Suspect identified in multiple hit-and-run U of M incident

Earl Vaughn. Photo: Hennepin County
Earl Vaughn.

March 15, 2019 05:15 PM

One suspect has been identified in an incident involving multiple hit-and-runs, including a pedestrian, Thursday afternoon in the Dinkytown neighborhood. 

According to court documents, the suspect is identified as 39-year-old Earl Christopher Vaughn, from Minneapolis. 


The University of Minnesota Police Department has charged Vaughn with assault, criminal vehicular operation (bodily harm) and damage to property. The second suspect is still at large in this case. 

According to a release sent out by the University of Minnesota Public Safety, at approximately 3:30 p.m., camera monitors from the University's Public Safety Emergency Communications identified two suspects on camera who were seen stealing from cars in a parking lot on campus. The suspects fled in an SUV before police officers arrived at the scene. 

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Officers pursued the suspects, but their vehicle remained out of the sight of law enforcement when they struck two vehicles at the intersection of 5th Street and 15th Avenue, and 5th Street and 12th Avenue. There were no injuries at those intersections.

The release states the suspects then hit a car at the intersection of 5th Street and 10th Avenue, injuring two people in the car, one of whom is a University of Minnesota student. The SUV also hit a pedestrian, who is a University of Minnesota staff member. Both suspects fled the scene on foot, using the pedestrian bridge that goes over Interstate 94, according to University Police Chief Matt Clark.

One of the suspects, identified as Vaughn, was apprehended blocks from the previous incident, and a woman suspected to have been involved is still at large. 

The three injured victims are expected to recover. 

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