Minneapolis student robbed at gunpoint

Two other University students were also robbed near campus last week.

Andy Steinke

Three college students, two of them from the University, were robbed this week, according to Minneapolis police reports.

The first victim, who didn’t want to be named because he feared for his safety, was robbed at gunpoint near Van Cleve Park the morning of April 22.

The Minneapolis college student said he was in the suspect’s car “going over some business” when the suspect pulled out a handgun. The victim didn’t say if he knew the suspect.

“My passenger’s door was open and there was another guy holding me in the car with a knife,” the victim said. “The one guy said something along the lines of ‘It’s been a tough day, so let’s make this easy’ and then he cocked the gun.”

The two men asked him for his money, wallet, cell phone and keys. Then they searched his body for anything else and took his shoes.

The suspect with the gun pushed him out of the car and looked through his wallet, then gave his keys back after they took the money.

The suspect with the knife convinced the other suspect to give him the phone back, but not in pristine condition.

“The guy with the gun threw it as hard as he could at my feet,” he said. “But it still works.”

The victim found Minneapolis police patrolling the area and told them what had happened.

The victim was able to identify the man with the gun as Ahmad Eltawely, who was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. The victim was unable to identify the suspect with the knife.

Eltawely was taken to the Hennepin County jail, but was released Thursday on $50,000 bail.

In another April 22 robbery, University student Abigail Ashenden was walking down Eighth Street Southeast near 11th Avenue Southeast when two men in a car pulled up next to her.

One of the men got out of the vehicle and said, “Give me your purse,” Minneapolis police Sgt. Jesse Garcia said.

She tossed it to the man and he and the other suspect took off in the vehicle, headed westbound on Eighth St.

The third robbery took place early Monday morning at 2211 Ninth St. S. near the University’s West Bank.

University student Nikita Koval was robbed by two men just after midnight.

Garcia said one of the men pretended he had a gun under his sweatshirt. He took Koval’s wallet, which only had a small amount of cash in it.

Police ticket 15 drinkers Saturday during Spring Jam

Minneapolis and University police ticketed 15 people for drinking or being in possession of alcohol on Saturday, the last day of Spring Jam, according to police reports. Fourteen of those people were underage.

Seven of the underage drinkers were ticketed for possession of liquor by a minor because police found them walking down the street with an open container of alcohol.

Two other people were ticketed for consuming alcohol when police found them carrying open containers of alcohol.

The remaining six were ticketed for consuming alcohol.

Second precinct Inspector Robert Skomra said Minneapolis police had extra patrol officers near the University this weekend because of the parties associated with Spring Jam.

He said students seem to have lost interest in the event in recent years and it hasn’t been as big of a problem as in the past. The 15 arrests were fewer than in years past, he said.

The biggest problems in prior years have been noisy parties disrupting the peace, Skomra said.