U students assaulted and robbed on campus

by Elizabeth Cook

Two University students were physically assaulted and robbed at 2:40 a.m. Sunday at the corner of Oak and Fourth streets.

Five men, one carrying a metal pipe, punched and kicked the male victim and stole his wallet.

The female victim was also punched in the face and her purse was stolen.

After the attack, the female victim began chasing the suspects. She chased them to a four-door black sedan, with which the five suspects used to flee.

Hennepin County Medical Center paramedics arrived to look at the victims’ cuts and bruises.

Police are still looking for suspects.

Students can protect themselves by being aware of their surroundings and using the campus escort service, said Steve Johnson, deputy police chief for the University Police Department.

Drunk and naked

At 3:20 a.m. on July 12, a facilities manager directed an officer to an intoxicated man who was naked and passed out on a couch in the St. Paul campus’ McNeal Hall.

When the officer confronted the man, he did not know where he was or where his clothes were.

The man was cited for indecent exposure and also issued a trespassing warning. Officers then took him to Ramsey County’s detox unit.

A few hours later, his clothes were found in a break room in the basement.

In another intoxication incident, officers observed two men repeatedly crossing against a “don’t walk” sign at approximately 11:30 p.m on July 11.

The two suspects crossed at least three times before being confronted by officers.

Both men admitted to underage drinking. Officers issued citations for minor consumption and released them from the scene.

Stealing parts

On Thursday, employees at the University Fleet Services reported the theft of a new engine that was still in its box.

It was a nine-horsepower engine, which is commonly found in lawn mowers. An employee who was supposed to be working on the engine realized it was missing.