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Alert issued following carjacking near U of M

The message sent to students and staff indicated that the incident happened shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday and that the victim's vehicle lost a mirror in the scuffle.

MINNEAPOLIS — Editor's Note: The video above first aired on Jan. 13, 2022.

Students and staff members are on alert after a notification of an assault and carjacking that took place near the University of Minnesota campus was sent late Sunday. 

The notification from the U of M Department of Public Safety says the victim was making a delivery around 9 p.m. near the intersection of Washington and University Avenues SE when they were assaulted by a suspect. The attacker was able to make off with the delivery vehicle, but police say the driver's side mirror was ripped off during the struggle. 

Minneapolis police spokesman Garrett Parten elaborated on the case Monday afternoon, saying the driver left the vehicle running and when he or she came out, the suspect was inside. That suspect refused to comply with the driver's demands that he exit the car, and drove off instead. 

The stolen Toyota Prius was later found in southeast Minneapolis and towed to a lot. 

A check of recent campus alerts shows three reported carjackings in the month of March. 

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