CRIME ALERT: 2 pepper spray, attempt to kidnap U of M student - KMSP-TV

CRIME ALERT: U of M student pepper-sprayed in attempted kidnapping

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The University of Minnesota issued another crime alert on Wednesday, confirming that two men attempted to force a student who was walking alone into a vehicle shortly after midnight.

According to Minneapolis police, the crime occurred near the intersection of University Avenue SE and Oak Street SE at about 12:10 a.m. on Wednesday.

The victim told police she was walking on University Avenue when two men in a dark blue sedan approached her, and the man in the passenger seat asked if she needed help. When she said no, that man got out of the car and confronted her on the sidewalk.

Police say the man grabbed the victim by the arm and pulled her toward the vehicle, and the victim tried to defend herself with pepper spray; however, the man pushed her to the ground and used the pepper spray on her.

As the victim screamed, the suspects drove east on University Avenue, according to police.


Minneapolis police provided only a vague description of the suspect involved, saying the suspect who got out of the car was a black man between the ages of 20 and 25, standing about 6-feet-2-inches tall to 6-feet-4-inches tall with a medium build and medium complexion.

At the time of the attempted kidnapping, he was wearing a black, knit stocking cap and a black puffy jacket.

No description was available for the driver of the blue sedan, and no additional vehicle information was provided by police.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Minneapolis tip line at 612-692-8477 and reference case number MP-13-394848.


In light of the recent rash of crime alerts, University of Minnesota Police chief Gregg Hestness is pointing out that most of the recent incidents occurred when students were walking alone after dark.

"As we work toward a shared culture of campus safety, I would ask the University Community to look after one another – walking in groups is still the best and easiest way to be safe at night and on the weekends," Hestness wrote in the most recent alert.

Anyone who is a victim of or witness to a crime is urged to call 911 immediately, because a rapid police response increases the likelihood that a suspect will be apprehended.

The University is also promoting its campus security escort service, especially since the Gopher Chauffeur driving service will not be available over Thanksgiving Weekend. Anyone who can't find a companion to share their walk can call 612-388-9611 at any time of the day, any time of the week.


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