Timely Warning-August 8, 2017
On Tuesday, August 8 just before 5:00 a.m., the University of Minnesota Police Department responded to the report of a robbery outside of the Civil Engineering Building at 500 Pillsbury Drive SE.
According to the police report, four suspects approached the victim and began punching him while demanding valuables and going through his pockets. The suspects stole the victim's property and were last seen running eastbound towards the University Recreation and Wellness Center. The victim was able to provide only a limited description of the suspects. The victim, who is a student, sustained minor injuries.
Approximately ten minutes later, University of Minnesota Police responded to the report of a robbery at the intersection of Oak Street SE and University Avenue SE.
According to the police report, a taxi driver was stopped at the intersection of Oak and University when two suspects approached from the area near TCF Bank Stadium and got into the back seat of the cab. One of the suspects was wearing a mask, and demanded money and implied he had a gun. The victim surrendered his valuables, and the suspects were last seen running southbound along Oak Street.
The victim describes the suspects as two black males between 17 and 22 years old, approximately five feet eight inches to five feet eleven inches tall with thin builds. The suspect wearing a mask who implied a firearm was dark skinned. The other suspect was light skinned and was wearing yellow pants. Both suspects were wearing hoodies. The victim was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the University of Minnesota Police Department at 612-624-COPS (2677) and reference case numbers UM-17-299019 and UM-17-299024.
The Department of Public Safety is required to issue Timely Notifications for crimes that meet the criteria under the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. These crimes occurred on Campus and are being investigated by the University of Minnesota Police Department.