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U student robbed on campus by suspect with a gun

January 22, 2018 GMT

A gunman robbed a University of Minnesota student Monday morning outside a campus building, school officials and police said.

The crime occurred about 9:35 a.m. on a sidewalk outside Hanson Hall on the West Bank campus, according to the university.

Several arrests were made early Monday afternoon, according to emergency police dispatch audio.

One suspect used a semiautomatic handgun to threaten the victim and take her purse and cellphone, a statement from the school read. The statement did not say whether the victim was harmed physically.

The gunman fled in a gray Volkswagen Jetta, the statement added.

A few hours later, police traced the phone and located four of five suspects off campus in Minneapolis and arrested them, an officer was heard saying on police dispatch audio. A gun was in the car, the officer said.

The holdup occurred on the sidewalk at S. 4th Street and 20th Avenue S., according to the dispatch audio.

Paul Walsh 612-673-4482