Racially motivated assault at Metro State University, no arrests made

June 20, 2019 10:10 PM

A man was targeted in a racially motivated assault at Metropolitan State University Wednesday afternoon. 

St. Paul police say the incident happened at about 1:45 p.m. as officers responded to an assault call. Police say the male victim said he was sitting on a set of steps outside on campus grounds when he was approached from behind by a white man. 


The suspect reportedly asked the victim where he was from and why he was in this country. That's when the suspect allegedly struck the victim on the left side of his face, knocking off his glasses. 

Following the assault, the suspect walked off west on 7th Street and into Swede Hollow Park. The victim told police he lost sight of the suspect and was met by responding officers at 7th Street and Payne Avenue. 

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Officers noted the victim had a small cut to his left eye and swelling. 

The suspect is described as a white man, around 40-years-old, five-feet six-inches to five-feet eight-inches tall with gray hair, wearing a white t-shirt and yellow pants. 

The St. Paul Police Department says there will be an increased presence around the university for the foreseeable future to prevent any other assaults to assure everyone on campus that it is safe. 

Investigators will be working to find the person responsible for the crime, so he can be held accountable, according to police.

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