SEXUAL ASSAULT - Near the Intersection of 15th Avenue SE and 8th Street SE - Marcy Holmes Neighborhood
POSTED: November 25, 2013
On Sunday, November 24 at approximately 2:15 a.m. a University of Minnesota student was the victim of a criminal sexual assault. The crime was initiated off campus, near the intersection of 15th Avenue SE and 8th Street SE and took place in an area to the west of I-35W.
The victim was walking alone when she was approached by a suspect in a black sport utility vehicle (SUV) who slowed to talk to her. The suspect identified himself as a police officer and cautioned the victim about walking alone. The suspect offered the victim a ride, and when she agreed he locked the doors of the vehicle, drove to a remote location and sexually assaulted her.
The suspect is described as black male between the ages of 23 and 27 years old with a medium build. The suspect had short hair or a shaved head, and a neatly trimmed chin-strap style beard. The suspect was wearing a dark colored jacket with a badge on it, dark pants, and a security or police style duty belt. The vehicle is a dark SUV with dark interior, and a computer screen in the center console.
Minneapolis Police are investigating this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-8477 and reference case number MP-13-391636.
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.