A Wake Forest University student reported that an unidentified man threatened him with a weapon and stole $75 from him near the university’s Collins Residence Hall just before 11 p.m. Oct. 17. There were no injuries, and the victim did not see a weapon, however, he reported to University Police that the suspect pressed an unidentified object against his lower back.
The incident occurred a few minutes after the student had made a 10:50 p.m. withdrawal from the Wachovia ATM on University Plaza. He reported to police that he departed University Plaza and walked between Reynolda Hall and Benson University Center, crossing Magnolia Court, Gulley Drive and making his way down the steps between Johnson and Bostwick Residence Halls. He was approached from behind and robbed before entering Collins Residence Hall.
The suspect, described as a six-foot man, approximately 150 pounds with a dark complexion, fled on foot toward Reynolda Hall. He was wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt, matching sweatpants and white athletic shoes.
University Police Chief Regina Lawson says members of the Reynolda Campus community should be observant of their surroundings at all times. Students, faculty and staff need to practice safe habits, she says.
“Be very aware of your surroundings,” Lawson says. “Always report anything suspicious. I would suggest that people avoid ATM machines when they are alone, late at night, whether on campus or off.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Campus Crime Stoppers at 758-4477 or the University Police non-emergency number at 758-5591. To reach University Police in an emergency, call 911 from a campus telephone.
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