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19 Arrested in Dinkytown After Gophers' Loss

Updated: 04/13/2014 2:12 PM
Created: 04/13/2014 2:00 PM KAALtv.com

(KSTP) - Nineteen people have been arrested in Dinkytown following a large crowd gathering at an intersection sparked by a Gohper hockey game.

The rowdy crowd of a few hundred people formed on the intersection of 14th Avenue and 4th Street near the University of Minnesota around 10 p.m. People could be seen running through the streets of Dinkytown after police shot bean bags and rubber pellets into the crowd. People were throwing bottles and others were trying to flip a car. Witnesses in the area told KSTP they ran from someone who threw a bench. Police said there were two known incidents of arson.

People could be seen being pepper sprayed, as well as taken down to the ground by police.

Minneapolis police have secured the intersection to make sure no cars get through and to keep an eye on the situation, according to Chief Janeé Harteau, who was wearing riot gear.

"As things escalate and this crowd escalates, we're prepared to escalate as well," Harteau said.

The disturbance comes after Union College scored three times in a 1:54 span in the first period in a 7-4 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night.

At least one person was arrested after they were seen jumping on a car. Police spokesperson John Elder said arrest numbers are low.

A similar situation happened Thursday night after the Gophers beat the University of North Dakota in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals. According to the Minneapolis Police Department, several people were arrested and an undetermined amount of public and police property was damaged during the incident and two Minneapolis police officers were taken to a hospital for medical attention.

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