Spring Jam sees heavy police force

Also, two students were assaulted and robbed early Sunday morning.

With an enhanced police presence on and around campus for this yearâÄôs Spring Jam celebration, the University of Minnesota community witnessed a substantial decrease in civil disturbances but an increase in alcohol-related citations compared to last year. While Minneapolis police did not issue any alcohol-related citations for 2009âÄôs Spring Jam weekend, officers gave out 16 in surrounding neighborhoods Saturday. University police issued 32 alcohol-related citations in comparison to the nine issued last year. Twenty of these 32 citations were issued for consumption of alcohol by minors. Of the remaining 12 citations, half were for underage possession of alcohol and half were for consuming in public. Although the increase may indicate a rise in partying this year, University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said it largely stems from the strengthened officer force. âÄúWeâÄôre lauding it as a success all the way around,âÄù Minneapolis 2nd Precinct Inspector Bryan Schafer said. âÄúWe had a lot of positive feedback from the council members and U of M officials.âÄù Minneapolis officers responded to roughly 60 party complaints over the course of this yearâÄôs Spring Jam weekend. Officers handled many of these calls without having to administer citations, Schafer said. Police gave three citations for behavioral problems, which is half the number given during last yearâÄôs chaotic festivities. âÄúWe asked officers to be proactive and to set the tone as far as enforcement,âÄù Miner said. University students assaulted near Field House Two University students were assaulted and robbed early Sunday morning near the University Field House. Three men approached the victims near the intersection of 18th Street Southeast and University Avenue Southeast at approximately 2 a.m. One suspect punched a female victim in the nose with a closed fist and stole her wallet and keys, according to a University public safety alert. The other victim was also assaulted, and both were treated for injuries at the scene and released, according to the alert. âÄúIt may have been a crime of opportunity involving some partiers,âÄù Miner said. âÄúIt doesnâÄôt match the description of recent robberies, so itâÄôs sort of unique.âÄù The suspects were described as being between the ages of 20 and 25. One of the individuals was described as a white male about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium build and a white button-up shirt with thin lines. The second suspect was described as a 6-foot-2-inch black male with a slight build wearing a gray sweatshirt. The victims were only able to describe the third suspect as a white male. âÄîJames Nord contributed to this story.