ASSAULT - 500 Block of Huron Boulevard, between Fulton and Essex Streets SE
POSTED: February 24, 2012
On Wednesday, February 22 at approximately 7:30 p.m., a University of Minnesota student was the victim of a first degree assault. The crime occurred off campus in the 500 Block of Huron Boulevard, between Fulton and Essex Streets (see map).
The victim was walking home when the suspect came up from behind and attacked her with a knife. The suspect did not demand or take any valuables, and ran to the west when the victim screamed for help. The University issued an emergency warning via TXT-U, and University of Minnesota Police and Minneapolis Police searched the area but did not find the attacker. The victim was transported to an area hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s, between five feet eleven inches and six feet two inches tall with a light build. The suspect was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood up.
The Minneapolis Police Department is investigating this off-campus crime. Anyone with information is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Department tip line at 612-692-8477 and reference case number MP-12-052523.
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