In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 Augsburg University Department of Public Safety is giving notice of a concerning incident that occurred on the Minneapolis campus.
REPORTED OFFENSE: Assault and Reckless Driving
At about 5:30 PM on 4-6-23, Augsburg’s Department of Public Safety received several reports that a blue sedan was driving through campus in an extremely reckless manner. The conduct included driving onto the sidewalk and nearly hitting people. Augsburg Public Safety Officers were quickly able to locate the vehicle involved and followed it off campus while alerting the Minneapolis Police Department as to the direction of travel. At least one additional vehicle, a silver SUV, was also seen speeding through campus but left when followed by Department of Public Safety officers. While law enforcement officers responded, it is unknown if the vehicles were located. Based on witness accounts at least one vehicle appeared to intentionally drive at a pedestrian and the occupants were wearing black ski masks.
STATUS: Augsburg Public Safety and the Minneapolis Police (MPD) are currently investigating this incident. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact MPD or Augsburg DPS at 612-330-1717.
We are grateful to those who called to report this situation in such a timely manner.
Please report any and all concerns that may impact our campus community. If You See Something – Say Something (x1717). We also encourage you to utilize the resources available on our website: www.augsburg.edu/dps and in the CampusShield safety app (available for free download on Google Play and iTunes app store).
SAFETY TIPS: These are general safety tips and may not be related to this specific incident.
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Report any suspicious or hazardous activity to Augsburg Dispatch at 612-330-1717.
- Call 911 for emergencies.
Augsburg University believes that physical descriptors alone are not a valid reason to profile or cast suspicion on any individual. When physical descriptors are included in communication to the Augsburg community, it is done so because they may reasonably assist in identifying the perpetrator of the incident. Augsburg University uses perceived race and gender descriptors that are provided about a suspect only when additional characteristics (beyond clothing) are also available. Such descriptors are used in an attempt to provide the campus community with important information. However, the University recognizes that race and gender are personal identity attributes that cannot always be accurately perceived by others, and that any reported information may not be accurate.