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Duke graduate student reports armed robbery

Posted June 20, 2009 11:35 a.m. EDT

— A Duke graduate student told police that a man armed with a handgun robbed him off campus Thursday night.

According to a release from university police, the robbery took place at Campus Walk and LaSalle Street shortly after 11 p.m. The gunman took the student's backpack, which contained a laptop computer, and then ran toward Erwin Road, police said.

The student described the assailant as a black man in his 20s, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall. He had braided hair and wore a dark T-shirt and jeans. The student said a black woman female wearing a bright-colored blouse might have also been involved.

Duke police increased patrols in the area. Along with Durham police, they are investigating the reported robbery.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Duke University Police Department at 919-684-2444.