Mpls. Police Expected to Release Sketch of Suspect in Sexual Assault on U of M Campus

Updated: 11/29/2013 5:45 AM By: Todd Wilson

Sometime next week Minneapolis police are expected to release a sketch of the suspect who allegedly impersonated a police officer and sexually assaulted a woman near the University of Minnesota campus.

In the meantime, the recent sexual assault, robberies and an attempted kidnapping have some students looking over their shoulders.

The Minneapolis Police Department says crime in the area has leveled off over the last 10 years, but you would be hard pressed to convince some students of that statistic.

Andrea Melink says, her feelings of security on the U of M campus are gone. "I feel like it's unsafe depending on when you are outside."

She feels this way because of the attempted kidnapping on campus Wednesday, and the sexual assault of a student by a man claiming to be a police officer near campus early Sunday hasn’t helped.

"Considering it's an urban area it's inevitable," said Melink.

University police released a statement stating: they have added officers working in the evenings throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, both in marked vehicles and as part of an undercover robbery suppression detail. They are also working with the Minneapolis police.

"We will have additional patrols in that area. Our crime prevention is working closely with the University of Minnesota to get out proactive messages," said John Elder of the Minneapolis Police Department.

One of those messages would be, students on campus are reminded to walk in groups and be aware of their surroundings. Melink says she's thankful for their efforts.