Minnesota State University, Mankato students received an email alert Saturday of a robbery near campus. Public Safety Commander Dan Schisel with the Mankato police explains that a man accepted a ride in a car and was subsequently ordered to hand over his wallet. He recognized one of the individuals, but not by name.
According to the email alert, the incident took place early Saturday morning. Mankato Police reports that it took place at the intersection of Stadium Ave. and Monks Rd.
“In this particular case, the victim wasn’t injured,” says Schisel. “We’re still looking for the vehicle that was involved that we believe to be a silver four-door passenger car, possibly a Chevy Malibu.”
An article by Kristine Goodrich in Monday’s issue of the Free Press notes that this is “the sixth reported robbery, and the third involving a pedestrian accepting a ride, in the area of Monks and Stadium since April.”
“We would just always caution people to walk in well-lit routes or walk with other people,” says Schisel. “And unless you know the person don’t take a ride from them.”
Schisel also recommends that students use University Security’s Safe Walk Service, which offers escorts around campus, according to the University Security website. University Security can be reached at 507-389-2111.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Mankato police at 911 or 507-387-8780.