Multiple Robberies Reported Near U of M Over Weekend
Police are investigating a string of robberies that happened near the University of Minnesota campus over the weekend.
Police say a U of M student was walking near 10th Avenue and University Avenue at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, when two women asked to use her phone. The victim was suspicious and refused, and one of the suspects allegedly began hitting her with a plastic patio chair until she gave up her iPhone. The student required medical attention for cuts and bruises.
The suspects are black women between the ages of 19-20, and they were about 5-feet 6-inches tall. The woman who hit the victim had a light build and was wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and silver boat shoes. Her hair was in a scrunchie. The other suspect was also wearing shorts and had a heavier build.
Another robbery happened sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, near 10th Avenue and Sixth Street. A U of M student was punched in the face and robbed of his wallet. He had a bloody lip.
The only information on the suspect is that he was a black man who was at least 18 years old.
A third incident happened near Van Cleve Park around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. The victim was robbed at gunpoint by two suspects. They were both arrested after they were located by University of Minnesota Police and Minneapolis Police.
The University of Minnesota Security Monitor Program will send an escort to walk someone home within a mile of campus. Last year, escorts made more than 5,000 trips. To request an escort from a trained student security monitor, call 612-624-WALK (9255). For more information, click here.
The Gopher Chauffer service provides free transportation on the weekends. Last year, the service provided 10,645 rides. The Gopher Chauffer is available at (612) 388-6911. For more information, click here.
Anyone with information about the recent robberies is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-8477.