ASSAULT - Delaware Street SE between Comstock Hall and Weisman Art Museum
POSTED: November 7, 2011
On Thursday, November 3rd the University was notified that a University of Minnesota student was the victim of an assault on Delaware Street SE between Comstock Hall and The Weisman Art Museum on Wednesday, November 2, at approximately 7:00 p.m.
The female victim was walking to her car when she saw a male subject gesture to her. As she passed the subject, he approached her, grabbed her arm and grabbed her around the neck from the front. The victim was able to free herself and the suspect then left on foot.
The suspect was described as a white male between the ages of 35 and 40, approximately 5'8" tall, with a medium build and short gray beard. He was wearing dark colored sweat pants, a dark colored hooded pullover sweatshirt and white tennis shoes. The suspect was last seen in the area of East River Road.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the University of Minnesota Police Department at 612-624-COPS (2677). Reference case number UM-11-332656.
The University of Minnesota Police Department asks that you remember the following:
* An analysis of robberies that have occurred in the area in 2011 show that in at least two of the incidents the victim was on a mobile phone when they were approached from behind by the suspects. Always be aware of your surroundings because 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.
* Walk in well lit areas and don't walk alone. If you can't find someone to walk with, call the Campus Escort service at 612-624-WALK for a free security escort.
* 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.).
This Crime Alert is sent in compliance with the federal Clery Act which requires universities to alert the campus community of crimes that may pose an ongoing threat to students and employees. For updates on any developments in this case, please visit the Crime Alerts page on the UMPD website: http://www1.umn.edu/police/alerts.html