On-campus robbery sparks creation of safety committee

Jaspery Goh/HIHGLANDER
Jaspery Goh/HIHGLANDER

A campus committee on safety has been proposed after a student was injured in an attempted armed robbery near the Arts Building on Monday, April 13.

At around 8:20 p.m., a student was walking toward University Avenue from Canyon Crest Drive when he was followed by two suspects in a vehicle. One of the suspects then exited the vehicle and followed the victim to the area of the Arts and INTS buildings, where he displayed a black semi-automatic handgun. After a brief struggle in which the victim was hit several times, the suspect fled to the vehicle without stealing anything.

The first suspect has been described as a six-foot tall black male adult, wearing a white hooded sweater and red shoes. UCPD has provided additional information about the suspect online and has warned people to not approach him if seen but to call UCPD at 951-827-5387. No description of the second suspect has been provided.

Sometime prior to the incident, the victim was alerted of the possibility of being followed by a passerby. An investigation is currently ongoing. In the wake of the attempted robbery, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Jim Sandoval has invited members of ASUCR to form a campus committee focused on improving safety on campus.

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