Police investigating 3 violent assaults, robberies near U of M campus


Three people were violently assaulted and robbed near the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus over a 36-hour period this past weekend.

According to University Police, all three victims were just off campus (two on the East Bank, one on the West Bank) when they were approached by at least one person and physically attacked. The suspect (or suspects) then took items and fled.

The three incidents, according to university police:

Friday, Nov. 14, 1:30 a.m.

  • A female student was walking home near the intersection of 12th Avenue and 6th Street Southeast and noticed a single suspect following her. She turned to confront the person, and the suspect struck her in the face and took her wallet.

Saturday, Nov. 15, 1:30 a.m.

  • The male victim was walking home when he was approached from behind by three suspects near the intersection of Riverside Avenue and 19th Avenue Southeast. The suspects assaulted the man, possibly resulting in a broken nose, and fled with his jacket, wallet and keys.

Saturday, Nov. 15, 9:45 p.m.

  • A male victim was walking on 14th Avenue Southeast near the intersection of Seventh Street when four male suspects came up to him. One asked for a cigarette, then hit the victim in the face. The suspect continued hitting the man while the three others rifled through the suspect's jacket pockets. They took his wallet and fled.

Both victims who were approached by multiple suspects described their attackers as young – all seemingly under 20 years old, maybe as young as 15.

The spate of incidents comes after a 2013 fall semester in which university police sent out 18 crime alerts for 23 separate incident, the most such notices in six years.

As a response, this year the U hired more campus police officers, restricted access to more of its buildings, and made security a higher priority during the orientation of new students, MPR reported.

Since freshman move-in day toward the end of August, eight different crime alerts have been send out by the university police.

Next Up

PD Shimmers closeup

Man with Parkinson's lights up Plymouth with synchronized light show

"The best medicine I have for my disease is what I try to do with the light show," Mike Justak said.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.34.43 AM

Watch: Drunk squirrel in Minnesota captures the world's attention

The squirrel was immediately cut off after nearly tipping over.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.15.09 PM

Small town gym refusing to close facing lawsuit from attorney general

The gym is facing a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to halt their operations.

credit card, payment

Money Gal Coaching: Bouncing back after living your best life

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.


When do stores open on Black Friday this year?

Many major retailers will be open Black Friday, some for extended hours.

police tape, crime scene

Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.


Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

coronavirus, ICU

Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.


Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.