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Attempted kidnapping reported by student near U of M campus

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An attempted kidnapping was reported early Wednesday morning near the University of Minnesota campus.

KSTP reports that according to a crime alert, a woman was walking alone on University Avenue around 12:10 a.m. when she was approached by two males in a dark blue sedan.

A suspect in the passenger seat of the car asked if the woman needed help. When she replied "no," he got out of the car and confronted her on the sidewalk.

According to a crime alert, when she tried to defend herself with pepper spray, the man pushed her to the ground and used it on her. She screamed and the suspects drove away on University Avenue.

KARE 11 reports that police describe the suspect as a black male between 20 and 25 years old. The man stands around six feet two inches to six feet four inches tall with a medium build and medium complexion.

The incident comes just a few days after another student reported she was sexually assaulted early Sunday morning by someone impersonating a police officer. A similar assault also occurred in Fridley over the weekend.

Students at the University of Minnesota are taking a stand on safety. An online petition has received thousands of signatures demanding an increased police presence on and near campus.

The U of M campus police have recently increased patrols due to a rise in crime during the semester.

Police want anyone with information on the attempted kidnapping to call the Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-8477. The case reference number is MP-13-394848.

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