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U of M student says two men tried to abduct her near TCF Bank stadium

The site of this morning's incident.
The site of this morning's incident.
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In the wake of a recent spate of high-profile crimes, many University of Minnesota students are calling for an increased police presence, and officials say they're doing all they can to keep campus safe.

SEE ALSO: U of M student says she saw creepy cop impersonator on West Bank earlier this month

Nonetheless, there was another scary on-campus incident early this morning. A female student says she was the victim of an abduction attempt.

The incident occurred just after midnight while the student walked alone along the University Avenue sidewalk in front of TCF Bank stadium near its intersection with Oak Street. A blue sedan with two men inside pulled up alongside her, and one of the men asked if she needed help. She said she didn't, but then one of the men got out of the vehicle and approached her.

A U of M crime alert details what she says happened next:

The suspect grabbed the victim by the arm and pulled her toward the vehicle. When the victim tried to defend herself with pepper spray, the suspect pushed her to the ground and used the pepper spray on the victim. The victim screamed and the suspects drove away eastbound on University Avenue.

And here's how the victim described the suspect that approached her:

The suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 20 and 25 years old, approximately six feet two inches to six feet four inches tall with a medium build and medium complexion. The suspect was wearing a black, knit stocking cap and a black puffy jacket. No description is available for the driver of the car.

This morning's incident comes just days after a female student walking by herself near 15th Avenue Southeast and 8th Street Southeast was sexually assaulted by a man impersonating a cop who persuaded her to get into his SUV. That suspect was described as a black man in his 20s with a medium build and chin-strap beard. He's still on the loose.

"In [this morning's] incident and in a number of recent incidents... the victims were walking alone after dark," the most recent crime alert says. "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."

Anyone with information about this morning's incident is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-8477 and reference case number MP-13-394848.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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