Robbery Reported Friday Near East Campus

Minor injuries reported, mobile phone and wallet taken

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.

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.