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Raleigh police uncertain about NC State robbery

Posted April 28, 2013

— Raleigh police said Sunday that they can't say for sure whether a North Carolina State University student was robbed at knifepoint Saturday night.

A student told campus police that he was approached around 9:30 p.m. by a man who robbed him and then ran toward Hillsborough Street.

Initially, it was reported to investigators that the crime happened on campus at the Coliseum Parking Deck. Investigators later determined it did not happen on campus and turned the case over to the Raleigh Police Department to investigate off-campus.

"After considerable follow-up work by the RPD officers, it cannot be said with certainty that a crime involving the complainant occurred at either location," Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said in an email Sunday afternoon.

The police investigation is ongoing, Sughrue said.

The latest report comes after a sexual assault on the N.C. State campus early Thursday, when a female student reported being attacked near the Free Expression Tunnel as she walked from the D.H. Hill Library.

After reviewing video from nearby security cameras, police on Friday released a photo of a man they want to question in the case, but they said he is not a suspect in the assault.

Campus security has been heightened as a result of the attack, and campus police have urged students to be more vigilant and aware of their surroundings.

Authorities urge students to never walk alone at night and to stay on well-lit pathways. N.C. State also offers the Safety Escort Program, which runs 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. nightly.

Anyone with information about Thursday's attack is asked to call N.C. State police at 919-515-3000. Anyone with information that could assist Raleigh police should call 919-834-4357.

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  • th009 Apr 30, 4:25 p.m.

    "You have no idea what kind of work load these future chemist and engineers have come finals."

    Actually, as an engineer, I have a pretty good idea what their work load is like, because I had the same workload. Once I realized that sleep was important and all-nighters were counterproductive, my grades went up.

    Also, we had muggings and sexual assaults back in the 80s. Going around alone late at night wasn't a good idea then either.

  • jayb8408 Apr 30, 9:29 a.m.

    @Objective Scientist
    .. I could not have put it better myself

  • Objective Scientist Apr 29, 3:52 p.m.

    Does plain 'ole garden variety "common-sense" apply to anything anymore? It seems not! Should any of us - female or male, child or adult, black or white, etc., etc. be able to walk in any public place on public property at any time of the day or night without fear of being assaulted or robbed or even harassed? Absolutely! We should be able to do that! Should females be free to dress anyway they wish without provoking sexual harassment and/or even rape? Same answer! Problem is - in today's 'real world' - that would NOT be good "common-sense"! NOT a good/wise decision. When I was an undergrad college student, on my campus I never hesitated to walk the campus late at night - and I always "automatically" chose the shortest route from point A to B, without thought of the area it would take me through. NOT today! I think about when I'm out and where I am or will go. I avoid doing some things today with regard to time and location. And I'm a male with above average strength/abilities!

  • kikinc Apr 29, 3:44 p.m.

    " If the police are even questioning the validity of the cases, why is it wrong for others to question it as well?"

    It only sounds like they're questioning the validity of the robbery, not the sexual assault. Why all of a sudden would one false statement mean another was also false? The sexual assault sounds legit. The robbery seems a bit sketchy.

  • sweetlyght Apr 29, 3:24 p.m.

    You guys are being too harsh on the students. You hve no idea what kind of work load these future chemist and engineershave come finals. They're lucky to have time to sleep.

  • jayb8408 Apr 29, 1:43 p.m.

    Finals week has nothing to do with being out at 4am.. Sprry, but it doesnt. I do agree that during finals, it's normal to pull a all nighter, but normally you are doing so in the place that you will remain for the night... Not saying they deserved to be robbed or sexual assaulted for being out that late (so they say), but it does not make sense to put yourself in that situation... If the police are even questioning the vailidity of the cases, why is it wrong for others to question it as well?

  • btneast Apr 29, 12:56 p.m.

    It's finals week. Some of us have to be out at 4 am. It is within our rights to do so

    No you don't , you choose to be out then. Your study habits are a choice. Yes, it certainly is within your rights to be out then, and the blame is with the person doing the crime.....but why needlessly put yourself in a situation where you are more likely to be assaulted or robbed? Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

  • UNCRules123 Apr 29, 12:18 p.m.

    Why? I'm told they do have video of that alleged assailant if not of the actual attack. Grand Onion

    What, RPD contacts you with every update in this case?

  • carrboroyouth Apr 29, 11:40 a.m.

    I think the comments about students not being out at 4 am are shortsighted and blames the victim.

    It's finals week. Some of us have to be out at 4 am. It is within our rights to do so, unlike sexual assault and robbery. Place the blame where it ought to be.

  • Grand Union Apr 29, 10:21 a.m.

    "then you should also be uncertain about the rape."

    Why? I'm told they do have video of that alleged assailant if not of the actual attack.

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