Police still looking for suspects in murder

No arrests have been made for the murder of a 20-year-old Minneapolis man last week

Police are still looking for suspects in the murder of a Minneapolis man found stabbed in the throat on June 18 near Augsburg College and the University, Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Garcia said.

University and Minneapolis police responded to a call around 2 a.m. that Joseph Sodd III , 20, had been found stabbed near the intersection of Seventh Street and 19th Avenue South, Garcia said.

Sodd, who is not a University student, died later that day after being taken to Hennepin County Medical Center .

Minneapolis police are currently interviewing potential witnesses, Garcia said.

Influx of robberies in University area prompt crime alert

There have been no arrests made in the three robberies reported in neighborhoods surrounding the University’s East Bank this month, Garcia said.

The robberies prompted Minneapolis police to issue a crime alert for the area last week .

According to the alert, in each incident, female victims were robbed by black male suspects claiming to be armed with guns.

The first incident occurred near 10th and Como avenues southeast on June 3 at 1 p.m. The second occurred on June 4 near the 2500 block of Delaware Street Southeast. The third occurred on Eighth Street Southeast near the 1600 block, according to the alert.

Based on the descriptions of the incidents, it’s possible that two of them are related, Garcia said, adding that, at this point, it’s only a “hunch.”

Meanwhile, University police are concentrating on keeping officers visible around the areas of the incidents to deter future crime, University police Chief Greg Hestness said.

Two robberies were reported in the Marcy-Holmes, University and Como neighborhoods combined in May, according to police statistics.

Allison Wickler contributed to this report.