ROBBERIES AND ASSAULTS - Intersection of University Avenue and 27th Avenue; intersection of 18th Avenue and University Avenue; intersection of 14th Avenue SE and 6th Street SE
POSTED: November 1, 2013
In the overnight hours between Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1, University of Minnesota students were the victims in three separate off-campus robberies. The robberies continue a trend that shows a rise in the number of crimes close to campus and an escalation in the bold and violent nature of the criminals. They also appear to continue the pattern of criminals coming to campus from beyond Minneapolis with the intent of targeting University students.
We continue to work with Minneapolis Police and both departments have committed to increase patrols in the area over the weekend. While Minneapolis Police are certainly faced with many challenges, the frequency and increasingly brazen nature of these incidents require an aggressive and appropriate response by City law enforcement. Earlier today, I reached out to the Office of Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau and specifically asked that safety in the neighborhoods around the University of Minnesota be made a top priority.
In the third of three incidents described below, officers of the University of Minnesota Police Department arrested three suspects, two of which were positively identified by victims and witnesses. Hats Off to the UMPD officers for their quick response and solid police work.
The first incident occurred just before midnight near the intersection of University Avenue and 27th Avenue. Two people – one a University student and the other a non-student – were approached by a lone individual who asked to borrow a cell phone. When one of the victims produced a phone, the suspect pointed a handgun and demanded valuables. Two cell phones and a wallet were taken in the robbery, but neither victim was injured.
The suspect is described as a black male, 30 to 40 years old, between six feet and six feet three inches tall, with a heavy, muscular build and a balding head. The suspect was wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans and had a deep voice. (MP-13-363032)
The second incident occurred just before 12:30 a.m. in a residence near the intersection of 18th Avenue and University Avenue. Three University of Minnesota students were in the basement of the house when they encountered two suspects wearing ski masks who had entered through a basement window. One suspect held a hammer and the other had a knife. The victims were not injured, but an iPhone and purse were taken in the robbery.
The first suspect is a black male, approximately six feet tall with a muscular build. He was wearing a black jacket with a red piping, black pants and a green hoodie. The second suspect is a black male, approximately five feet, ten inches tall, wearing a black jacket, pants and ski mask and a dark colored hoodie. (MP-13-363067)
The third incident occurred at 1:20 a.m. near the intersection of 14th Avenue SE and 6th Street SE. A group of males assaulted and robbed several victims, many of whom were University students. UMPD officers arrived to assist the Minneapolis Police Department and apprehended three of the suspects, although it's believed that one or two suspects may still be at large. Suspects took valuables including a purse and an iPhone, and assaulted both victims and bystanders who attempted to intervene. One female victim, who is not a student, suffered a possible broken nose and was treated by paramedics. (MP-13-363129)
As evidenced by last night's arrests, University of Minnesota Police are working hard to support Minneapolis Police efforts to resolve these off campus crimes. Minneapolis investigators are pursuing their cases and additional patrols will be in place. Anyone with information is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-8477.
The safety of the students of the University of Minnesota is the top priority of the University of Minnesota Police Department. Any student who observes suspicious circumstances or fears for their personal safety should never hesitate to call 911. Officers of UMPD are on heightened awareness in this situation.
The University of Minnesota Police Department asks that you remember the following:
* 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 hours a day. On the weekends, call the Gopher Chauffeur at 612-388-6911 for free transportation to and from area destinations.
* Always be aware of your surroundings. 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.
* 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 its 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.