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Minneapolis PD: 3 armed robberies around U of M may be connected

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The Minneapolis Police Department says three robberies on three consecutive days – all of which involved two suspects armed with a handgun – may be connected.

According to a press release from Minneapolis police Thursday, the incidents happened in the southeast area of the city, and all between 10 p.m. and about 3:30 a.m.

"We believe that for sure two are connected, possibly a third," Lt. Sean McGinty with the department's robbery unit said.

In each case, the victim described a similar situation where two suspects approached and a black handgun was visible. All occurred near or on the University of Minnesota campus' East Bank.

Stolen in the first two incidents was cash, electronics, and student IDs. McGinty said people walking alone and unaware – with headphones in, for example, or staring at a phone – are easier targets.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) and begin the message with: TIP 674

The incidents:

Jan. 19 – 10 p.m.

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This one was detailed Wednesday, and happened near the Pillsbury Court Apartments Tuesday night, on the first day of spring semester. The victim told police he was approached by two suspects, one of whom displayed a gun and demanded his valuables.

A suspect then placed a gun to the victim's chest and told him to walk the other way.

Police said Thursday the suspects were described as black males, 20-25 years old, one of them wearing a puffy jacket.

Jan. 20 – 10:15 p.m.

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According to police, the victim was on the footbridge near Eight Street SE and 14th Avenue SE when he was robbed at gunpoint by two suspects. The victim was then told to "walk the other way" and not follow the suspects.

The weapon was described as a black semi-auto.

The suspects were black males, 20-25 years old, one of them about 6 feet and the other a few inches shorter. One was wearing a light-colored winter jacket.

Jan. 21 – 3:26 a.m.

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Just hours later, police say a third victim was entering the vestibule of a building at The Bridges Apartments (930 University Ave. SE.) when he was "pushed through the door and spun around" by one of the suspects.

A second suspect was there but locked out.

The victim noticed a gun and yelled – both suspects then fled on foot.

They were described as black males, 20-25 yeas old. One was wearing a black hooded coat with black sweatpants. The other had a black hoodie and red sweatpants.

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