Robber holds up student on campus

A female senior was robbed outside of Strong Hall Friday night while walking along 21st street to her friend’s residence hall. Metropolitan Police are investigating the incident.

At approximately 11 p.m., an individual approached the student and demanded her money. The assailant claimed to have a gun under his jacket, the student said.

“I could see something sticking through his jacket, but I couldn’t tell what it was,” said the senior, who wished to remain anonymous.

After negotiating for her driver’s license and credit cards, the assailant only took $10 in cash from the student’s wallet and told her to face Strong Hall.

The assailant then fled the scene, possibly driving a red sport utility vehicle with Maryland license plates, according to a University Police crime alert. The student was not harmed during the incident.

“I felt kind of shocked. I couldn’t believe what had happened,” she said. “I won’t walk alone for a while. I’m going to take 4-RIDE a lot more often.”

The student said before going out that night, she considered taking UPD’s 4-RIDE escort service.

“The other night I had to get a taxi because 4-RIDE was too busy,” she said. “Every time I tried to call this week, the line was busy.”

After the incident, the senior said she called 4-RIDE but couldn’t get through. University Police has advised students to use the service when traveling around campus.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 20 years of age, and was last seen wearing a black jacket and dark pants.

Several students have been the victims of robberies recently.

Last week 10 GW students were robbed in Northeast while walking to a Metro station and two other students were robbed while returning to campus from club Daedalus in late October.

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