Three U students injured in an assault at electrical engineering building

Koran Addo

Last week an assault inside the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building left three University students injured, including one who was “bleeding profusely” from his head and face, University police officials said.

Witnesses said 23-year-old Patrick Scanlon walked into a study room in the building and asked University student Leonard Johnson, “Are you making fun of me for failing my semiconductor exam?”

Witnesses said after Johnson replied “no,” Scanlon ran at him and attacked him, punching him repeatedly in the face.

According to police reports, students tried to intervene, including 27-year-old Paul Cheng, before Scanlon turned on Cheng and attacked him, shouting racial slurs.

Police officials said that when they arrived, several people were restraining Scanlon.

Cheng was taken to the hospital for treatment and Johnson, who suffered minor injuries, did not receive medical attention.

Scanlon was arrested and charged with fifth-degree assault.

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Last Sunday two juveniles on bicycles robbed a 19-year-old University woman near the corner of Essex Street Southeast and Oak Street Southeast.

University police were en route to the scene when they overheard a call from the Minneapolis Police Department dispatch of an attempted robbery with the same suspect descriptions.

The Minneapolis dispatch informed the officers the suspects were seen entering an apartment complex on 27th Avenue Southeast.

When police entered the complex, residents inside gave them the identity of at least one of the suspects.

The case is active and no arrests or formal charges have been made.

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University police cited and released a 14-year-old male after an officer observed the juvenile driving a vehicle onto a transitway reserved for buses and emergency vehicles only.

The vehicle was released to its registered owner.