A 75-year-old man reported being accosted and robbed outside the Minneapolis Convention Center after leaving a Donald Trump appearance Friday night.

The man told police he was leaving the private Trump fundraiser with family members when a group of people accosted them near the convention center and took his cellphone, according to a Minneapolis police spokeswoman. The location listed on the police report was the convention center address.

The incident is under investigation and a police spokeswoman had no description of the suspects late Friday.

Trump supporters arriving and departing the event had to pass through loud and angry crowds of protesters who denounced Trump as a racist who uses populist anger to fuel his campaign.

Some of the protesters, including some who concealed their faces with bandanas and shouted anti-police and anti-American slogans, harassed the Trump donors, shouting and pushing at them as they tried to pass.

The first donors to leave the event did so without any police protection and were set upon by some of the most aggressive protesters. An older man punched a protester in the side and the group surrounded him and his family. One young protester, a colorful bandana on his face, delivered a series of punches to the man’s back as other protesters tried to guide the family away from harm.

Other groups of donors stayed inside while protesters pounded at the glass doors and tried to prevent police from closing doors when anyone exited. One protester in a black mask spray-painted “F— Trump” on the convention center wall.

Eventually the main group of protesters was drawn to a more distant exit and the last groups of donors reached their cars and limousines with the help of Minneapolis police.


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