Cyclist darts from police, gets arrested for fleeing

Police said the man told them to “get a real job” before riding away from them.

Elizabeth Cook

There were four thefts from cars in the parking garage at University Village apartments from Sept. 27 to Monday, according to reports.

On Sept. 29, one victim went out to his vehicle to discover that the front passenger window had been broken and his car stereo stolen.

Lorien Mueller, a community manager at University Village said this happens once or twice a year where three or four cars will be broken into.

It typically happens in the beginning of the school year, Mueller said.

Each of the garage doors at University Village have cameras that record anytime anyone goes in or out, Mueller said.

University Police Department Lt. Charles Miner said investigators are reviewing the tapes.

Breaking windows

In two separate incidents, window panes were broken at University buildings.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a security monitor heard glass breaking while he was at the front desk at the Carlson School of Management.

When he went to investigate, he found a broken window at the east entrance.

Officers arrived to take the report and pictures of the damage. The rock that was used to break the window was also found inside the building, lying on the floor.

Officers didn’t find fingerprints on the rock.

On Monday, around midnight, academic adviser Jabari Barner went into Wulling Hall to use a computer.

As he approached the building, he saw a smashed door window, he said.

Barner said he was afraid to enter the building because he didn’t know whether anybody was in it.

He entered anyway and called police, he said.

This kind of crime is not common on campus, Miner said.

Miner said there are no suspects for either incident and while they are similar acts, they are not related.

“They certainly could be the same person, but nothing’s pointing to that,” Miner said.

Pedaling away

At approximately 1 a.m. Sunday, a bicyclist tried to flee from officers patrolling in a police car.

The bicyclist was riding on the wrong side of the road, without lights or reflectors, Miner said.

When officers tried to warn him about riding on the wrong side of the road, the bicyclist told officers to “get a real job,” Miner said.

He didn’t think he was doing anything wrong, Miner said.

When officers turned on their lights to pull the bicyclist over, he turned back, saw the lights, and crossed across the lanes of the road and started to flee.

Miner said officers were able to grab the bicyclist’s arms, and he was then booked at Hennepin County Jail on a charge of fleeing police.

Steve Johnson, deputy chief for the University Police Department said there is an equal charge of fleeing police, whether it’s in a car, on foot or on a bicycle.