Warning: KSU Students Robbed at Gunpoint, Police Need Help Locating Suspects

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KENT, OH (WOIO) - The Kent City Police are investigating a robbery that occurred early this morning adjacent to campus in the Silver Oaks Apartments parking lot. Two victims, Kent State University students, report being robbed at gunpoint by three suspects in a gray four-door Ford Contour at 2:02 a.m. Saturday morning.

The suspects are described as black males approximately 6' tall with athletic builds and wearing jeans and tennis shoes.

The first suspect has facial hair and was wearing a black thermal shirt. The second suspect had a white track jacket with a star on the left side that was possibly red in color and he was wearing a grey skullcap.

The third suspect was wearing a white t-shirt and the fourth had a red hoodie sweatshirt. The victims were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Kent City Police at 330-673-7732.

The following press release was issued from KSU discussing security aides for students and faculty members:

"The safety of our faculty, staff, students and visitors is our first priority at Kent State University. Besides the presence of Kent State Police Department, Security aides are available to provide escorts across campus each night between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., call 2-7004 for an escort on campus. The security aides are in direct contact with University Police Services via two-way radios. Every residence hall complex is patrolled from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. every day. Our well lighted campus also includes outdoor campus phones, which can be recognized by their blue lights, can be used for emergency and non-emergency situations. Courtesy phones are located at the entrances to residence halls. Frequently used campus phone numbers are posted at each phone including numbers for emergencies, campus security, and escort and motorist assistance."

Cooperation and engagement of all students, faculty and staff in the campus safety program is our best defense against crime. The university encourages all members of the campus community to take simple, commons-sense precautions to as a way to assume responsibility for their own safety. Please consider these tips:

  • Find safety in numbers, practice walking with a companion or in groups at night.
  • Keep the doors of residences, offices and automobiles should be locked
  • Mark your valuables with a personal identification number in case of loss or theft
  • Have your keys ready when walking across parking lots and watch for any suspicious person or activities
  • Never leave your keys unattended in the car ignition.
  • Lock all valuables such as mobile devices, laptops, cameras, book bags, briefcases and textbooks in the trunk.

Additional information will be posted at the Kent State Web site, www.kent.edu, as it becomes available.

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