Officials sent a series text alerts warning students and others on the West Bank of the Twin Cities campus there was an attempted robbery near Anderson Hall at 2:40 p.m., according to police.
A search of the West Bank is complete, and all regular classes and activities are expected to continue as planned.
The university described the man as an African American, 20 years old, 6-feet tall with a black puffy jacket.
University of Minnesota officials say they identified the wrong man in the surveillance still below, and have released a new image of the man allegedly responsible for an West Bank armed robbery attempt on Tuesday.
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[Surveillance still of suspect that was originally in this space has been removed after the man in the image was cleared of any wrongdoing.]
Several reports, including this one, suggest that police are searching the university's tunnel system for the suspect, although classes and activities on campus have resumed:
Suspect wanted laptop. Grabbed victim's empty backpack. She screamed. He ran into tunnels Police searching them now pic.twitter.com/YqlS4bm5Gu
University official speaking with the press on campus:
Man attempting to rob woman at Anderson hall did show a weapon. She screamed. He ran into extensive tunnel system. pic.twitter.com/sXj9PSsLIc-- Katie G. Nelson (@urbaninkslinger) November 11, 2013
Citing the university, KSTP is reporting that the person with a gun is another student:
U of M Alert Update: The student showed a gun and attempted to steal a laptop. Police are searching for the suspect-- KSTP (@KSTP) November 11, 2013
Meanwhile, it's also being reported that nearby businesses have temporarily closed:
Previous tweets on the incident:
#UMN alert: person possibly armed seen in Anderson Hall. Please shelter in a safe place until additional information is available.-- University of MN (@UMNews) November 11, 2013
#UMN Police searching 4 man w/ gun at Anderson Hall. Described as African-American male, 20y/o, 6ft, black puffy jacket. Call 911 if seen.-- University of MN (@UMNews) November 11, 2013
More on this as it develops.
UPDATE #UMN alert: Situation appears to be an attempted robbery. Situation ongoing. More information to come.-- University of MN (@UMNews) November 11, 2013