U of M student helps save roommate after both stabbed in robbery

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Police are looking for a man who stabbed two women during a robbery in Minneapolis early Monday morning, according to reports.

The women, who are both 21-year-old University of Minnesota students, were on their way home from a bar when a man approached them and demanded money near the corner of Hennepin Avenue East and University Avenue Northeast, police told the Star Tribune.

The women gave the suspect $5, and then he stabbed them both near the busy intersection, according to reports. The suspect then took off on foot. Police have not yet released a detailed description of the man.

One of the victims, who had been stabbed in the arm, used her shirt to help slow the bleeding of her roommate, who had been stabbed in the back, the Star Tribune reports. One of the roommates is from St. Paul and one is from a small town in Illinois, and they share a townhouse about a mile from campus, the newspaper reports.

The women were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, WCCO says. They were listed in satisfactory condition, the Star Tribune notes.

Police told KSTP that the assault is "very unusual" for the commercial area.

Police have not said what the suspect looks like, but they hope security cameras captured the incident, KARE 11 says.

KARE tweeted an image from the scene:

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information about this crime through CrimeStoppers of Minnesota. More information can also be found at www.crimestoppersmn.org. Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call Minneapolis police. The tip line is 612-692-8477 or text “TIP674” plus the tip to 274637.

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