon Minnesota sweatshirt. 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-13-387593.
University of Minnesota Police continue to work hard to prevent and solve these crimes, whether on campus or in Minneapolis neighborhoods. In the week since President Kaler pledged enhanced measures to increase safety, University Police Officers have logged more than 100 hours of overtime, Boynton Health Service has expanded the Gopher Chauffeur service to include Thursday nights, and the UMPD Coordinated Response Team has continued its work with the Minneapolis Second Precinct that resulted in seven arrests in two different incidents. In total, there have been arrests in four cases, three initiated by UMPD and one with UMPD assisting.
Yesterday, President Eric Kaler and Vice President for University Services Pamela Wheelock met with Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges to discuss campus safety and other University issues. Last week, Vice President Wheelock and I met with Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau to discuss University concerns and how to enhance joint efforts to ensure safety near and on campus.
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.