Ann Arbor -

The University of Michigan has issued a crime alert after a student was threatened with a gun during an attempted robbery.

According to police, the student was walking toward the Arch at about 2 a.m. Friday, when he was approached by an unknown man who twice attempted to take the victim's wallet from his pocket. The gunman threatened to shoot, but the student told police he never saw a gun.

Police said the gunman did punch the student in the face before a group of other men pulled the gunman away, allowing the student to run from the scene.

The suspect is described by police as a black male, mid-20s, about 6 feet tall with a slim build. Police said he was wearing a gray, long-sleeved baggy jacket, dark-colored cargo-style pants, and a gray beanie cap.

Police also issued these safety reminders:

  • Keep rooms and apartments locked at all times.
  • Keep valuables secure and out of view
  • Look assertive and be aware of your surroundings
  • Walk with a trusted friend or co-worker
  • Have keys in hand before you reach your vehicle or residence
  • If threatened on campus, look for a blue light emergency phone or call 911.