Armed robbery at dorm leaves ASU students on high alert

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by Stacey Delikat

azfamily.com

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 13 at 8:29 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Police are looking for two men who forced their way into an Arizona State University student's dorm room, pulled out a gun and demanded cash.

The suspects fled with $10 and no one was injured.

Campus officials said Monday evening that the incident was likely not random and that the suspects knew the victim.

Authorities sent out a campus-wide emergency alert about a "man with gun" after receiving the initial 911 call just before 5 p.m.

Students and faculty subscribed to the ASU Alert System received the notice via text message about a black male in his 20s with a tattoo on his neck wearing a black hoodie seen fleeing the Hassayampa Academic Village.

Students were urged to stay inside and remain vigilant.

"I was really scared because there was a Virginia Tech shooting last week and I signed up for the alert right after that happened," said freshman Kathleen Cordova, who lives in the Hassayampa dorm. "For this to be happening during finals, it really scared me."

ASU police were unable to locate the suspects but searched the dorm and declared an "all clear" around 6 p.m.

According to university spokeswoman Julie Newman, officers detained an armed subject matching the description of one of the suspects near the scene, but the victim said that was not the subject involved.

It was not known whether the suspects were students at ASU and, if not, how they gained access to the secure dorm.

 

 
 

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