University of Minnesota officials have announced two more robberies on the Minneapolis campus – the latest in a series of violent crimes this school year, the Star Tribune reports.
In one of the latest incidents, campus police say they stopped a robbery of a young man and arrested two suspects north of Dinkytown at about 2 a.m. Wednesday.
In the other incident, a U of M student was attacked late Thursday night near the CVS Pharmacy at 15th Avenue SE and 4th Street SE, WCCO reports. He said he was knocked to the ground and the attacker told the victim he had a gun and punched him in the face, WCCO says. Two others tried to take his wallet, but were unsuccessful, police said.
KSTP reports that police are looking for four suspects from that attack. In addition, to the three involved in the attack, a fourth unknown suspect was in a white four-door sedan that was parked in the parking lot behind the pharmacy.
In other news, police said they had arrested two of three wanted suspects in an armed robbery of a student who was walking home from the library on Nov. 20.
Some students have been on edge since school began in the fall because of a spate of widely publicized crimes, mostly robberies. Among them were two incidents in November – a sexual assault and an attempted robbery. In one case, police reported a female student was sexually assaulted by a man who claimed to be a police officer.
A couple of weeks earlier, the university sent a mid-afternoon text alert advising students on the West Bank to seek shelter because a gunman had tried to rob a student of her laptop, then fled into the tunnel system connecting campus buildings.
Last month a male student was studying at about 3:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Carlson School of Management on the West Bank Campus when he was approached by a man who claimed to have a gun. The student gave up his laptop.
Thousands of University of Minnesota students have signed an online petition demanding a greater police presence on the Minneapolis campus.
But the Minnesota Daily reported that, recent incidents notwithstanding, campus crime has actually been declining for years.