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.