Racially-motivated assault reported at Metro State University

A university employee was attacked on the St. Paul campus.
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Metro State University says one of its employees was physically assaulted on Wednesday in a racially-motivated attack.

The assault happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday on an exterior stairwell at the New Main building on the St. Paul campus.

Police have said a Metro State employee was approached from behind by a man who asked him where he was from, what language he was speaking and why he was in this country, before physically assaulting him.

The victim has been identified by KSTP as Shamimul Alam, who is originally from Bangladesh but has lived in Minnesota for 25 years. Alam said he suffered a broken eye socket and a broken nasal socket in the attack.

The man behind the attack has not been located, despite Alam trying to follow him in the wake of the assault.

Metro State has said that safety staff and police will continue their tours around the campus, while the St. Paul PD will be increasing its patrols.

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"This violent act is frightening and violates all of our most important university principles of openness, welcome, inclusion and security," the university said in a statement.

"Metropolitan State University serves a diverse population and is committed to anti-racism and a positive learning, working and living environment. Our role is to assist in the creation of an environment in which every member of the university community is valued and everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

"We live in volatile and contentious times. An attack on any member of our community is an attack on all of us and creates feelings of fear and insecurity. We will continue to stand strong together and extend a supportive hand, especially to those who may be feeling most vulnerable."

Police are checking surveillance footage to track down the culprit. Anyone with information should contact St. Paul PD.

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