Police Say Teen Girls Responsible for Recent Robberies

Aristea Brady, CBS Minnesota, November 1, 2012

A series of brazen robberies by suspects you might not expect has caused police to issue a crime alert on the University of Minnesota campus.

There’s been a total of four robberies in the past couple weeks near the campus.

Police say they believe in two of the cases, a pair of teenage girls are responsible for assaulting students in an attempt to steal their cell phones.

Eighteen-year-old Odessa Richmond was booked at Hennepin County Jail last weekend.

Odessa Richmond

The other girl’s name isn’t being released because she’s not eighteen.

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“They were going after iPhones and they would approach students and ask to use their phone, and when the students refuse, they would up the issue and eventually assault them and steal their phones,” said Deputy Chief Chuck Miner of the U of M Police Department.

Police say the robbers went as far as grabbing a plastic chair to hit the victim. A week later, police think the girls were at it again. {snip}

“It occurred in a very populated area, near a bus stop, in fact,” Deputy Miner said. “A bunch of citizens got off the bus, saw what was happening, intervened, helped stop the assault and the robbery.”

The two were caught by police a few buildings away. {snip}

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Richmond was also arrested a couple weeks ago for a robbery in Bloomington.

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