In the same week that 4 men were arrested and released in connection with an armed robbery, the University of Minnesota has issued a new crime alert over a similar crime near campus.
According to a release from the U, a man who had arrived at home after work was victimized as he stood on the porch of his home, located near the intersection of 11th Avenue SE and 8th Street SE, at about 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday.
Police say the suspect approached the victim and asked to use his cell phone. When the victim refused, the suspect pointed a silver handgun and robbed the man of his wallet, cell phone, and laptop before fleeing on foot.
The victim was not injured, and although officers from both the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis police departments arrived to search the area for the culprit, he has not been found.
Police described the suspect as a black man with a dark complexion between the ages of 21 and 25, standing about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build, dark hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing dark pants and a hooded black coat.
Minneapolis police are investigating the crime, and they urge anyone with information to contact the tipline at 612-692-8711 in reference to case MP-13-386548.
Officers have not said whether the case could be linked to other recent robberies and attempts in the area, but Haley Nelson told Fox 9 News she was robbed by a man who asked for a cigarette early Sunday morning.
When she and the friend she was standing outside with told him they didn't have one, he pulled out a gun and told her friend to hand over everything he had before he hopped into a waiting SUV and took off.
Campus police arrested all 4 people inside the SUV and found a semi-automatic handgun, but Minneapolis police apparently released all of them without charges in order to continue their investigation.
Police said they've arrested three other groups committing similar crimes in the same area over the past couple of weeks, but none appeared to be connected to one another.
The University of Minnesota is not the only area campus warning its students about recent robberies either. On Wednesday, Hamline University issued a warning to its students after a student chased down a robber who took her backpack when she got up to use the printer. St. Paul police also confirmed other private colleges have been targeted by thieves, including the University of St. Thomas.