ROBBERY and ASSAULT - Near the intersection of 14th Avenue SE and 6th Street SE in the Dinkytown Area
POSTED: September 07, 2012
On Thursday, September 6th at approximately 12:45 a.m., two University of Minnesota students were assaulted and robbed. The crime occurred just off campus, near the intersection of 14th Avenue and 6th Street SE in the Dinkytown Area (see map below).
The victims were walking north on 14th Avenue when two suspects approached them. The suspects said something to the victims, and then punched the victims in the face and head. The suspects took a purse and were seen getting into a dark blue or black SUV or 4 door sedan that was parked on 6th Street. The suspects drove away west on 6th Street. Both victims suffered minor injuries, but did not require medical attention.
The first suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 15 and 18 years old, approximately five feet, seven inches tall with short black hair. The suspect was wearing a blue ball cap and a blue t-shirt. The second suspect is a black male, approximately 19 years old, between five feet, six inches and six feet tall, with short black hair.
This is the third crime of this type since Sunday, September 2nd. Each of the robberies has taken place after midnight, and the victims have been walking alone or in pairs. Students walking late at night are strongly encouraged to walk in well-lit areas and in large groups. Students can also call the Campus Escort Service (612-624-WALK) for a free security escort or the Gopher Chauffeur (612-388-6911) for free transportation to and from area destinations.
University of Minnesota Police and Minneapolis Police are working together on these investigations and have also increased their visibility and presence on and around campus to put a stop to these offenses. If you see suspicious behavior, or feel you are in danger, call 9-1-1.
Minneapolis Police are investigating this most recent off-campus robbery. Anyone with information is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-8477 and reference case MP-12-282201.
The University of Minnesota Police Department asks that you remember the following:
* Always be aware of your surroundings. When you are distracted by your cell phone or iPod, 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. On weekends, Boynton Health Service sponsors the Gopher Chauffer to transport students to and from local entertainment areas.
* 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.