ROBBERIES - 10th Avenue SE and University Avenue SE Saturday October 20th, 10th Avenue SE and 6th Street SE Sunday October 21st and Near Van Cleve Park Sunday October 21st
POSTED: October 23, 2012
Three separate robberies over the weekend – two of them involving University of Minnesota students – show once again that walking alone late at night can make you a more attractive victim to criminals. Walking with a partner or using University safety services are the easiest and most effective ways to ensure your safety as you travel on and around campus late at night – particularly on the weekends.
The first incident occurred on Saturday, October 20 at 1:15 a.m. near the intersection of 10th Avenue and University Avenue. A University of Minnesota student was walking home when she was approached by two female suspects who asked to use her phone. When the victim because suspicious and refused, one of the suspects began hitting the victim with a plastic patio chair until the victim gave up her iPhone. The victim suffered cuts and bruises and required medical attention.
The two suspects in the robbery are described as black females, between the ages of 19 and 20 years old and approximately five feet six inches tall. The suspect who struck the victim with the chair is described as having a light build, was dressed in shorts, a tee shirt and silver boat shoes, and wore her hair in a scrunchie. The second suspect had a heavy build and was also wearing shorts.
The second robbery took place on Sunday, October 21 sometime between midnight and 1:00 a.m. near the intersection of 10th Avenue and 6th Street. A University of Minnesota student was walking home when a lone suspect approached him, punched him in the face, and took his wallet. The victim suffered a bloody lip.
The victim was able to provide only a limited description of the suspect. The suspect is described as a black male, at least 18 years of age.
Minneapolis Police are investigating these off-campus robberies. Anyone with information is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-8477. Reference case MP-12-330219 with information on the first robbery described, and case MP-12-331813 for the second robbery.
The third incident happened on Sunday, October 21 at approximately 1:30 a.m. near Van Cleve Park. The victim, who is not affiliated with the University, was robbed at gun point by two suspects. The victim was not injured. Working together, University of Minnesota Police and Minneapolis Police located and ultimately arrested the suspects after the victim made a positive identification.
Walking with someone is the easiest way to ensure your safety late at night and on the weekends. If you can’t find someone to walk with, call the Campus Escort Service at 612-624-WALK for a free security escort, seven days a week, 24-7. On the weekends, call the Gopher Chauffeur at 612-388-6911 for free transportation to and from area destinations.
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.