Student arrested at Five Guys

by Jake Stark

A University student was arrested outside of Five Guys Burgers and Fries early Saturday for harassing an off-duty police officer, according to a Minneapolis police report.

The student, 22, was acting as if he was going to damage a police squad car parked outside of Five Guys around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, the report said. The officer told him to leave the area, but the student refused.

After the student refused to leave, the officer arrested him on suspicion of obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct, the report said.

A University police officer arrived at the scene and found the student to be very drunk, said Minneapolis police Sgt. Steve McCarty, so the officers booked him at Hennepin County Jail.

Smartphone stolen near Central Avenue Southeast

A University student had her cellphone ripped from her hand Thursday night near a bus stop close to Central Avenue Southeast, according to a Minneapolis police report.

The student, 21, was walking away from the bus shelter around 9:45 p.m. Thursday when a man followed her and grabbed her phone from her hand, the report said.

The man then fled into a car that pulled up next to him, the report said. The car drove off across the Third Avenue Bridge before police could arrive at the scene.

Thefts like these are not uncommon around the University, said Minneapolis crime prevention specialist Nick Juarez .

“We probably see more thefts of the forgotten cellphone at the bar or at a party,” he said. “But we’ve seen that before, where someone is distracted and texting, and another person runs up and grabs the cellphone from them.

In order to prevent these types of thefts, students need to learn to put their cellphones away, Juarez said.

“You can’t be using your phone,” he said. “I know it’s hard. For most people, that’s their computer; that’s their iPod; that’s their life right there. But just don’t look at it until you’re in a safe place.”