U of M alerts students about string of unusual assaults, robberies

Categories: Crime, U of M
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The U of M was hit by an especially bold set of robbers over the weekend.
Yesterday, University of Minnesota police sent out a crime alert after four violent robberies occurred on or near campus during a four-hour stretch early Sunday morning. Those robberies were similar to six other incidents that have taken place since mid-August.

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The unusual thing about the recent robberies is that they often involve a group of suspects robbing a group of victims. Typically, robbers target people walking by themselves.

WCCO details the Sunday-morning incidents:
The U of M says four incidents occurred on the intersections of Harvard Street and Washington Avenue, on Washington Avenue on a Metro Transit Bus near the Willey Hall bus stop and at 17th Street and University Avenue near the Armory. All of the robberies occurred between 1 a.m. and 4:45 a.m.

In each case, two or more victims were assaulted and robbed by a group of five or six black men. The description of the suspects is limited, but all of the men are described as between the ages of 18 and 25 years old, one of the suspects had a goatee beard and mustache, and wore a black puffy North Face vest. Other suspects wore orange or red, and black or dark blue sweatshirts.
University of Minnesota deputy police chief Charles Miner told KARE 11 the robberies "appear to be related," and characterized the recent string of incidents as "very unique."

"Historically we have not had situations where people have been robbed in groups of people," Miner said. "It's been both very large groups of suspects and very large groups of victims."

Miner told KARE that four arrests have been made in connection with the six campus robberies that took place before the weekend. But that apparently wasn't enough to prevent the Sunday-morning crime spree.

"Our officers will be out, particularly this weekend, in extra force. We'll have extra officers working, looking for this specific pattern," Miner told KARE. "They'll be teaming up with Minneapolis police and Metro Transit police."

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12 comments
chunkstyle
chunkstyle

At least CP posted a suspect description at all! Neither the MN Daily nor the Star Trib bother to do this.

keny1
keny1

More black crime in Minneapolis? Really? Are you sure? No, you must be making this stuff up.

Rob Rawleigh
Rob Rawleigh

"In each case... victims were assaulted by ... BLACK men" !!

footnotegirl
footnotegirl

But.. I thought concealed carry was supposed to make criminals afraid to attack people on the streets! *snort*

TC4L
TC4L

Four arrests were made but probably no conviction.  Some feel a little more untouchable if they get arrested and get out the same day.  Stupid mentality but they will get caught eventually.  Lots of robberies and stealing going on lately.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Que up Keny and MB to have another polite race discussion. 

<<grabbing some popcorn>>

_Joe_
_Joe_

Too bad you can't carry on campus.

really
really

@footnotegirl I wouldn't be so smug. The shall issue carry law has saved many people from crime, but personal safety is ultimately a personal responsibility. 

_Joe_
_Joe_

@footnotegirl 

You miss the point entirely. It is not to "make criminals afraid to attack."

It's sole purpose is to allow me to legally transport my firearm on my person so that I have it if they do.  Whether or not that makes "criminals afraid to attack" has nothing to do with the intent of the law.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@footnotegirl"No person is permitted to carry or possess a firearm on system property except as provided in this policy." Uof M Policy - That and the general demographic of the area would not be one where you would normally find those who exercise the right to carry. 

*snort!!* 

Just a thought, but maybe audit a criminology course. Criminals go to where the pickings are the easiest. Hmmm  Young students, usually carrying the latest in portable electronics and in a "Gun Free" zone.. That would be like hunting in a deer park, almost too easy.

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