MINNEAPOLIS - Police are warning students at the University of Minnesota (U of M) to be aware of their surroundings after an armed robbery near campus.
It happened just before 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 12. A student and a friend were walking near the intersection of 11th Avenue Southeast and 7th Street Southeast when they encountered a group of six African American males. The victims say as they walked through the group the suspects surrounded them and one of the suspects pointed a gun.
The suspects took the victim's purse that held an iPhone and other valuables, and the group of suspects fled. Neither the victim nor her friend was injured.
Police say the man who pointed the gun is described as a black male between 20 and 25 years old, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing dark clothing.
Minneapolis Police are investigating this off-campus crime. Anyone with information is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-8477.
In the meantime U of M remind students to:
- Walking with someone is the easiest way to ensure your safety late at night and on the weekends. If you can't find someone to walk with, call the Campus Escort Service at 612-624-WALK for a free security escort, seven days a week, 24-7. On the weekends, call the Gopher Chauffeur at 612-388-6911 for free transportation to and from area destinations.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. When you are distracted you make an easier target.
- When threatened with a weapon, it's best not to resist. Your personal safety is more important than a lost wallet or cell phone.
- Carry minimal amounts of valuables.
- Keep written records of valuables, including model and serial numbers, in a safe place.
- Call 911 immediately if you are the victim or witness to a crime.
- Document information about the suspect for police (i.e. clothing descriptions, facial features, piercings or tattoos, speech, etc.).
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