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Two Students Robbed at Gunpoint Sunday

Neither injured, police looking for suspects

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Two BU students were allegedly robbed by armed men early Sunday morning while walking along Thorndike Street in Brookline, according to the Boston University Police Department. Neither student was injured, and no arrests have been made.

The suspects were described as black males between the ages of 17 and 24, one about five feet, eight inches, and medium build and the other about five feet, ten inches, and medium to heavy build. Neither the BUPD nor the Brookline Police Department, which has jurisdiction over the case, has provided sketches of the men.

The students were allegedly confronted at the corner of Hamilton Road and Thorndike, which connects Comm Ave and Harvard Street, around 3 a.m. Sunday by two men brandishing a semiautomatic gun, according to a Brookline police report. The suspects told them to empty their pockets and walked away with an iPhone, an Android cell phone, a wallet, and $50.

Hamilton Road is the site of several off-campus apartment buildings where BU students live and is just blocks away from where BU student Kanagala Seshadri Rao (GSM’13)was shot to death in Allston last spring.

Brookline police say the case is under investigation; they broadcast news of the robbery to surrounding agencies, but did not mention that the alleged victims were BU students. BUPD made the connection when the students filed a report later that afternoon, and then issued a University-wide alert informing students, faculty, and staff of the incident.

BUPD Detective Lieutenant Peter DiDomenica says the BU department has reached out to the Brookline and Boston police departments to determine whether the men are connected to other crimes in the area.

While such attacks can’t always be prevented, DiDomenica advises students living on or off campus to follow some basic safety precautions:

  • Avoid poorly lit areas late at night.
  • Get a ride instead of walking. If walking is the only option, do so in large groups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t wear headphones or talk on your cell phone.
  • At the first sign of trouble, dial 911 or the BUPD at 617-353-2121.

BUPD urges students, faculty, and staff to report suspicious people and activity on or near campus by calling 617-353-2121 or text messaging tip411 (847411), keyword: BU.

 

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15 Comments on Two Students Robbed at Gunpoint Sunday

  • Manuel on 09.25.2012 at 10:54 am

    Maybe BU should be sending all those BU Police that they send to Allston to break up small parties to make sure students aren’t getting robbed instead of keeping them from drinking a couple beers?

  • Kyle on 09.25.2012 at 11:15 am

    Thanks City of Boston for disarming its citizens, making them easy targets for these sorts of scum. Protect yourself on the street, folks!

  • tom on 09.25.2012 at 11:33 am

    THANK YOU MANUEL! TOUCHE!

  • METAlum on 09.25.2012 at 12:11 pm

    Manuel, I doubt if you and the other party goers ever stop a “couple beers”.

  • Another METAlum on 09.25.2012 at 12:44 pm

    Put more police on bicycles and motorcycles and get them riding through the campus, off campus and adjacent buildings. In winter, they can return to car patrols (as these types of robberies should abate.)

    We’re not disarmed here.

    Sorry to read about these students coming face to face with guns…this is likely to increase since it’s not being addressed.

  • Manuel on 09.25.2012 at 12:51 pm

    I currently do just have a “couple beers” because I graduated from BU 35 years ago. But I have a child at the school now and I think it is a joke that they are wasting resources just to teach people how to drink, while there are others getting robbed.

    • Another METAlum on 09.25.2012 at 1:14 pm

      +1

    • Meow on 09.25.2012 at 3:06 pm

      +2

  • AP on 09.25.2012 at 1:30 pm

    “Get a ride instead of walking. If walking is the only option, do so in large groups.”

    How is this even practical advice? Hardly any BU students have cars (or motorcycles) and those that do seldom drive because safe parking spaces are difficult to find. You might say take a cab, but a cab from one end of BU’s campus to another is upwards of $10 and that’s out of a lot of students’ budgets.

  • CN on 09.25.2012 at 2:26 pm

    Agreed, AP.

    How about moving some of the money spent on breaking up parties to having the BUS run to Harvard and Comm Ave.

  • NotAnMETAlum on 09.25.2012 at 3:04 pm

    Manuel is spot on. It’s time that the police realize this is one of the few schools that cracks down heavily on parties instead of just keeping things safe. It doesn’t matter if it’s a “couple of beers” or a whole keg, kids make their own decisions and I bet if they wake up in a hospital once they’ll be more careful for the rest of their lives.

  • J on 09.25.2012 at 4:18 pm

    This does explain why the campus wide alert was sent out so late. However, it is absolutely unacceptable. This type of event is exactly what the alert system is for and it failed completely. BU needs to have a better communication with the police in the surrounding neighborhoods so that notifications can be sent in a timely fashion.

  • SR on 09.25.2012 at 6:52 pm

    Although police resources need to be allocated to address these armed robberies, I disagree with other posters’ remarks that using the police to patrol drinking in Allston should be curtailed, if not eliminated.

    Obviously, excessive drinking is linked to a plethora of illegal activity: vandalism, sexual assault, assault, robbery, and so on. So it’s a mistake to think that other kinds of crime–some just as serious as armed robbery–wouldn’t increase in Allston once police stopped targeting binge drinking. Hence, by fixing a problem elsewhere, you’d create new problems here (in Allston).

    Not really a solution, then, as solutions generally fix problems instead of just relocating them.

    • Anonymous on 09.25.2012 at 8:14 pm

      You should be arrested for using the word “plethora.”

      • Anonymous on 09.26.2012 at 12:14 am

        Obviously, excessive vocabulary is linked to a plethora of illegal activity: racism, sexual harassment, verbal assault, robbery, and so on. So it’s a mistake to think that other kinds of crime–some just as serious as armed robbery–wouldn’t increase in Allston once police stopped targeting binge thesaurus reading. Hence, by fixing a problem elsewhere, you’d create new problems here (in the library).

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