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Two arrested after armed robbery near NC State

Posted November 12, 2011

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— Raleigh police arrested two suspects in the robbery of two North Carolina State University students on Hillsborough Street early Friday morning.

The victims, both women, told campus police that four people, at least two of whom had guns, robbed them shortly after 1 a.m., taking a backpack and other personal items. The robbery was later determined to have happened off campus and Raleigh police were called in to investigate.

Travieon Lamarcus Colbreth, 17, and a 15-year-old boy, whose name was not released, were arrested Saturday. 

Colbreth was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, robbery with a dangerous weapon and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The investigation into the robbery continues and police have not identified the two other people involved.

Anyone with information is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP.

NC State students wary after robbery near campus NC State students wary after robbery near campus

On Friday, the university sent an email to students about the robbery, reminding them to be careful and not walk alone at night. 

"It's definitely intimidating," said student Kathryn Brown. "You definitely have to be more careful at night."

She carries pepper spray, she said, just in case.

Kellie Biesecker said hearing about the robbery shook her sense of security at N.C. State.

"Hearing things like that, especially when you're a girl... you don't feel safe," Biesecker said.

Brittney Marsocci, on the other hand said she has confidence in the campus blue light system and the university's safety escort service.

"There's campus police and security always riding around, so I don't feel that unsafe," she said.

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  • dmccall Nov 14, 2011

    What a wonderful gift to the city. Thanks for making this a better place, guys.

  • yeojustice Nov 14, 2011

    Do we have to start locking up these young people before they have a chance to be a menace to society. This is really sad. I guess the 18-year-old was showing the 15-year-old how it be done. Sad.

  • Here2tellya Nov 14, 2011

    15 and 17?????!!!!!!, these kids are still wet behind the ears. Way to launch that criminal career and make your momma proud.

  • Wendellcatlover Nov 14, 2011

    Pretty simple...don't be out between let's say midnight and 5 a.m. Usually that's when these types of things occur because criminals like to use the darkness of night to their advantage.