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No arrests in UNC armed robberies; no explanation for alert failure

Posted July 22, 2015
Updated July 23, 2015

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— Investigators were looking for two young men in a white, four-door sedan in connection with two armed robberies on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wednesday night.

University officials said a male and female victim were approached by two men with handguns at about 11 p.m. near Aycock Hall on Raleigh Road. It wasn't clear if the victims were UNC students.

The men threatened the victims and demanded property from them.

One suspect was about 5'10" tall and stocky, with a round face and a dark tank top. The other was about 6 feet tall and thin. wearing a white T-shirt and khaki pants.

Students were advised to stay inside, close doors and windows and follow direction from emergency responders, but the university admitted early Thursday that a follow-up email and phone messages to students didn't go out until 45 minutes after the robberies.

An "all clear" was announced just before midnight. Campus officials said they will be looking into the communication breakdown.

"A full review will be launched immediately to ensure this breakdown in communication does not happen again," the school said on its alert website. "The university apologizes for the concern and uncertainty this caused."

Anyone with information about the robberies should call UNC police.

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  • Jim Wiseman Jul 24, 2015
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    How many people have to die before "gun free zones" are abolished?

  • Brian Jones Jul 24, 2015
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    Deception almost always causes harm..........And; that is a GREAT analogy; that businesses should be run like our broken judicial system; that so called impartial news services should be run like our broken judicial system; and even better, run by persons much like criminal defense attorneys (who work for the criminals).......hilarious

  • Pat Orsban Jul 24, 2015
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    Utah has allowed gun on campus for years. SO far no accidental shootings, nor mass shootings. But try to explain simple facts to a liberal with their dogma.

  • Pat Orsban Jul 24, 2015
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    But I thought the liberals assured me the no gun signs will keep guns off campus???

    Lord save us from brain dead liberals that are allowed to vote.

  • Charlie Watkins Jul 24, 2015
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    Journalism is like a court case. The lawyer for the defense would certainly never reveal any evidence that would hurt their client.

    A media company wants to deliver news that pleases the paying customers. No harm in that.

  • Caitlin Stevens Jul 23, 2015
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    Wral Will Not give an honest description if the perpetrators were Black ! However had the perpetrators been white Wral would have gone as far as to report on their preferred brand of toothpaste !

  • Brian Jones Jul 23, 2015
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    Speaking of reality. It is evident your reality is derived from Hollywood movies.........Most crimes that are stopped with a handgun, aren't stopped by the victim. They are stopped by another "good samaritan" with a handgun....boom

  • Dana McCall Jul 23, 2015
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    "One suspect was about 5'10" tall and stocky, with a round face and a dark tank top. The other was about 6 feet tall and thin. wearing a white T-shirt and khaki pants."
    SMH

  • Dana McCall Jul 23, 2015
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    Perhaps if they give an honest description of the perpetrators we might be able to help police find these people....no?

  • Dati Pemby Jul 23, 2015
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    Or maybe the criminals would have second thoughts about approaching someone who may be armed?

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