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University of Minnesota police are investigating a robbery Sunday on the U of M's Twin Cities campus, KARE 11 reports.

Officials say the victim, a male, was studying at about 3:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Carlson School of Management on the West Bank Campus when he was approached by a man who claimed to have a gun.

Even though the weapon wasn't produced, the victim gave the suspect his laptop, officials said.

After calling for help, the victim then reportedly chased the suspect, who dropped the computer. The student retrieved the laptop and was uninjured in the incident, police said.

Surveillance video capturing footage of the suspect entering the building with an alleged accomplice is being reviewed by U of M police.

According to the U of M's crime alert, the suspect in the case is described as a black male, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, with unshaven facial hair who had silver caps on his lower front teeth. The suspect was also reportedly wearing a navy blue hoodie, and his shoes were white on the top half and red on the bottom half.

Police describe the accomplice as a black male who was wearing dark clothing with a boot-style walking cast on his left foot.

Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call U of M police at 612-624-COPS (2677).

The incident comes amid rising concerns over crimes on or near campus during the fall semester.

Sunday's robbery marks the second crime inside a campus building this fall. Last month, a man approached a female student in Anderson Hall, revealed a gun and demanded her laptop, police said.

After the student screamed, the man ran into the university’s tunnel system with her empty backpack, police said.

The Minnesota Daily said the crime alert issued after Sunday's incident was the 16th alert this fall.

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