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Raleigh police uncertain about NC State robbery

Posted April 28, 2013 7:04 p.m. EDT
Updated April 28, 2013 8:14 p.m. EDT

— 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.