University of Minnesota officials released another crime alert Thursday, this time regarding an armed robbery of a student about a block from campus Wednesday morning, the Pioneer Press said.
The latest crime near school grounds comes after an armed robbery attempt last week in a neighborhood adjacent to campus. Students recently told lawmakers they no longer feel safe after a rash of crimes during the fall semester, including armed robberies, muggings and sexual assaults.
In Wednesday's incident, police said a female student was walking to class when she was approached by a man who showed a gun and demanded her backpack. The suspect reportedly grabbed the backpack – containing a wallet and iPad, according to police – and fled.
Police said the crime was not reported by the student for 12 hours, which hampered the search for the suspect.
Authorities described the suspect as a black male about 20 to 25 years old, and 5 feet 10 inches tall with a heavy build. According to the student, the suspect was wearing a black winter jacket, blue jeans and dirty black work boots. The victim also said the man was wearing black knit gloves, a black knit hat and a black sweater.
The victim said the suspect's nose and mouth were covered by the sweater's collar, which is why she could only give a vague description of him, KARE 11 reported. She also believes the man spoke with a foreign accent, the station said.
The Star Tribune said the U of M recently took the unusual step of asking Minneapolis police to send more officers to campus to assist the university's 50 officers.