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updated: 5/6/2014 6:02 PM

Mundelein woman, roommate stabbed in Minneapolis

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A college student from Mundelein is recovering from stab wounds suffered during a robbery in Minneapolis, authorities said.

Police are crediting the young woman's roommate, who also was injured in the attack, for applying a tourniquet that may have saved her friend's life.

"The actions by the (other) victim were extremely helpful," said Minneapolis police spokesman Scott Seroka.

The attack occurred about 12:15 a.m. Monday as the women, both University of Minnesota students, were walking from a bar in the northeast section of the city, police said. The area is heavily traveled and well-lighted, police said.

The women were confronted by a man wearing a ski mask who demanded money, Seroka said. They complied, but the man stabbed them anyway, police said.

The woman from Mundelein was stabbed in the arm, authorities said. Her friend was stabbed in the neck and back.

The assailant fled after a bystander approached the women, Seroka said.

As they waited for police and paramedics, the Mundelein woman's roommate removed her shirt and used it apply pressure on her friend's wound to slow the bleeding, Seroka said.

Police arrived and continued to apply pressure with a tourniquet kit, Seroka said.

Both women were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. They are expected to survive, police said.

Video from a surveillance camera in the area showed the women walking past the man police believe attacked them, Seroka said. After they passed, the man turned and followed them, he said.

No arrests have been made, police said.

The woman from Mundelein attended Mundelein High School before enrolling at the University of Minnesota, her mother said in an email to the Daily Herald. The family is focusing on her daughter's physical and emotional recovery, she said.

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