Arrest follows two Dinkytown robberies

One of four suspects was apprehended in connection with the related crimes.

Sara Schweid

A juvenile thought to be involved in two robberies moments apart near campus was arrested July 4, said police Lt. Medaria Arradondo of Minneapolis’ 4th Precinct.

The first robbery happened at the intersection of 12th Avenue and Sixth Street Southeast, according to the police report.

A University student was robbed at gunpoint by four assailants, Arradondo said.

The arrested suspect’s name was not released because he is a juvenile.

Officers responded to the victim and, while getting his information, heard another squad car had responded to a separate aggravated robbery on 13th Avenue and Seventh Street Southeast.

The second robbery also had four suspects, according to the police report. The second victim also was a University student.

Police caught one suspect and the other three fled the scene, according to the report.

Details about what was stolen were not released.

The juvenile was booked at the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with aggravated robbery of a person, which is a felony charge, according to the report.

Police are looking for other suspects. They have descriptions, but because the case is still under investigation, the profiles won’t be released, Arradondo said.

Armed robbery
A 41-year old man was robbed at gunpoint July 7, according to police reports.

The man was walking home from work about 2:30 a.m. and was approached by two people who threatened him with a gun, said Steve Johnson, deputy chief of University police.

The man was walking south along 15th Street Southeast toward a Dinkytown bus stop, Johnson said.

He was approached by the two, threatened with a gun and robbed in front of Bierman Field, Johnson said.

The people stole the man’s wallet, according to the police report.

Johnson said that after this robbery the department did a count of aggravated robberies in their jurisdiction.

“These incidents made 74 robberies of persons in Southeast since the first of the year,” Johnson said.

He said that while the number of aggravated robberies has been increasing since last year, 74 is still higher than average.

Crime alert
A crime alert was put up at University Village West after a man was said to have followed a resident into the building and grabbed her July 8.

Lorien Mueller, property manager at the apartment,

said that about 7:30 a.m. Saturday, a resident allowed someone to enter the building behind her.

The man followed her down the hall and grabbed at her, Mueller said. After watching the security video, it is unclear whether the man grabbed the girl, Mueller said.

After he grabbed at her, she went into her apartment and the man ran away, Mueller said.

Mueller said that while people sometimes let nonresidents into the building, they’ve never before had any problems. She said the management makes it a point to ensure residents know the policies on nonresidents being granted entrance.

“That’s part of the whole controlled access system; certain people are given access, and you shouldn’t let people come in behind you,” she said.

Mueller said that after the incident she posted fliers in the building to let residents know about the incident and to remind them to not let people into the building.

Johnson said he planned to speak with the victim before issuing a safety alert.