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Continued: Stabbed in back, U student helps save roommate from bleeding to death

The new string of violence breaks what had been a two-month lull in serious crimes targeting university students.

Shortly before midnight on April 25, a man rushed out from some bushes brandishing a semiautomatic handgun along University Avenue SE., just south of Williams Arena.

A student, who turned 21 that day, was robbed of her cellphone, but she was otherwise unharmed. That suspect remains at large.

About 9 p.m. on April 22, three suspects robbed a 21-year-old man at gunpoint and hit him in the back of the head on the U’s West Bank, just east of the University of Minnesota Hospital.

The trio took off with the student’s backpack.

No arrests have been announced in any of the three incidents.

A rash of sexual assaults and sometimes violent robberies starting last fall and continuing well into February set the campus on edge and prompted university officials to increase security, adding brighter lights, more police and new security cameras.

Most of the crime, however, targeted students walking off campus at night.

 

Staff writer Emma Nelson contributed to this report.

 

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