University student’s car stolen outside SE Como home

Also, a string of car break-ins hit a University Ave. parking lot.

Kia Farhang

An unknown suspect stole a University of Minnesota student’s car from outside his Southeast Como home sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, even though the student had both copies of his car keys.

Minneapolis police public information officer Cyndi Barrington said she doesn’t know how a suspect could steal a car without the keys.

Journalism sophomore Ken Gonzales said he left his house on 21st Avenue Southeast Wednesday afternoon to visit a friend on campus when he noticed his car wasn’t on the street.

“I just thought it was towed,” Gonzales said, so he called an impound lot his car had been towed to in the past.

After several calls to the impound lot, Gonzales determined his car had been stolen.

“I started freaking out,” he said. Gonzales said he’s unsure how the suspect would have taken his car.

“I have both keys on me,” he said. “The doors were locked.”

Minneapolis police have recorded 10 other stolen vehicles in the Southeast Como neighborhood so far this year.

Homeless man assaulted near TCF Bank Stadium

A homeless man was assaulted near the East Bank campus early Wednesday morning.

The victim, 27, told his friend Jeremy Duncan five men jumped him near TCF Bank Stadium, Duncan said.

“His face was all swollen and his eyes were bleeding,” Duncan said. “He was really messed up.”

The victim went to the Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.

Barrington said police don’t yet have any suspect information.

Duncan said he thinks his friend was targeted because he’s homeless.

“I know him,” he said, “he’s not the type to start anything with anybody.”

In the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, which includes the University, police have recorded six other assaults so far this year.

Trespassing at Fairview

University police arrested a woman Wednesday and banned her from the University Medical Center, Fairview after she violated hospital staff’s earlier trespass warnings, according to a police report.

Hospital security had detained the woman, 41, by the time police arrived. Security told police the woman had been warned not to enter the building two weeks ago.

Police arrested the woman because she had a warrant out for theft. She’s banned from the hospital for a year.