2 men assaulted in Southeast Como

Also, UMPD arrested three people for driving while intoxicated.

Kia Farhang

Two men were assaulted within five minutes early Sunday morning in southeast Como, according to Minneapolis police reports. Police don’t yet know if the crimes were related.

In the first incident, the suspect approached the victim and his brother on 16th Avenue Southeast and started making conversation, said Minneapolis police Sgt. Bill Palmer.

“They felt like the guy was really crowding in on them,” Palmer said.

The suspect punched the victim in the face and fled on a bike, according to a police report. The victim hit his head on the ground and was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

A few minutes later, University of Minnesota psychology and human resource development junior Kayla Casias said she heard someone talking outside her house on Como Avenue Southeast.

She said she heard a thud, looked outside and saw one man standing over another in the road.

“This kid just got his face slammed,” she said, adding that there was blood in the street.

An ambulance took the victim to the hospital shortly after, according to the police report. Palmer said there isn’t enough information to say whether the two assaults are related.

Police arrested a man after he punched a University student at the Library Bar and Grill early Saturday morning, according to police.

Palmer said the student — an employee at the bar — told police he wouldn’t press charges against the suspect. But police arrested the suspect because he had several warrants out for his arrest.

He was booked at the Hennepin County jail.

Unlocked homes exploited

Neighborhoods surrounding the University saw several home burglaries over the weekend, according to Minneapolis police reports.

Someone entered a University student’s unlocked front porch on 18th Avenue Southeast between Saturday and Sunday and stole two bikes, one report said. Several other bikes on the porch were left alone.

On Saturday morning, police responded to an apartment burglary on Sixth Street Southeast while the residents were sleeping, according to another report.

Cassandra Snow said she and her roommate had forgotten to close the windows to their home.

“It was so late that I thought it would be OK,” she said.

When they woke up Saturday morning, they noticed one of their window screens was missing, the report said.

Two backpacks, a purse and a laptop were taken from the living room. Police checked a neighboring yard and found the purse, but the wallet inside it was gone.

U police cite three for drunk driving

University police cited three people for driving while intoxicated in separate incidents last week, according to reports.

Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said all of the suspects were committing other traffic violations when police stopped them.

Police stopped a woman early Sunday morning as she was trying to drive out of the Dinkytown Parking Facility, according to police.

Miner said the woman, who is not affiliated with the University, was honking her horn while stuck behind the parking gate arm.

She was cited for driving under the influence.

A University alumnus was speeding on the 10th Avenue Bridge early Friday morning when an officer pulled him over, according to a University police report.

Miner said the man told police he’d had “a couple of drinks,” but tested above the legal alcohol limit.

Another woman was speeding on 15th Avenue Southeast early Saturday morning, a report said.

Miner said the officer noticed an open bottle of rum in the car. Both the driver and her passenger are under age 21 and were arrested for DWI and underage consumption, respectively.

Thefts hit U staff

A University staff member had his laptop stolen June 11 when he stepped away from his office in the Regis Center for Art, according to a University police report.

University police recorded 145 thefts in the first five months of the year. That’s down from 208 thefts in the same period last year, according to police data.

Another University staff member may have had her credit cards stolen from her office June 10 in the 717 Delaware Building.

A University police report said the theft may have occurred at a movie theater the night before, but the victim didn’t start getting charges on her debit card until the following afternoon.