Student Robbed on Buswell Street
Victim pulled into car, held at knifepoint
A Boston University student was pulled into a car and robbed at knifepoint in South Campus late Tuesday night. Boston University Police say the victim, who was unharmed, told them that he was walking on Buswell Street shortly before 11 p.m. when a strange car stopped nearby and someone in the car yelled a profanity. The 18-year-old student said a passenger leaped from the car, grabbed him, and threw him into the backseat. He told police his attacker held a knife with a four-inch blade to his chest and demanded that he empty his pockets and his backpack. The student was released at St. Mary’s and Beacon Streets, police say, and the thieves then fled west on Beacon Street with the victim’s wallet, cell phone, and backpack, which contained a T1 calculator.
Scott Pare, deputy director of public safety for Boston University, describes the car as a tan or beige four-door sedan, possibly a 1994 Toyota Corolla. The suspect who robbed the student is described as a heavyset white male about six feet tall, with a pronounced Boston accent. A passenger in the front seat is believed to be a short, thin white male with a crew cut, and the driver was a white woman. All of the suspects appeared to be about 19 or 20 years old. Pare says the victim declined medical attention and counseling.
“Incidents like this are reminders for all of us to take precautions,” says Pare. “Students should do everything they can to ensure that they are not easy targets.”
He advises all students to avoid walking alone late at night. “If you must walk alone,” he says, “try to stay in well-lighted and well-trafficked areas.”
Pare adds, “Be vigilant. And if you do become a victim of a crime, try to take note of the suspect’s hair and eye color and type of vehicle. Write things down and call the police immediately.”
Call the BUPD at 617-353-2110 if you have any information relating to this incident. For emergencies, dial 617-353-2121.
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