Armed man robs student

A male student reported that he was robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning outside the Savoy apartment building on the corner of 22nd and L streets, said Dolores Stafford, director of University Police Department.

The student was alone at 2:50 a.m. when a man approached him, showed a gun and told the student to hand over his cell phone and wallet. The student cooperated with the robber and gave him the items. The student was not injured, Stafford said.

The suspect fled the scene on foot and headed north on 22nd Street. The student then contacted UPD, who called Metropolitan Police, Stafford said.

“MPD did search for the individual on campus and did not find him,” Stafford said.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 20 to 25 years old and about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slender build. He was wearing jeans, a gray T-shirt, a bandana on his head and a three-quarter-length black trench coat.

The case has been assigned to an MPD detective for investigation, but the chances of finding the robber are slim, Stafford said.

“Unless there is something I don’t know, there are probably no leads,” Stafford said.

This is the second robbery on the corner of 22nd and L streets this school year.

A female student walking alone and was attacked and robbed in the same area Nov. 9. The student was knocked to the ground and dragged across the street, until she let go of her purse.

Several crimes have occurred in the surrounding area near Aston Hall throughout the year.

On Oct. 22, a male suspect followed two female students into their Aston Hall building and into the elevator. After attempting to rob them, the man fled the scene. Last February, an intoxicated homeless man fell asleep in an Aston hallway.

At a Dec. 6 town hall meeting, Stafford said that UPD will react to student concerns by adding more blue lights on the route to Aston Hall and the Hall on Virginia Avenue.

But Stafford said that the lights cannot be added until the University receives approval from the city. She said she expects the lights to be added by next fall.

Stafford said that the University hopes to add a security light to every campus block in the next couple years.

-Brooke Reinders

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