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Duke student reports being robbed at knifepoint

Posted December 10, 2008

 Duke University

— Duke University police are investigating a student's report that he was robbed early Wednesday as he walked along a trail in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

The student said he walked into the gardens around 6:30 a.m. at the Lewis Street entrance off Anderson Street when a man approached him and asked for money, according to police.

When the student refused, the man came toward him in a threatening manner with a knife and the two began to struggle, according to the report he gave police.

The man then grabbed the student’s cell phone, which had fallen on the ground, and ran away, police said.

The student was not injured. Police did not release his name.

The man is described as a black man, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a slender build and a dark complexion. He was wearing a black ski cap, black gloves, a black hooded jacket and dark sweat pants.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Duke police at 919-684-2444.


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  • st295x98 Dec 10, 2008

    "cell phone signal to get an approximate location"

    No.. What the PD will do is contact the stolen cell phone's service provide and tell them the phone has been stolen... They have the cell phone provider leave the phone on for a few days so they can track the called and received call log. They will take that log and Then check the numbers that have been called the most. The Police will contact those phone owners and have them give up the person that was calling them from the stolen phone... If they don't give up the person. The police will bust them for possession or out standing warrants, and then they will hang that over the head of the person until they give up the person that was using the stolen phone. simple.

  • davidgnews Dec 10, 2008

    Duke is an island in a 3rd world city.

  • scarletindurham Dec 10, 2008

    so? lets not walk around Durham in the dark by ourselves.

  • itsnews2me Dec 10, 2008

    Robberies like this will continue on college campuses until the ban on carrying a concealed handgun on campus is repealed. For now, the ban makes law-abiding students and staff either known easy prey or also culpable to criminal charges.

  • devilblue Dec 10, 2008

    Duke Campus although very lovely is surrounded by very "unlovely" areas and students need to know that it isn't safe to be out at odd hours alone. Very unfortunate but true.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 10, 2008

    They could possibly triangulate the cell phone signal to get an approximate location. That might help find the guy. But my guess is they won't find the guy. At least until he commits his next assault/murder. Which he WILL do. I agree with the previous post. Check the many thousands on probation. Its probably one of them.

  • issymayake Dec 10, 2008

    walking at 6:30 in the morning by themselves. Come on students you gotta help campus police out, and not put yourself in those situations.

    BTW, why does this warrant it's own article?

  • Z Man Dec 10, 2008

    Shouldn't be hard to find the perp - just check the thousands that are on probation.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Dec 10, 2008

    IN Durham?