Public Safety would like to alert the University of St. Thomas community of a strong-arm robbery that occurred on the Minneapolis campus.

At 2:10 p.m. Monday, April 29, a UST student reported she was walking from 11th Street through the plaza area, toward the Terrence Murphy Hall entrance. An unidentified suspect approached the student from behind. The student had her cell phone in her hand and was placing the phone in her purse. The suspect grabbed the phone from the student, then forcibly shoved her to the ground. The suspect then fled the area on foot towards 12th Street.

The student received minor injuries and was assisted by officers. The Minneapolis Police Department was contacted and a report was filed.

The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, 20–30 years old, thin to medium build, close cropped hair, wearing reflective sunglasses, a rust colored sweater with buttons, and blue jeans.

The University of St. Thomas believes that descriptors alone are not a valid reason to profile or cast suspicion on any individual. They are included here because they may reasonably assist in identifying the perpetrator of this incident.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to call the Minneapolis Police Department at (612) 348-2345, or Public Safety at (651) 962-5100.

For more information, see Public Safety’s April 29 alert. Other recent alerts, advisories and bulletins, as well as crime prevention and safety tips, also are posted on the St. Thomas Public Safety website.