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A UW-River Falls female student was robbed of her purse Friday night while she went to her parked car in the 1000 block of East Cascade Avenue. Her assailant held her from behind, threatening her with some kind of sharp object. This is the third armed robbery in just over a month in River Falls.

After the woman gave up her purse, the man threw her against the car. She banged her head and fell. He fled to the northeast behind the veterinary clinic.

Also in the past week, police:

  • Arrested a 26-year-old Ellsworth man for burglary at Meyer Middle School last month. The man, a gymnastics club coach, was later charged with theft for allegedly stealing a $2,500 projector from the school's computer lab. He was in the school at the time in his role as a coach. The school's video surveillance system eventually helped identify him.
  • Arrested a 27-year-old local man for drunk driving-2nd offense during a crash while turning onto South Wasson Lane from East Cascade Avenue last week Thursday at 1:50 a.m. The man allegedly smashed into a street light but kept going, dragging the collapsed front end of his SUV so that it emitted sparks. Meanwhile, the smashed street light had toppled across the road. The man was later confronted by officers at his home in Cudd's trailer court. He claimed he was home for hours and someone else must have used his vehicle when it crashed. He even began making telephone calls to find out who. Eventually, he said he was driving but the accident was caused by three deer he was trying to avoid hitting.
  • Continue to investigate a rash of car vandalisms. Most involve tire slashings, some involve scratches caused by keys or other sharp objects. Another vandalism in the 400 block of North Second Street had a suspect pouring sugar in the car owner's gas tank. Grains of sugar were found on the gas lid and side of the car. The owner did not try starting his car, saying doing so would have wrecked his engine.

    For more, please read Police Beat in the Dec. 9 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

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