U-M issues crime alert after armed robberies off campus

Posted at 5:18 AM, Jan 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 17:35:32-05

The University of Michigan is issuing a new crime alert after several incidents and armed robberies that happened near campus. 

Ann Arbor Police say in the first incident, a 21-year-old man was walking near Arch and Oakland shortly after midnight Wednesday when two men got out of a dark-colored sedan and pointed a handgun at the victim, telling him to "give me what you got."

The victim gave the suspects his phone, keys and wallet before the pair ran away and hopped into the vehicle. The suspects were described as black males wearing hooded sweatshirts and bandanas. 

In the second incident, a 19-year-old woman was walking near S. Forrest Avenue and Oakland Street when she was approached by a white male wearing a black zip up hoodie and a red-colored Halloween mask. The man then told her to give him what she had. He reportedly was carrying a black semi-automatic handgun. After getting the victim's phone, the suspect ran away. 

A black-colored sedan was seen in the area. 

Police believe the two cases are connected. 

In the third case, a 19-year-old woman was near her vehicle on S. Forrest Avenue when a dark-colored vehicle pulled up. The driver of that vehicle reportedly pointed a gun at the woman before she got into her vehicle and drove away. 

The sedan reportedly followed the woman for several blocks. 

If you know anything about these robberies, please call the Ann Arbor Police or the University of Michigan Division of Public Safety at 734-763-1131. 

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. 

Officials are reminding people to remain aware and walk with a friend when possible.