MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Police are investigating two armed robberies that occurred between 9:40 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, near the University of Minnesota campus.
Police say two suspects are believed to be involved in both incidents.
The first robbery occurred off campus at the Stadium View Apartments at 2508 Delaware Street. The victim, who is a student at the U, said he was in the parking garage when two men approached him, demanding his phone, wallet and other valuables. One of the men threatened the victim with a handgun and struck him in the head when he refused to give up his valuables.
Police say they don’t believe the men stole anything in that incident.
One of the men is described as a black man, 25 to 30 years old with a beard and light build. He was wearing a black jacket and gloves.
The other man is described as a white man, 25 to 30 years old, with crooked teeth and freckles. He was wearing a gray and black checkered jacket and jeans.
The second robbery occurred in Dinkytown at 14th Avenue SE and 7th Street SE. The victim, who is not a student, said two men confronted her while she was walking on the sidewalk. She said one man pointed a handgun at her and demanded her purse. The men then took her purse and fled. The victim told police she lost $130 in the robbery.
In this incident, the descriptions of both men were similar, adding the detail that the black man was approximately 6-feet-tall with a light build, this time wearing a leather jacket and hooded sweatshirt.
The other man was described as white or Hispanic, approximately 6-feet-tall with a regular build and a slight mustache. He was wearing a tan and white checkered jacket with dark pants during this incident.
Minneapolis Police are asking anyone with information about either incident to call the tip line at (612) 692-8477.