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Three Robberies Reported

By Jeremy Hylton
Editor in Chief

Three people were robbed at gunpoint in separate incidents on campus Saturday night, according to Campus Police. No arrests have been made, but the police released descriptions of three suspects.

The robberies were the first reported to the Campus Police this year.

At 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, a visitor to MIT was accosted on Vassar Street next to Building 20, according the Campus Police. The suspect walked up behind the victim and demanded money from him. The suspect revealed a small hand gun.

The victim said he had no money, and the suspect fled on foot toward Kendall Square. He is described as a black male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, slim build, wearing dark clothing and a ski mask.

The victim was unharmed.

The other robberies occurred within five minutes of each other at about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. The same two suspects committed both crimes, the police said.

The first robbery took place between the Green Building and East Campus. Two assailants on bicycles approached the victim. One of the suspects demanded money from the victim and showed a small hand gun, according to the Campus Police.

The victim threw his wallet on the ground, the thieves removed $5, and they rode away on their bicycles.

The Campus Police believe that the same two suspects accosted a third victim on Amherst Alley near Burton House about five minutes later. The pair demanded the victim open his wallet and through his money on the ground, the police said. One of the assailants also brandished a hand gun.

The victim threw $11 on the ground and was not hurt. The suspects took the money and rode towards Massachusetts Avenue on their bicycles.

One of the suspects was described as a black male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, thin build, wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and carrying a small, black hand gun. The other suspect is a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a white or light colored, hooded sweatshirt. Both suspects were riding BMX bicycles and were described as about 16 years old.

The Campus Police contacted Cambridge police, but have not apprehended the suspects, according to Campus Police Chief Anne P. Glavin. No similar incidents were reported to the Cambridge police, she said.

Glavin emphasized the importance of taking safety precautions when traveling at night. People should ride the Safe Ride vans rather than travel on foot, she said.

"You might have to change your habits, and it might be less convenient, but hopefully Safe Ride is more convenient now than it ever was. I would certainly encourage people to use it," Glavin said.

A Safe Ride runs from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. There are four vans that follow routes through Cambridge and Boston.

The Campus Police Crime Prevention Unit issued a bulletin with other safety tips:

* If you choose to walk at night, there is greater safety in a group.

* If you are robbed, do not fight to keep your property.

* If you see suspicious activity, call Campus Police immediately. Use a blue emergency telephone or dial 100 on an Institute telephone.