Students charged in hockey melee

by Amy Hackbarth

Seven University students were charged with felonies Wednesday morning for damaging Dinkytown property after the Gophers’ April national hockey championship win.

Charges of gross misdemeanors or misdemeanors against five more University students are pending in the Minneapolis City Attorney’s office, said University Police Chief Steve Johnson.

The University Police Department is also seeking to identify nine people pictured on the department’s Web site. The department gleaned the photos from videos taken during the night of April 6 and the morning of April 7.

The department will recommend charges against those individuals once they are identified, said Officer Troy Buhta.

“This is a way to show that the University and the University Police Department take this stuff seriously,” Buhta said.

Wednesday’s charges, filed in Hennepin County District Court, come three months after three University students and a Minneapolis man were charged for their involvement in the melee.

“We will investigate crimes that happened on campus if we can,” Johnson said. “And the events that happened that night were criminal.”

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