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November 25, 2013
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Minn. student sexually assaulted by cop impersonator

The man wore a badge and duty belt and offered the girl a ride home in his black SUV when he spotted her walking alone

By Raya Zimmerman
Pioneer Press

MINNEAPOLIS — A University of Minnesota student reported she was sexually assaulted early Sunday after she accepted a ride from a man claiming to be a police officer.

The woman was walking alone about 2:15 a.m. near 15th Avenue Southeast and Eighth Street Southeast in Minneapolis — a few short blocks from the University of Minnesota campus — when a man driving a black SUV slowed down to talk to her, according to University of Minnesota police.

He told her he was a police officer and cautioned her about walking alone.

He then offered her a ride. Once she got in the SUV, he locked the doors, drove to a remote location and sexually assaulted her, police said.

Police describe the suspect as black, between the ages of 23 and 27 and with a medium build. He had short hair or a shaved head, and a neatly trimmed chin-strap-style beard.

He was wearing a dark-colored jacket with a badge on it, dark pants and a police-style duty belt. The SUV was dark, with a dark interior and a computer screen in the center console.

A crime alert was sent to university students, faculty and staff about 6 p.m. Sunday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Minneapolis police tip line at 612-692-8477 and reference case number MP-13-391636.
The University of Minnesota encourages students to walk with another person late at night.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Copyright 2013 the Pioneer Press






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