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Police Search Social Media for Evidence after Dinkytown Disturbance

Updated: 04/16/2014 1:39 PM
Created: 04/12/2014 10:11 PM KSTP.com
By: Beth McDonough

A total of 19 people were arrested Saturday night and early Sunday morning following the Frozen Four melee in Dinkytown. Of the 19 arrests, four people went to jail.

Police tell KSTP they are scouring social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find people responsible for causing any damage in Dinkytown.

Dinkytown Arrests

According to jail records, Eli Cohen remained behind bars Sunday evening. Cohen was arrested for unlawful assembly, indecent exposure and for being a minor in possession of alcohol. He was later released.

Three others were booked into jail in the incident. Jordan Mooney was arrested for liquor consumption by a person under the age of 21, Ardavan Khodaverdian was arrested for unlawful assembly and Justin Pinkerton was arrested for disorderly conduct, according to officials.

The U of M president cautioned students on Friday - no riots, no exceptions - or there could be university sanctions.

Night of Chaos

The disturbance came after Union College scored three times in a 1 minute, 54 second span in the first period in a 7-4 victory over Minnesota in the NCAA Frozen Four championships on Saturday night.

A rowdy crowd of a few hundred people formed on the intersection of 14th Avenue and 4th Street near the University of Minnesota around 10 p.m.

People could be seen running through the streets of Dinkytown after police shot bean bags and rubber pellets into the crowd.

People were throwing bottles and others were trying to flip a car, according to reports at the scene. Witnesses in the area told KSTP they ran from someone who threw a bench. Police said there were two known incidents of arson. 

Alex Awada who lives in the area told KSTP, "I heard loud booms, riot grenades, one of the rubber pellets hit the window in my kitchen it was kinda scary, I think the kids were being unruly for no reason and the policy overly violent for no reason."

First came the warning to leave, then came action and arrests. People could be seen being pepper sprayed, as well as taken down to the ground by police.

Watch KSTP's raw chopper footage.

Minneapolis police secured the intersection to make sure no cars would get through and to keep an eye on the situation, according to Chief Janeé Harteau, who was wearing riot gear.

"As things escalate and this crowd escalates, we're prepared to escalate as well," she said.

By 12:45 a.m. on Sunday morning, the area was cleared-out, and police reopened the streets of Dinkytown.

No officers were injured. There was an undetermined amount of property damage.

U of M Response

A statement was issued Sunday by Vice President for University Services Pamela Wheelock and Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Danita Brown Young.

The statement reads in part, "The University, through the disciplinary process detailed in the Student Conduct Code, will hold any students involved in unacceptable behavior accountable. That process... will begin immediately, move swiftly and may include a hearing before their peers."

Read the full statement here.

U of M Players React to Loss

The University of Minnesota men's hockey team locker room looked defeated after the loss. KSTP caught up with the players after the game to get their reactions. See what they said here.

Schenectady Arrests

It was a rowdy night as well in Schenectady, New York, which is the home of Union College. Five students there face charges after their celebrating spilled into the streets and became aggressive.

Police say a crowd of around 500 students blocked traffic with some of them throwing unopened beer cans and glass bottles at officers. Authorities responded with pepper spray. Police say one squad was damaged. There were no serious injuries.

Thursday Night Frozen Four Incident

There was also chaos Thursday night after the Gophers beat the University of North Dakota in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, several people were arrested and an undetermined amount of public and police property was damaged during the Thursday incident. Two Minneapolis police officers were taken to a hospital for medical attention.

2003 Comparison

Saturday's disturbance wasn't nearly as bad as the ones students started in 2002 and 2003. That was when the Gophers won back to back NCAA hockey titles.

Minneapolis and U of M Police say the lessons they learned from those riots a decade ago prepared them for Saturday night.


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