ROBBERIES - WEST BANK AREA
POSTED: May 8, 2012
In the past 24 hours, three robberies have occurred in close proximity to campus and under very similar circumstances. While the crimes occurred off-campus and none of the victims were affiliated with the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Police Department is sending this Crime Alert due to the location and brazen nature of the robberies.
At 9:15 p.m. last night, an Augsburg student was assaulted and robbed in the area of Riverside Avenue and 22nd Avenue South. The victim was walking on Riverside when three suspects knocked him to the ground, kicked him in the head and tried to pull his backpack away from him. The suspects took a calculator and fled. The victim was slightly injured in the attack, and described the suspects as three black males in their late teens or early twenties. They were all described as having light builds and being dark skinned, possibly members of an African immigrant community. (MP-12-136840)
Two hours later at approximately 11:15 p.m. a similar attack took place in the area of 20th Avenue South and 6th Street South, which is a block south of Hanson Hall. Three suspects approached the victim and talked briefly to him, and then knocked the victim to the ground. The suspects kicked and punched the victim, went through his pockets and stole his wallet. The victim was not seriously injured, and described the suspects as three black males in their late teens or early 20s who were wearing hoodies and appeared to be members of an African immigrant community as they spoke with an accent. (MP-12-136967)
The third robbery took place just after 1:30 a.m. in the area of Cedar Avenue and 3rd Street South, which is just to the west of the University’s 19th Avenue Parking Ramp. The two victims stated that five suspects approached them and physically confronted them. The suspects took iPhones from both victims and fled toward the Riverside Plaza apartments. The suspects are described as males in their late teens, four were black males who appeared to be member of an African immigrant community and one was described as an Asian male. Neither victim was injured. (MP-12-137059)
The University of Minnesota Police Department asks that you remember the following:
* 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.).
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 their 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.