U student assaulted

Sarah McKenzie

A University student sustained serious injuries during an assault Jan. 12 after getting off the bus in the Como neighborhood.
Odol Odol, a senior in the Institute of Technology, said he had just returned from a night class on campus when he was attacked around 9 p.m. near a University parking lot.
He said he suffered bruises to his face and a dislocated shoulder as a result of the assault.
Odol said he knew the individual who attacked him. The alleged assaulter is also a University student who lives near Odol at the Como Student Community housing complex, he said.
The man Odol identified has allegedly threatened, harassed and stalked him for more than two years, Odol said. He said he has contacted University Police and housing authorities on a number of occasions.
University Police Officer Erik Stenemann said he tried to contact the alleged assaulter the night of the attack.
He went to the man’s apartment and his niece said he was somewhere in downtown Minneapolis, Stenemann said.
University Police are still investigating the incident; no arrests have been made.
The assailant allegedly pushed Odol down in the snow on the side of the road and proceeded to strike him in the shoulder and head, Odol said.
“I had no means of defending myself,” he said. “I was left in the snow for more than 20 minutes.”
The altercation lasted 10 minutes, Odol said. A passerby noticed he was in trouble and called police.
Shortly after police arrived and checked his condition, paramedics showed up and transported him to Fairview-University Medical Center.
Odol, an employee at the law library, said he is unable to work as a result of his injuries and has missed several days of school.

In other police news:
ù A man verbally assaulted a University parking monitor Jan. 12 and tried to hit her with his car.
Beverly Bierwerth, a parking monitor for the University since 1982, said she was checking parking meters along East River Road when the individual approached her.
“He called me all kinds of names,” Bierwerth said.
The man’s meter had expired and Bierwerth was about to issue him a ticket. But before she could hand him the citation, the man got in his car and peeled away with the intention of nicking her with the side of his car, Bierwerth said.
After the man pulled away from the curb, Bierwerth said he stopped again to vent and shower her with expletives.
Bierwerth said she is harassed a few times a week on the job, but something like this is very rare.
She notified University Police last Wednesday. The assault is still under investigation.

ù A charter school in Dinkytown received a bomb threat last Wednesday, causing the head principal to cancel classes for the day.
The Heart of the Earth Survival School, located on the 1200 block of Fourth Street Southeast, is a cultural-based school for Native American students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
“A school such as ours — and all schools for that matter — go through this all of the time,” said Chris Warren, dean of students.
Warren said the school receives between one and two threats in an average year.
The threat was left on the school’s answering machine. Minneapolis police traced the call to a resident in Woodbury, Warren said.
School officials called the school’s 210 students and their parents early Wednesday morning and dismissed classes for the day.
Minneapolis police conducted an investigation and searched the building for potential explosives Wednesday.
“This is a very common thing,” said head principal Dr. Lewis Gonzales. “We take them very seriously and try our very best to ensure the safety of our students.”
Gonzales said that in his 25 years of experience, the threats rarely materialize; often it is nothing more than a student calling in because they want a day off of school.