West Virginia University Police are seeking witnesses to a robbery that was reported to have occurred between 2:50 a.m. and 3:15 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21 on WVU’s downtown campus.
The incident was reported to have occurred in the graveled parking area 72 behind Clark Hall and across from Nick’s Canteen.
The victim, a WVU student, told police that he was approached by two white males, believed to be over 6 feet, demanding his wallet. He gave them his wallet and was then knocked to the ground where he was struck and his shoes were taken.
The victim stated that others were in the area when this occurred and WVU Police is asking that anyone who may have witnessed this incident call the WVU Police at 304-293-2677 or 304-293-COPS and contact Lieutenant Bob Tucker.
WVU Police offer the following safety tips:
• When you are traveling on foot or in your car pay attention to your surroundings. If you sense something is wrong leave the area immediately.
• When traveling at night on foot, travel in numbers of two, three or in large groups.
• When out walking alone, walk briskly and confidently. Avoid isolated areas, short cuts and deserted parking lots.
• Avoid going to ATM machines after dark.
• If you see someone suspicious or feel you are being followed, go to a populated or well-lighted area or activate one of the 37 Blue Tower Emergency Phones located on campus. Don’t be afraid to call the police if you suspect you are being followed. It could be the prelude to a robbery.
• If you are the victim of a robbery follow the instructions of the robber.
• Do not argue or attempt to fight with your assailant.
• Remember that the motive in most robberies is to steal, and once the perpetrator has what they want they will leave, and that is exactly what you want them to do. Comply with their requests and remember that money, jewelry and other valuables can be replaced. Never do anything, or take any action that may increase your risk of being a victim of physical violence.
• If you are a victim of a robbery you may feel totally helpless, and may wish there were something you could do. Remember that you are not totally helpless, and although you should not resist, or do anything that might increase your risk you can make a mental note of the description of the suspect. Try to remember what the robber looks like (height, weight, hair, skin color, facial hair, scars and tattoos). Make a mental note of what he/she was wearing (pants, shirt, jacket, shoes, etc.). If a vehicle is involved try to get the license number, if safe to do so, and call the police and report the incident as quickly as possible. Quick reporting and a good description may give the police the information they need to apprehend the suspect, and help insure that the robber is quickly apprehended.
CONTACT: Bob Roberts, WVU Police