Police respond to domestic violence on campus

University police arrested a man for fifth degree domestic assault Sunday.

by Elizabeth Cook

At approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday, a woman walked into the emergency room at the University’s Medical Center, Fairview.

Steve Johnson, deputy police chief for the University Police Department, said the woman said she had been kicked and punched by her boyfriend and did not want to be with him anymore.

The woman then realized she left her purse in her van, Johnson said.

The nurse followed her to the vehicle to make sure she would be OK.

When the woman went to get her purse, her boyfriend forced her back into the car, according to police reports.

The nurse stood in front of the vehicle and put his hands on the hood to prevent the man from driving off.

The man tried to run the nurse over, causing the nurse to jump out of the way of the vehicle. The man drove away with the woman in the van.

Johnson said police have the victim’s and suspect’s information and they are continuing to investigate the incident.

University police responded to another domestic-violence incident Sunday at the Commonwealth Terrace Apartments in St. Paul.

When officers arrived at the apartment, they heard yelling coming from the apartment.

The victim took awhile to answer the door, but when she did, she was crying and her husband was yelling at the top of the stairs, Johnson said.

According to reports, the woman said she had been slapped across the face twice and her cheeks and chest were red.

The suspect was arrested for fifth degree domestic assault and booked at the Ramsey County Jail.

Johnson advised students to call police if they see people screaming at each other.

Greg Hestness, University police chief, said police are glad to assist students who are in relationships that they don’t want to be in. Students can also seek help from a variety of services, including the Aurora Center on campus.

Police nab car thief

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, officers arrested a man for the theft of a white, four-door Oldsmobile Cutlass.

An officer spotted the suspect at the intersection of Essex Street Southeast and Huron Boulevard Southeast and waited for backup, Johnson said.

Officers pulled the vehicle over with guns drawn and arrested the driver.

The car was originally stolen from Minneapolis on July 18.

Johnson said the victim, who is a University student, said his apartment was burglarized and his roommate’s wallet with credit cards was stolen. The keys to the vehicle were also taken.