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Student Confronted Outside McCormick Hall, Bike Stolen

By Shawdee Eshghi
Staff Reporter

Campus Police are still investigating the bicycle theft that took place on Amherst Alley in front of McCormick Hall Wednesday afternoon.

The victim, an MIT student, was riding his GT Outpost bicycle slowly in front of McCormick around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when three black males of college age approached him and eyewitness Ruben E. Brown '99.

One of the assailants, who was also riding a bicycle, commented that his own bicycle was in poor condition and asked the victim if he would like to sell his bicycle, Brown said.

When the victim replied that he did not wish to sell his bicycle, a second assailant dropped the bicycle that he had been riding and stood in the victim's path, Brown said.

The assailants surrounded the victim, preventing him from fleeing, Brown said.

Although one assailant made gestures suggesting he had a weapon, it is not known whether or not he actually had a weapon or what that weapon might be, said CP Captain John E. Driscoll.

The victim got off of his bicycle, and the assailants took it and proceeded to ride down Amherst Alley, turning right onto Massachusetts Avenue, leaving behind their own bicycle, Brown said.

The victim quickly approached a CP who was on duty nearby. The officer did not actually see the crime as it took place. "We came after the fact," Driscoll said.

CPs immediately began to search for the perpetrators in the area and on Harvard Bridge. "We did search the area," but "there was no luck" finding anyone, Driscoll said.

Theft was brazen'

"It was a pretty brazen crime," Driscoll said.

"It happened right in front of McCormick in broad daylight. That was pretty surprising," Brown said. "The response time by the CPs was very good."

There were no injuries, though the victim and Brown were considerably shaken up, according to the police report.

A search is under way for the three suspects in the case. The victim described them as follows: black male, 6'0", about 230 pounds; black male, about 5'11", early 20s, medium build. No description of the third subject was available.