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Armed Robberies Infrequent on Campus

By Daniel C. Stevenson

In general, only one or two armed robberies happen on or near the MIT campus each year. Since the murder of Yngve K. Raustein '94 in September 1992, the most serious crime at MIT in decades, there have been fivereported armed robberies on-campus and another 11 off-campus, according to Campus Police reports and The Tech files.

Sept. 20, 1992: A female freshman was assaulted on Albany Street near MassachusettsAvenue at 6:30 p.m. (off-campus)

Oct. 14, 1992: Four people were robbed at gunpoint near the Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (NW12) at 9:15 p.m. (off-campus)

Nov. 7, 1992:A male student was robbed at gunpoint on the Harvard Bridge at 7:30 p.m. (off-campus)

Dec. 17, 1992:A student was approached between Buildings 9 and 13 by a male who demanded money. As the victim fled his coat was slashed.

Apr. 25, 1993:A student was robbed at gunpoint on Memorial Drive, in the area of Building 1, at 12:30 a.m. (off-campus)

Oct. 16, 1993:A student was the victim of an attempted robbery at gunpoint on Vassar Street by Building 20 at 9:30 p.m. (off-campus)

Oct. 17, 1993:There were two incidents (on Amherst Alley and between Buildings 54 and 66)around 2:30 a.m. involving two males on bicycles who showed a small handgun and demanded money. In both cases, the robbers fled after the victims gave them money.

Oct. 19, 1993:A male showed a small knife and took the victim's wallet near Ashdown House at 2:30 a.m.

Dec. 10, 1993: Two students were robbed at knife point near Huntington Hall, a building on Longwood Avenue in Boston used at the time by MIT as a dormitory. (off-campus)

April 10, 1994:A male student was threatened at 10:45 p.m. with an unseen gun and robbed near Pearl Street and Massachusetts Avenue. (off-campus)

Sept. 23, 1994:A male student was robbed at a Kendall Square ATM at 5 p.m. (off-campus)

Jan. 23, 1995: A man approached a student on the Harvard Bridge, threatened him with an unseen gun, and fled with $40. (off-campus)

Jan. 17, 1996:An MIT employee was mugged on Wadsworth Street near Kendall Square at 6:30 a.m. (off-campus)

June 2, 1996:The victim claimed he was robbed at knife point at the ATM on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Vassar Street. According to the Campus Police, "an investigation by Cambridge Police and BayBank security determined the complaint unfounded." (off-campus)

Sept. 11, 1996: At 3:50 p.m., three people on bicycles threatened a student on Amherst Alley with an unseen weapon and stole his bicycle.