U of M student says two men tried to abduct her near TCF Bank stadium

Categories: Crime, U of M
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The site of this morning's incident.
In the wake of a recent spate of high-profile crimes, many University of Minnesota students are calling for an increased police presence, and officials say they're doing all they can to keep campus safe.

SEE ALSO: U of M student says she saw creepy cop impersonator on West Bank earlier this month

Nonetheless, there was another scary on-campus incident early this morning. A female student says she was the victim of an abduction attempt.

The incident occurred just after midnight while the student walked alone along the University Avenue sidewalk in front of TCF Bank stadium near its intersection with Oak Street. A blue sedan with two men inside pulled up alongside her, and one of the men asked if she needed help. She said she didn't, but then one of the men got out of the vehicle and approached her.

A U of M crime alert details what she says happened next:
The suspect grabbed the victim by the arm and pulled her toward the vehicle. When the victim tried to defend herself with pepper spray, the suspect pushed her to the ground and used the pepper spray on the victim. The victim screamed and the suspects drove away eastbound on University Avenue.
And here's how the victim described the suspect that approached her:
The suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 20 and 25 years old, approximately six feet two inches to six feet four inches tall with a medium build and medium complexion. The suspect was wearing a black, knit stocking cap and a black puffy jacket. No description is available for the driver of the car.
This morning's incident comes just days after a female student walking by herself near 15th Avenue Southeast and 8th Street Southeast was sexually assaulted by a man impersonating a cop who persuaded her to get into his SUV. That suspect was described as a black man in his 20s with a medium build and chin-strap beard. He's still on the loose.

"In [this morning's] incident and in a number of recent incidents... the victims were walking alone after dark," the most recent crime alert says. "As we work toward a shared culture of campus safety, I would ask the University Community to look after one another - walking in groups is still the best and easiest way to be safe at night and on the weekends."

Anyone with information about this morning's incident is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-8477 and reference case number MP-13-394848.

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32 comments
TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

"The suspect was wearing a black, knit stocking cap and a black puffy jacket."   

I'm sure he's still wearing it. 

Rape_away_White_Priv
Rape_away_White_Priv

Hey it's no big deal, he was just trying to rape away her "white privilege".

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

Maybe the U of M police should start profiling people. I mean, isn't the safety of the students who are paying good money to attend this school more important than "hurting people's feelings"? I mean, how many young black men wearing "puffy jackets" and hoodies are attending the Carlson School of Management? Get real! 

Marcus Nielson
Marcus Nielson

Like the other 12 people that were involved in incidents in the past month around the "U" Patrick G. Erhardt? Moron.

Mary St Hilaire
Mary St Hilaire

It is getting scary aroung the U of M take care of hour young generation plez....

Shawn Laughton
Shawn Laughton

Lol "why aren't we stepping up patrols" that's funny. Because they are stepping it up. Maybe people need to carry a pistol, or Put the cell phones away and stay vigilant. Duh

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

I'm waiting for the race baiters to explain to us why these types of crimes perpetuated by African American men are the result of white privilege. 

Tim Norby
Tim Norby

Maybe you could get some of these guys who pretend to be Batman in video games, to actually escort a lady to her car?

laxx1559
laxx1559

Drunk, unarmed, inattentive college students walking alone are prime pickings for criminals.   I can't count how many drunk guys and girls I've seen stumbling home alone, its shocking.  People wearing no shoes and a t-shirt in 10 degree weather.  Aside from the risk of being a victim of a crime, that's pretty dangerous

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

The recent crimes on campus sure do seem to have one thing in common.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

How about setting up some stings in the area?  Or is that only to catch johns and low-level drug offenders?  Hopefully these guys will resist arrest when finally caught and give the cops a chance to gun their asses down.

Whitney Joan
Whitney Joan

And if students want to rise up ,then help each other, create a system of walking each other home after events and classes.

Whitney Joan
Whitney Joan

Cops can't escort every student around campus . I totally understand it's getting bad , but come on people , WALK HOME IN GROUPS . Or at least with one or two people . Students shouldn't have to be scared , but scary things are happening .... So be smart!!

Bailee Lyn
Bailee Lyn

Why aren't they stepping up patrols ? This is an outrage what do we pay the police for ?

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

At this rate we need a cop on every corner in the area

noremorse2200
noremorse2200

@Patrick G. Erhardt Yeah, because we all know that white women are never, ever raped by black males. Oh wait, crap, there's 30,000 black male on white female rapes every year. DERP.

oZ__
oZ__

@Everyday Normal Guy Yeah, a pistol would have helped, sure. Just like the pepper spray the person grabbed and used on her. :P

laxx1559
laxx1559

@MNjoe How do you think they could go about doing this?  Wait until an armed person gets within striking distance, wait for him to draw his/her weapon and have a gunfight in the middle of dinkytown?

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

@Bailee Lyn Police cannot be everywhere at once. In my opinion, the University needs to have their own people on patrols if they aren't doing so already. Especially during late night hours.

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

@Southsider 

I should get a life? Perhaps you should read up on crime statistics by race in Minneapolis. How many violent crimes have been committed in Minneapolis where the suspect description is "white male..........".

*chirp chirp chirp*

You need to quit living with your head buried in the sand. Come up for air once in a while. Oxygen is good for you.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@laxx1559 Right, because these assaults are happening in the middle of large Dinkytown crowds. Or maybe they're actually happening in quieter areas where people are alone. Point is the cops should be sitting in unmarked vans, atop parking ramps or whatever it takes to catch these scumbags. And when they do, a little old-fashioned street justice would be a good thing. Why, what do you think? A treatment program and probation, perhaps? 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@mingtran The pussy side? That statement alone shows what a moron you are. While you're at the CP site, check out the front page story on that thug Roger Holland who killed his wife - ooops, another white guy and no racist comments on his story.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

High visibility is completely different than high volume. You don't always have to take the pussy side.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@WatusiJenkins @Southsider "chirp chirp chirp"?  I could go on for days about all the crime on these pages committed by white guys - lets start with the white guy who was molesting young boys ages 6-13,  How about all the bodies of young women that have been pulled from the Mississippi this year? Trevino and the guy who offed himself in the parking lot of the EP police station, both white - the guy who recently killed the Orono doctor - white. White guys commit a lot of nasty crimes,you just don't see all the racist comments on here when that's the case. 

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