STRONG-ARM ROBBERY - West Bank Campus Near Willey Hall
POSTED: December 25, 2011 - UPDATED: January 4, 2012
On Sunday, December 25 at approximately 3:30 p.m., a University of Minnesota student was the victim of a strong-arm robbery on the West Bank campus near Willey Hall.
The victim had exited the Route 16 bus in front of Blegen Hall and was followed off the bus by two suspects as she went up the stairs on the north side of Washington Avenue between Blegen and Anderson Halls. Near the east entrance to Willey Hall, one of the suspects knocked the victim to the ground and the other took her iPhone and purse. The suspects fled and dropped the purse when pursued by witnesses. The suspects were last seen fleeing off campus toward Cedar Avenue.
The victim had minor scrapes, but was otherwise unharmed.
The suspects are described as two black male juveniles, both approximately 16 years old, five feet nine inches tall, described as “very skinny,” with short black hair. Both were wearing baggy, washed out jeans; one suspect wore a royal blue hoodie sweatshirt with a matching royal blue baseball cap.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the University of Minnesota Police Department at 612-624-COPS (2677). Reference case number UM-11-381778.
The University of Minnesota Police Department asks that you remember the following:
* Always be aware of your surroundings. When you are distracted by talking on your phone or listening to music you are 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