University of Minnesota authorities issued an emergency alert over an armed robbery and attempted carjacking just off the Twin Cities campus Friday afternoon.
The incidents occurred around 2:50 p.m., on 4th Street SE between 28th Avenue SE and 29th Avenue SE, the university's Department of Public Safety (UMPD) said in an alert.
The first victim said the suspects — two males and one female, all in dark, hooded sweatshirts — tried to take their car. The victim managed to drive away to safety. The second victim had their phone stolen.
In both incidents, the suspects showed a gun, authorities said, adding the Minneapolis Police Department is handling these case. Bring Me The News has reached out to MPD for more information.
This comes just two days after a separate armed robbery a few blocks to the southwest. In that incident, UMPD said a suspect approached a victim around 1:22 p.m. near Dartmouth and Erie Street SE. They pointed a gun at the victim, took their purse and cellphone, then left in a silver SUV.
UMPD is investigating that incident.
At the start of the school year, the University of Minnesota detailed a host of new crime prevention strategies for the campus and surrounding neighborhoods, following a concerning spate of violence over the summer.
According to MPD, there were 104 carjackings in the city in 2019 and then 401 in 2020, representing a 286% increase year-over-year. The number of carjackings has risen even more in 2021, with 457 as of Nov. 1 this year.
Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.