Day after start of school, U of M students robbed at gunpoint in Dinkytown

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It was an unpleasant start to the school year for two University of Minnesota students, who were robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday morning.

According to campus newspaper the Minnesota Daily, the two students were walking on 4th St SE in Dinkytown when they were approached by the suspect, who appears to have chatted to them and convinced them to grab something to eat with him.

Saying that he needed to get something from his car first, he persuaded the victims to follow him down a nearby alley and pulled a gun on them, demanding their "valuables," the paper says. The students complied and handed over their belongings.

Neither victim was injured in the robbery, KSTP says.

According to the station, the suspect is described as a "5 feet 10 inches to six feet tall," black male with a thin build and short hair. His age is estimated to be between 18 and 24.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Minneapolis Police Department.

U of M's fall semester started on Tuesday.

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