4th robbery in just weeks reported near Wayne State campus

Posted at 11:09 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 05:41:39-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Some fear the danger is escalating in Midtown Detroit. The crimes are traumatizing to some students at Wayne State University.

"It's just like...why is this happening now," said graduate student, Rebecca Thompson.

"Nobody should be getting robbed around here," said undergraduate student, Zach Egziabher. "It's a peaceful area."

In a press release, Wayne State police said there were two armed robberies this week.

The first crime was reported on Wednesday around 11:55 p.m. near West Hancock and Second Ave. A 38-year-old WSU researcher said two armed suspects pulled up in a black sedan and took his belongings as he walked home.

The second robbery was reported around 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. A 20-year-old student said two men with guns pulled up in a black sedan and robbed him, according to police.

This is the second crime alert sent out the the university community in a week.

Action News covered a story after WSU police received reports of a purse snatcher near the 600 block of Pentris St. between 2nd Ave.

The WSUPD Safewalk Program:

Students, staff and faculty are reminded of the free WSUPD Safewalk program. It is available 24/7/365.

If you feel the least bit apprehensive about walking from "point A to point B", simply call the WSUPD at 313-577-2222. (You should already have that number preprogrammed into your cell phone). Tell the Dispatcher you would like a Safewalk. Tell them where you are and where you would like to go. When available, a uniformed and radio equipped WSUPD Cadet will be dispatched to your location and will accompany you to your destination. Afterhours, or when a Cadet is not available, a WSUPD Officer in a scout car will be dispatched to your location. This service is free!