Assailant strikes U student with a flashlight

Police responded to two separate assault incidents near the University.

Elizabeth Cook

Assaults continue on and around campus, whether it’s a student randomly being attacked or a student slapping her ex-boyfriend in front of police.


In two separate incidents near campus, police responded to assaults.

The first incident occurred about 1 a.m. Saturday.

According to the report, police arrived at Hennepin County Medical Center, where a University student said he was assaulted at a party on University Avenue Southeast.

The student was hit in the head with a flashlight.

The second incident occurred about 1 a.m. Sunday near the corner of Walnut Street Southeast and Washington Avenue Southeast.

According to the police report, the victim was assaulted by an unknown suspect.

Minneapolis police did not supply more information about these incidents.

Don’t change the TV

Two separate incidents happened at Coffman Union in the past week.

About 2 p.m. Saturday officers were flagged down by building staff members because of a fight in the first-floor TV lounge.

Steve Johnson, deputy chief for University police, said the incident started while people were watching TV. One person got up to change the channel. The suspect said, “Don’t change the TV,” and pushed him over, Johnson said.

Another person, who also became a victim, came over in an attempt to calm the two down. The suspect then hit him in the arm with a 5-foot cane, Johnson said.

Before leaving, the suspect warned he would come back to get them. When officers arrived on the scene, the suspect was gone.

There haven’t been any more incidents since, Johnson said.

Smacking an ex

Two officers and a sergeant for University police witnessed two University students arguing outside the main entrance at Coffman Union.

Johnson said the woman smacked the man across the face with her open hand.

Police separated the two. The man was sitting down when the woman walked over and slapped him in the face again.

At this point, one of the officers went to grab the woman’s hand. In turn, the woman kicked the officer in the leg, police said.

The officer took her to the ground and handcuffed her, Johnson said.

She was booked at Hennepin County Jail on a charge of fourth-degree assault of an officer.

In addition, she was given a preliminary breath test, which read a blood alcohol concentration of 0.162 percent.

Johnson said the woman also was charged with domestic assault and minor consumption of alcohol.