Public Safety Alert: Student Assaulted Off Campus

Public Safety would like to alert the University of St. Thomas community of an assault that occurred at an unknown off campus location.

Between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, a UST student reported he was assaulted by two unidentified suspects at a residence at an unknown off campus location. The student was attending a gathering at an off campus location, but could not recall the specific address. The two suspects showed up at the residence uninvited. The occupant of the residence told the suspects to leave, but they refused. The victim and a second student intervened, and a fight started between the students and the suspects. The fight was broken up and the suspects left the house.

A short time later, one of the suspects returned to the house looking for the second student involved in the fight. The suspect had what was described as a piece of stove-top grating. When the victim intervened, the suspect struck him over the head with the grating, and then left the house. The victim received a significant head wound that required medical attention.

The suspects were described as white males, 18 to 20 years old, and one of the suspects was wearing glasses. No further suspect descriptions were available.

Public Safety is asking for the public’s help in resolving this incident.

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 St. Paul Police Department at (651) 291-1111, or Public Safety at (651) 962-5100. For more information, see Public Safety’s Dec. 16 Alert.

Public Safety also would like to alert the UST community of two robberies recently reported by the St. Paul Police Department at off campus locations.

At 1:23 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, SPPD reported three non-UST affiliated suspects were arrested for an aggravated robbery on the 1800 block of Carroll Avenue.

At 6:48 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, SPPD reported a non-UST affiliated victim was assaulted and robbed by two unknown suspects at the intersection of Selby Avenue and Dewey Street. The suspects struck the victim in the head several times with what was described as a silver colored semi-automatic handgun. A shot was reportedly fired during the robbery.

There are no suspect descriptions in either incident.

Community members are reminded that Public Safety provides escorts 24/7 within the six-block area. Students remaining on campus or in the area during the holidays are also reminded that Public Safety will be staffed and open during the break. As always, report crimes and suspicious activity immediately.

For more information, see Public Safety’s Dec. 16 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.

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