MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The University of Minnesota Police Department is investigating an attempted robbery that occurred on campus Thursday night.

According to the U of M police, around 9:15 p.m. officers responded to a call of an attempted robbery on Lilly Plaza, just east of Northrop and north of Morrill Hall.

Police said the victim, who is a student, was walking with a friend across the plaza when someone ran into her from behind and attempted to take her phone from her hand.

The victim and the suspect struggled over the phone and fell to the ground. Eventually, the suspect got up and fled east toward Church Street.

Police said the victim was not injured and did not lose any property.

According to the police report, the suspect was male and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with thin gray stripes and blue jeans. The victim told police the sweatshirt concealed any other distinguishing factors about the suspect.

This incident is currently under investigation.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the University of Minnesota Police Department at 612-624-2677 and reference case number UM-16-355189.

Comments (6)
  1. Dan Mack says:

    Not to worry. It’s just our Somali armed robbers pumping up for the start of the school year.

  2. Please drop the non-descriptions, U of M. Come out into the light with the rest of the world. People have a right to know who are preying on them.

  3. Concerned about this says:

    Can describe clothing but not race?

  4. Hosthumor says:

    Interesting. A woman, accompanied by a friend, is attacked and struggles with an attacker who then flees the area. They see the hoodie and pants of the attacker but can not make out any other distinguishing features of the attacker that might help anyone interested in determining who he might be and detaining him. Interesting…

  5. Nicky says:

    My daughter was similarly attacked a few days later, her phone successfully stolen, at 17th and 4th near the dorm. It was dark suspect’s face was not seen.

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