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Student Robbed on Harvard Bridge

By Brian Rosenberg
Editor in Chief

Brian J. Young '96 was robbed of seven cents at gunpoint on the Harvard Bridge at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. The suspect, described as a stocky 6-foot black male wearing a medium blue windbreaker, fled toward Boston after the incident, the MIT Campus Police reported.

According to a bulletin released by the campus police, the suspect approached the victim, brandished a handgun, and demanded money. Young gave him the change, then reported the incident to the campus police, who notified the state police.

State police officials said the incident was being investigated, but added that assailants who get away initially are seldom caught later.

Campus Police Chief Anne P. Glavin emphasized that the Harvard Bridge is not a safe area: "It's not an area that we patrol, because it's a little far-flung from our legal jurisdiction."

"The continuing message to students simply has to be that they must be extremely careful, especially during the hours of darkness," she said. "The bridge has a reputation for not being safe, especially at night, and that's continuing."

Young could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The robbery is the latest in a series of violent incidents that began with the murder of Yngve K. Raustein '94 in mid-September. Since then, there have been over half a dozen robberies, attempted in robberies and assaults on Vassar Street, Albany Street, and Memorial Drive.