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CRIME ALERT: U of M student sexually assaulted by man impersonating cop

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

On Sunday, the University of Minnesota issued a warning to students that a woman who was sexually assaulted by a man wearing a badge who offered her a ride home at about 2:15 a.m.

According to police, the student was walking near the intersection of 15th Avenue SE and 8th Street SE when the suspect approached her in a black SUV and slowed to talk to her. The victim told police the man identified himself as a police officer and warned her about walking alone.

According to the crime alert, the suspect then offered the victim a ride, but after she agreed, he locked the doors of the vehicle, drove to a remote location west of Interstate 35W and sexually assaulted her.

The suspect in the case is described as a black man between the ages of 23 an 27 years old with a medium build. He is hair was either short or shaven, and he had a neatly trimmed chin-strap style beard, according to police.

The clothes he was wearing at the time of the assault are described as a dark jacket with a badge on it, dark pants and a security- or police-style duty belt.

The suspect's vehicle was described as a dark SUV with a dark interior and a computer screen in the center console.

Minneapolis police are investigating the crime, and anyone with information is asked to call 612-692-8477 and reference case number MP-13-391636.

The new crime alert comes within a month of a sexual assault near Van Cleve Park, which is also located on 15th Avenue SE. No arrest has been announced in that case.

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University and public safety officials have urged students to walk in pairs or with a group to increase personal safety at night and on the weekends. UMPD has been actively promoting its Campus Escort Service, 612-624-WALK, and the Gopher Chauffeur, 612-388-6911, as convenient options for securing safe transportation.

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