A male student was reportedly robbed at 23rd and G streets Monday night, the second robbery of a GW student on campus reported in the last three weeks. Metropolitan Police declined to release the identity of the student.
MPD searched the Foggy Bottom area but didn’t find anyone matching the assailant’s description, police officials said Wednesday afternoon.
University Police said the robbery that occurred on the corner of 21st and G streets two weeks ago doesn’t appear to be connected with the reported robbery Monday night. The suspects of both robberies are described as black male, six feet tall and wearing dark clothing.
UPD chief Dolores Stafford said the description of the suspect is not close enough to determine if the suspect in each of these two cases is the same person, and noted the modus operandi is not consistent in the two incidents.
Sergeant John Rucker of MPD’s Second District said the recent robberies do not follow a specific pattern. He also said the similar description of the suspects does not mean the robber is the same in both cases.
“A lot of times you can’t go with a general description, you need something more descriptive, like a tattoo or something,” Rucker said. “But a black male with dark clothing, we get those kinds of descriptions every day.”
At 8:45 p.m. Monday, the assailant approached the student from behind and demanded his money, according to UPD. The assailant didn’t say he was carrying a gun but the student could see something protruding from his jacket. The assailant took $17 in cash and a bank card from the student’s wallet, and a ring and watch.
The assailant told the student to turn around and then fled.
A female senior was robbed Jan. 23 within two blocks of Monday’s reported incident. She also said an individual approached her and demanded money, claiming to have a gun under his jacket. The woman said she could see something sticking through the jacket but couldn’t tell what it was and said the suspect asked her to face Strong Hall before fleeing.
Stafford said UPD would not step up patrols, noting UPD patrols campus streets regularly. She urged students to walk in large groups and use 4-RIDE. She also said there are typically nine to 10 robberies on campus each calendar year, and she doesn’t expect the number of robberies to increase.
Some GW students voiced concern over the robbery but said they felt safe on campus.
“I think that this is generally a safe campus,” freshman Andrew Darcy said. “These robberies are freak incidents.”