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Robbery Reported Friday Near East Campus

Robbery Reported Friday Near East Campus

Minor injuries reported, mobile phone and wallet taken

Editor's Note: The original version of this story has been updated to reflect that the victim received minor injuries.

Durham, NC - A Duke University student has reported being robbed at gunpoint early Friday morning near East Campus. The victim received treatment for a cut received during the incident.

The incident occurred around 1 a.m. at Watts Street and Gloria Avenue as the student was talking on a mobile phone while walking back from Brightleaf Square, police said.

Two men, described to police as black, in their late teens, approximately 5-foot-8 and wearing black hooded sweatshirts, approached the student from behind with a silver handgun, police said. They took the phone and a wallet and were last seen running toward Main Street.

A similar incident occurred Nov. 13 when another student was walking back to East Campus from W. Main St.

The Duke University Police Department and city of Durham Police Department are investigating the robbery.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Durham Police Department at (919) 560-4427; Duke Police at (919) 684-2444, or Durham CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases. Callers may remain anonymous.

Police suggest the following when traveling at night:

  • Use transportation such as the Bull City Connector, a designated driver or commercial taxi services. Charlene's Safe Rides accepts Duke Flex. The service can be reach at (919) 309-7233.
  • Travel with others.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, stay alert.

For additional safety tips and resources, visit the Duke University Police Department website.

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The student did, indeed, receive minor injuries during the incident. The article has been updated. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We apologize for the error.

Why does this version of the story say no one was injured while the version in the Herald-Sun reports: "The victim, who was walking by himself, was hit on the head with an unidentified object as he talked on his cellphone, and was transported to Duke Hospital for stitches and other treatment, according to police. They said his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening."?  Which story needs a correction?

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