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Three sought in attempted robbery on NCSU campus

Posted October 30, 2013

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— North Carolina State University police were searching Wednesday for three men wanted in connection with an attempted robbery on central campus. 

According to authorities, a male student was leaving Carmichael Gymnasium on Cates Avenue at about 11 p.m. when he was approached by a man who requested help. 

After the student followed the man into an area between Owen and Turlington halls, he was approached by two other men. The three men demanded that the student give them the bag he was carrying. 

The men forcibly took the bag from him, but dropped it before fleeing on foot toward the Free Expression Tunnel.

The suspects implied that they had a weapon, but the student never saw one. No injuries were reported.

One suspect was described as 6 feet 1 inches tall and about 26 to 30 years old, police said. He was wearing a navy hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. A second suspect was reportedly wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants. 

A description of the third suspect was not available. 

Anyone with information about the attempted robbery should call N.C. State police at 919-515-3000. 

Authorities reminded students Thursday of several safety tips to follow when traveling on campus:

  • Walk in well-lighted areas
  • Walk in groups whenever possible, especially at night
  • Avoid distractions while walking such as listening to headphones or texting
  • Consider utilizing public transportation or the university's safety escort at 919-515-3000

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  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Oct 30, 2013

    For those who are bothered by the lack of race of the assailants, the question then becomes: what difference does it make?

    I can hear the logic now: "I'm not racist. I just want people to know they are black."

    Sorry, that doesn't pass the smell test.

  • Midnight1987 Oct 30, 2013

    I will be using WNCN for my news from now on. Tired of WRAL leaving out info because they are so politically correct or actually NOT. You think you might lose certain viewers I guess? Well Yes, you have!

  • EricaSliver Oct 30, 2013

    It is instances like this that make people not want to help others any more...you really never know who you can trust these days...sad

  • Dr Sanchez Oct 30, 2013

    "I do not know why YOU would want to walk at night when YOU are supposed to be in bed... HELLO." -sdpeterson

    Well there we go folks. No need to study or do homework here.

  • theblazer Oct 30, 2013

    WRAL, I understand the need for sensitivity at times, but leaving out race from the physical description of a suspect is more than a little silly.

    The truth is the truth and it has no agenda. Forget sensitivity, people need to wake up and smell the reality.

  • raleighboy524 Oct 30, 2013

    Raleigh crime is out of control.

  • Sumo Vita Oct 30, 2013

    WRAL, I understand the need for sensitivity at times, but leaving out race from the physical description of a suspect is more than a little silly.

  • merrywidow Oct 30, 2013

    Were they white, black, Asian, native American?! Gracious how can we be on the lookout for anyone when one of the main factors of description is missing?

    DeathRow, you're probably right.

  • kikinc Oct 30, 2013

    sdpeterson-It was 11 pm. He was coming from the gym. I routinely stayed up even later than that while I was in college in order to finish homework, go to the gym, and WORK! If you can go to bed before 11 pm every night, consider yourself lucky. I can't do that now sometimes, and I don't even have kids yet.

    Way to be holier than thou.

  • cecil822 Oct 30, 2013

    well since WRAL refuses to give the race of the perps, then we have to aSSume they are Greys, you know, those lizard people from outer space