Wayne State University is alerting students and staff, as well as area residents, about two robberies that happened Wednesday evening on campus.
The first robbery was inside one of the Wayne State parking structures near W. Warren Avenue and the Lodge Freeway at about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday. A 28-year-old female staff member reported that an unknown man, who was unarmed and wearing a dark colored skull cap, grabbed her hand and demanded her iPhone.
The man grabbed her iPhone and was last seen running out of the parking structure. The staff member was not injured. A Wayne State police officer was not able to find the offender.
The second robbery took place at E. Warren and Woodward avenues at about 9 p.m. An 18-year-old male student reported that he was walking southbound on Woodward Avenue at E. Warren Avenue when he was distracted by a man yelling for his attention. The student told police he kept walking when he was approached from behind by the unknown man.
The suspect turned the student around and displayed the handgun he was concealing in his waistband. The student told police two more suspects came from around a corner and stood on the sidewalk nearby.
The first suspect reached into the student's pocket and stole his wallet. All three suspects then fled on foot south on Woodward Ave. The student was not injured.
Wayne State police could not find the offenders. The three subjects were described as black men standing about 6 feet tall, wearing dark clothes and all within the ages of 17-21 years old.
Police are asking that students be aware of their surroundings, notice other people and keep valuables out of display.
The Wayne State University Police Department also gives this suggestion to reduce your chances of becoming a robbery victim:
We recommend you routinely walk in areas where you can see others and others can see you...Robbery perpetrators, like any other criminal, don't want to be caught "in the act" of robbing someone. They prefer areas where neither potential victims or witnesses will see them. By staying in populated areas, you increase your chances of never being selected for this type of crime.
Whether you are in the city or the suburbs and you find yourself confronted by a robber, the most important thing that you can do during the incident is to prevent, if possible, any violence.