Students Robbed Near HuntingtonBy Eva Moy
Two MIT students were robbed at knife point as they walked toward Huntington Hall from the Longwood Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority stop on Dec. 10.
The suspect went to trial Monday for a similar crime committed at the T station, according to a Massachusetts College of Art campus police officer. The suspect was found guilty, but released on probation for two-and-a-half years.
The students were approached from behind. The suspect grabbed one student, held a knife to the student's throat, and demanded the student's wallet.
He also ordered the other student not to look at him.
The students described the suspect as a black male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, with wide shoulders, and a large head.
The suspect stole about $50 in cash from the student's wallet, and fled on foot toward the Mission Hill Projects, which is across the street from Huntington Hall.
Still dormitory officials maintain that the area is not more dangerous than the rest of Boston. "Up until now there haven't been any serious problems of that happening," said Christina E. Giacobbe, a public safety officer at the Massachusetts College of Art. Giacobbe works at the security desk at Huntington Hall, which is owned by MCA, and has attended college in the area for four years.
"The area's all right except for this one person who just got out of jail," the MCA police officer said.
"Once in a while, people are going to be mugged anyway," Giacobbe said. "It can happen anywhere."
The robbery was "another reminder [that] you have to be real careful wherever you are," said Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin. "It unfortunately reminds everyone of the danger of living in a densely populated area."
Huntington Hall, located in Roxbury, is MIT's short-term solution to its overcrowded housing situation. The dormitory currently houses over 60 MIT undergraduate students.