U of M student recounts violent Hennepin/University robbery from hospital

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The students were standing at this intersection when one of them was suddenly grabbed by a knife-wielding robber.
Just after midnight Monday morning, Emily and her roommate, both 21-year-old University of Minnesota students, were walking home from a night out at the Gay 90's when they found themselves waiting for a traffic signal on the southeast corner of Hennepin and University Avenues in Northeast.

Suddenly, someone grabbed Emily around the waist from behind.

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"He just came up behind me and grabbed me and put a knife to my throat and started screaming at us to 'give me your money,'" Emily tells us. (Emily isn't her real name, which she asked us to withhold.)

Emily's roommate started screaming, which drew the attention of at least one witness who immediately called 911. She also pulled out a $5 bill and gave it to the assailant.

"We were just coming back from downtown carrying a couple bucks and our phones and so she gave him the the money, and then he started asking for more but we didn't have any and he basically just started freaking out," Emily says. "He stabbed me in the back and then threw the knife at her and ran away."

After the suspect fled, Emily noticed her roommate was bleeding badly from a wound in her bicep area, so she took off her shirt for use as a tourniquet.

"I was kinda in a daze but then she saw her arm and started screaming and I kinda snapped out of it and just grabbed my shirt," Emily says. "I tied it around her arm and she had to sit down because she was feeling faint, and I laid down because I was feeling dizzy."

Nonetheless, Emily thought the suspect had just punched her in the back at first. She didn't realize she'd been stabbed until she was on her way to the hospital, where both she and her roommate underwent surgery.

"Her artery was sliced and also one of her major nerves, so she actually had a lot more precise surgery and it took a lot longer than mine," Emily says. "I had a punctured lung, so they just had to put a tube into my lung, and it's draining right now."

Emily says both she and her roommate are "doing great" and should be released from the hospital before the end of the week.

Asked what she remembers about the assailant, Emily says that he was black, wore dark clothes, stood about 5'11", and wore some sort of ski mask.

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32 comments
solson
solson

I cannot believe the amount of victim blaming. Absolutely disgusting!

I know the victims. The roommate who was stabbed in the back, Anne, who placed the tourniquet on her roommate's arm is a hero and Anne saved her life. Anne is now struggling in the ICU. The lack of decency or compassion is absolutely revolting!

Matt Schieffer
Matt Schieffer

Fact: Their plan was faulty. Several miles walk at that hour on a Sunday? A taxi is typically cheaper than nerve surgery or having your lung drained. That area was assumed rather safe so not victim blaming just stating general factoids.

laxx1559
laxx1559

Go cruise around the U of M area on a weekend night, and look at all the drunk people walking by themselves (especially in the warmer weather)

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

I would like to say that this won't happen again but it will. These muggings need to stop. That is why when I do go out late at night (only sober) I always carry my gun on me and keep my eyes and ears open. I have yet to have an issue and hopefully never will....but I will defend my family. 


I would not shed one tear if a robber like this was gunned down. Not one. 


Prayers to the victims and their families. I hope they have medical insurance. 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Voters, stop supporting this behavior!

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Downtown is a war zone.  The University of MN is in the Hood!  Downtown is in the Hood.  Why so many people go to the U of M is beyond me, a not really impressive campus in the middle of a dangerous and becoming more dangerous city. 

limepop
limepop

This is literally victim blaming... 

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

@laxx1559  

So are you saying that drunk people walking by themselves deserved to victims of violent crime.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

Funny, you wouldn't shed a tear for a lost life, even if it is one of the least of these, yet you pray? What God is it that shares your view on human life?

nonyob
nonyob

you stupid bigot. have you been to an actual "hood"? did you hear about the murders and rapes that happen in the country areas and even suburban ones?? new Brighton, Woodbury, etc.

dangerous people go and live all over and not all of them are one color of skin or another.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@henk.tobias0 Are you really that stupid?  Fricking moron here has a problem with someone defending their safety.   

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@DavidFoureyes More like integrate instead of separate. When you relegate humanoids to animal status, society as a whole loses.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@nonyob You are an absolute moron if you really think that.  Consult the crime rate stats stupid.

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

@nonyob  Statistics prove otherwise. You really need to stop calling other people stupid when you are the one who just made a stupid comment. 

hootie22
hootie22

@digitalprotocol @kurt124 You accused him of "fear-mongering?" Have there not been dozens of violent robberies on or near the campus? Is downtown not becoming more and more dangerous? Check the crime statistics. He's not fear-mongering, he's describing the situation. If you feel so safe, why don't you go hang out on a 7th street bus stop one of these nights and, once you get out of the hospital, get back to us. God, liberals are weird.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kurt124  this didnt happen downtown or at the U of M... your commenting is pathetic and demonstrates your lack of knowledge. why do people go to the U? to get educated you dumb hick

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

@mingtran


Foureyes is a white-guilt apologist, FYI.

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

@nonyob  

Murders in New Brighton and Woodbury happen maybe once every 15 years. Someone gets offed in Somaliapolis at least once a week. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@hootie22  who said crime is rare?  cities and crime go hand in hand. big fucking deal. since the beginning of civilization crime has occurred in cities. 


its no worse than before


you clearly live in fear

hootie22
hootie22

@digitalprotocol South Mpls. And I'm very well informed about the crime rate downtown. I see it every day. Like I said, if it's so safe, why don't you conduct a little sociological experiment and report back to us. Go wander around downtown at night...Since crime is so rare, I'm sure you'll be fine.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@digitalprotocol  You're dodging. Go hang with your homies on Nic and 7th at night. They'd tear your cracker-ass apart.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@hootie22 btw, if you ride the bus 7th is a good spot to catch all the good routes... to Edina and whatnot

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@hootie22 @digitalprotocol @kurt124  


why would i "hang out" at a bus stop on 7th, i have 2 cars and a bike and i dont smoke crack in public.


downtown is not becoming more and more dangerous, crime is at historical lows. 


you guys are scared hicks

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @kurt124Does not change the fact that at the U the campus sucks and is in the middle of a Democrat zone, in the HOOOOOD!!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kurt124 uh downtown has never been a warzone


crime is down nationwide stupid fucking hick

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