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Police investigate alleged assault, robbery near campus

Public Safety emailed students through the DragonNews listserv March 29 regarding alleged robbery and assault at 17th Street South, Moorhead, near Nemzek and Public Safety.


According to the email, “The information received (from Moorhead police) is that a group of up to four males entered a residence (on March 28) at 920 17th St. S., assaulted one of the residents and stole some items, it is reported that one of the suspects had a shotgun in his possession. … March 29 in the same general area two 13 to 14 year old males were caught breaking in to a home through a window, one of them escaped. … The description does not fit that of the people involved in the incident last night. There is no report of any weapons being involved in this morning’s incident.”

The incident was reported to the Moorhead police.

“Nothing indicates a continuing danger to anyone,” Moorhead Sgt. Steve Larsen said. It is still under investigation, Larsen said, but he is convinced the incident was not random and the people involved were specific.

Larsen and Public Safety Director Greg Lemke encourage all students to stay safe. Lemke reminds students to call Public Safety at 218.477.2449 if they feel unsafe. Public Safety officers will go up to two blocks off campus to escort students.

“Besides that, people should just be aware of their surroundings,” Lemke said. “Carry yourself with confidence, don’t act or look like you would be an easy victim, walk with a friend and call us if there are issues on campus that make you suspicious or uncomfortable and off campus call 9-1-1.”

Lemke also encourages students to sign up for the campus E2 emergency notification system at web.mnstate.edu/security.



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