Two Assaulted Off Campus; No InjuriesBy Sarah Y. Keightley
Two MIT students were threatened by a man brandishing a knife, at about 1:50 a.m on Jan. 11. The incident occurred between MIT and Central Square.
According to a crime bulletin, the students said they were approached by two men, and one of the men threatend them with a knife. The students were not injured. The suspects fled towards Central Square.
The incident occurred near Blanche St. and Massachusetts Ave.
Both the MIT and the Cambridge Police Departments responded to the crime. The Cambridge Police Department is investigating the case.
Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin said that even though the incident occurred off campus, the department put out the bulletin "because it is so close to the campus, and we want students to be aware of what happens even off campus." Students should be careful no matter where they are, she said.
The victims gave descriptions of the two suspects. The first was a white male, about 20 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 180 pounds, with brown hair and a goatee. He was wearing a light colored jacket and a black knit cap. The second assailant was a white male, about 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with blond hair, wearing a white sweatshirt.
In the crime bulletin, the Crime Prevention Unit recommended that students be careful, and take precaution by walking in groups and staying in well lighted areas. They also recommended using Safe Ride, which operates from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. week nights and until 4 a.m. on weekends.