The 21-year-old man was being held pending possible aggravated robbery charges
A 21-year-old man was in custody Wednesday pending possible charges in connection with a pair of robberies last month after which a University of Minnesota student was shot.
According to a police report, Minneapolis police arrested the man without incident about 7 p.m. Tuesday in his front yard in the 1500 block of Morgan Avenue N.
He was handed over to university police, who took him to headquarters for questioning. The man was booked later that night into the Hennepin County jail for probable cause aggravated robbery.
Police say two armed men robbed three students in two separate incidents on Jan. 25 before shooting 19-year-old freshman Timothy Schumacher in the chest outside Centennial Hall in the heart of campus. The shooting appeared to have been unprovoked. Schumacher was released from the hospital a few days later.
Prior to the shooting, a female student was robbed of her laptop as she walked home from the bus stop in the 500 block of Huron Blvd. SE. Minutes later, two female students were robbed of their backpacks outside Moos Hall. Shortly after that, less than a block away, Schumacher was shot. The suspects fled east from campus.
Gregory Hestness, university police chief, declined to discuss the arrest, saying that multiple people had been questioned and that more work remains. Investigators "have been extremely active in questioning people in trying to narrow the circle" of possible suspects, Hestness said.
Police scoured footage from some of the 1,800 security cameras on campus and identified multiple images of the suspects as they moved through campus, but the images were grainy or dark, said Deputy Chief Chuck Miner.
Some students asked why they didn't receive e-mails about the incident until about noon the following day. University officials responded that they believed the men had fled campus and were no longer a threat to students.