Robbery on campus

SNATCH AND RUN-Crime alerts detailing a strong-arm robbery that occurred near the Engineering building Feb. 12 were posted by the Sherriff's Department all over campus. Jay Gilliland/Photo Editor

SNATCH AND RUN-Crime alerts detailing a strong-arm robbery that occurred near the Engineering building Feb. 12 were posted by the Sheriff’s Department all over campus.

No suspects yet identified in the robbery of a student Thursday night. 

By Kevin Buckles Jr., Editor in Chief

Two unidentified assailants robbed a student walking towards Parking Lot A, past the Engineering Building on Feb. 12, at around 9:25 p.m.

“He felt someone push him from behind,” said Deputy Sheriff Dennis Marmolejo. “Simultaneously, his hand was being pulled.”

The two suspects ran in opposite directions after stealing a briefcase from the victim’s hands. The victim was unable to describe them beyond their dark clothing.

“He couldn’t tell if they were male or female, he didn’t know their race, or anything,” said Marmolejo.

Among the items in the briefcase were the student’s Apple laptop and a textbook.

Marmolejo mentioned that the suspects’ vague descriptions were sent out over the radio at the time but there were no reports of anyone running with a briefcase. As a result of the robbery, campus security has heightened and more areas will be patrolled, according to the deputy sheriff.

Campus security is advising people to be aware of their surroundings when walking around the campus at night, and to walk in groups if possible.

If you have any information about the incident, similar incidents, or the identity of those responsible, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at (323) 559-5905.

The telephone number for the Sheriff’s Office on campus is (818) 947-2911.

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