Police respond to robbery in Dinkytown

MPD and UMPD also respond to reports of an assault and trespassing.

by Emma Dill

The Minneapolis Police Department and University of Minnesota Police Department officers responded to reports of three robberies, an assault and other crimes on and around campus this week.

MPD responded to a robbery around 10:20 p.m. Monday near the Pillsbury Court Apartments in Dinkytown, according to a University timely warning. A University student was pushed down by three or four males while walking. The suspects punched and kicked the victim, took their phone and fled. The victim was unable to provide a suspect description. 

MPD responded to a reported robbery at the corner of 12th Avenue Southeast and University Avenue Southeast around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Two victims reported being robbed at gunpoint with a handgun. Video surveillance of the suspect’s vehicle is available and the case remains open.

On Sunday morning around 3 a.m., a male reported to MPD he had been assaulted the night before while at a party in Bierman Place Apartments. The victim reported he was at the party when a fight broke out between two females and a male. The male confronted the victim and assaulted him. The victim sustained minor injuries to his lip and nose but declined medical treatment.

The house director of Sigma Chi fraternity reported to MPD that at 1 a.m. Sunday morning a group of male suspects jumped the fence surrounding the fraternity house and removed a 4-foot-by-8-foot letter “X” from the yard. 

A UMPD officer found a man and his dog sleeping in an elevator lobby of the Washington Avenue parking ramp around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. When the officer approached him, the man woke up and became verbally aggressive, refusing to follow officer commands. When the man continued to resist officers, he was handcuffed. During a weapons search, the officer found two marijuana blunts in the man’s coat pocket. Police cited the man for possession of marijuana and trespassing.

UMPD Police Chief Matt Clark said despite higher-than-normal campus traffic during homecoming, the department did not see a significant spike in crime. Cooler, rainy weather made for smaller crowds at the homecoming parade and concert, which may have contributed to the lower crime rates, he added.