Two off-campus robberies in the past week have University Police Director Dolores Stafford warning students to be cautious about security when they step off campus.
Two students, a male and a female, reported they were robbed at gunpoint at the intersection of South Carolina Avenue and 9th Street Monday night. The victims told police that two males approached them around 10:30 p.m. and ordered them to get on the ground. The assailants then took their backpacks, wallets, keys and about $40 in cash, Stafford said.
The victims immediately notified Metropolitan Police officers, who believed they had the suspects in custody. The suspects were released when the victims could not positively identify them. The two students reported the incident to UPD Tuesday afternoon.
In an unrelated incident Saturday night, two students and a third non-student victim were robbed in an off-campus apartment building at 2515 K St., N.W. The victims told UPD they were waiting for an elevator in the lobby of the building around 11:30 p.m. when two males banged on the front door of the building, claiming they had forgotten their keys. The students let the men into the building, and the men robbed them when they entered the elevator.
“In the K Street incident, the students and the person who was with them jeopardized their own security,” Stafford said. “Students need to maintain their own security. Do not let people without keys or access cards into your building.” The two suspects in the K Street incident are described as black males, both about 6-2 and 190 pounds.
Stafford said she was uncertain what the two students were doing at South Carolina Avenue and 9th Street Monday night. She said that students should plan to take a cab if they have to be outside at night in an area beyond the borders of UPD’s escort service.