Three students targeted in armed robbery on Virginia Avenue

Updated: Oct. 19, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Three students were victims of an armed robbery near campus Saturday night, according to a Metropolitan Police Department report.

The report states that the students were located near the World Health Organization building on Virginia Avenue when two suspects pulled up next to them in a tan Chevrolet at 9:40 p.m., exited the vehicle and pointed knives at the three students, “demanding money and property.” The two suspects stole more than $420 in cash and two pairs of AirPods that were together worth a total of $350 before getting back into the vehicle and fleeing up 23rd Street through campus, according to the report.

About an hour later, a GW Alert sent to the GW community stated multiple suspects fled from the scene of the robbery, and the alert instructed locals to avoid the area as officers searched the scene.

“Armed Robbery at corner of 22nd St. & Virginia Ave,” the alert stated. “Suspects fled off campus in white SUV. Police on Scene. Avoid the area.”

Four MPD officers responded to the incident, the report states.

“This case remains under investigation,” MPD spokesperson Hugh Carew said. “Anyone who has information related to this case is asked to contact us at 202-727-9099.”

University officials released a second alert at about 11:20 p.m., announcing police had cleared the scene.

“ALL CLEAR!” the second alert stated. “Police cleared the scene at corner of 22nd St. & Virginia Ave. Report any suspicious activity to GWPD 202-994-6111.”

A GW Police Department spokesperson declined to comment on the incident, deferring to information provided in the alerts. A University spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.

Editor’s note: The Hatchet removed the names of the students affected by the robbery to protect their privacy.

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