MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – University of Minnesota police are seeking multiple suspects after two robberies occurred on campus over the weekend.
Authorities responded at about 8 p.m. to a report of a robbery near the Carlson School of Management and Wilson Library on the West Bank. Police say the victim was walking between the two buildings when three suspects assaulted him and took his phone. The suspects then fled the area.
The victim was tended to by paramedics for injuries and taken to a hospital.
The victim described the suspects as three black men, possibly of East African descent, all 20 to 25 years old and 5 feet, 9 inches to 6 feet tall with light to medium builds. The first suspect has short hair and was clean shaven, and was wearing a dark gray jacket with a gray hooded sweatshirt under with the hood up.
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The second suspect is described as having short hair and a goatee. He was wearing a gray jacket with a red hooded sweatshirt underneath. There wasn’t a further description on the third suspect.
University police said another robbery was attempted Friday just after 10 p.m. near the Mechanical Engineering building. A student was assaulted by five to six male suspects who followed him from the Washington Avenue light rail station, police said.
The suspects, described as African-American males in their late teens, 5-feet-6-inches to 5-feet-9-inches tall, kicked and punched the student in the head multiple times, according to police.
The robbery was interrupted by students leaving the Mechanical Engineering building. Police arrested two of the suspects. The male police identified as the primary suspect was not arrested. He was described as 5-feet-9-inches tall, medium build, wearing earrings, a dark gray or navy blue jacket, jeans and brown boots, possibly Timberlands.
Anyone who has information about either incident or who might know the suspects is asked to call the University of Minnesota Police Department at (612) 624-2677. Both incidents remain under investigation.