U of M Steps Up Security after Recent Robberies

Posted at: 11/12/2013 10:45 PM
Updated at: 11/13/2013 4:10 PM
By: Tim Sherno

Following an attempted robbery at gunpoint on the University of Minnesota campus, University President Eric Kahler promised additional measures to ensure the safety of students and faculty.

In the letter, Kaler says the University will allocate additional resources to put more police foot and bicycle patrols on or near campus, and continue working with Minneapolis police and the Gopher Chauffeur escort program.

Kaler says the University is safe; the campus is open to the public and is therefore vulnerable.

He said the University will also add up to 1,700 security cameras already installed on campus.

On Monday, a man approached a woman in Anderson Hall, a classroom building on the West Bank campus in Minneapolis, and showed her a gun before demanding her backpack and then fleeing. He remained at large on Tuesday.

Editor’s Note: The University of Minnesota Police Department has cleared the initial "person of interest" of any wrongdoing after the attempted robbery on the campus. They have also released a photo Wednesday of a new "person of interest" in the incident. (Pictured here).