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Student Victimized In Robbery Attempt

By Kevin R. Lang
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

For the second time in two weeks, an MIT student was held at gunpoint Thursday in the Kendall Square area.

A Crime Alert sent out by MIT Campus Police described the suspect as a Hispanic male approximately six feet tall and 170 pounds, thin but muscular, with short, “military style” hair. The victim said that the suspect carried a brown or black leather jacket which he used to conceal a small handgun.

The student said that the suspect stood at the bottom of a flight of stairs in the subway entrance so that he was not visible from either the street or the platform. “I didn't see him until I was within maybe ten feet of him,” the victim said.

The student said that the suspect stood at the bottom of a flight of stairs in the subway entrance so that he was not visible from either the street or the platform. “I didn’t see him until I was within maybe ten feet of him,” the victim said.

As he entered the turnstile area, the suspect stepped toward the victim. “His appearance didn’t look threatening,” the victim said. The suspect then revealed a handgun pointed at the victim’s abdomen, and told the victim not to yell. However, the victim kept walking toward through the turnstiles and up the platform.

The victim said that he “made a quick decision that the guy was either going to shoot me or not shoot me.”

Once in public view on the platform, the victim called for help and asked the token booth clerk to call the police. “The police were awesome,” the victim said. He said that at least twenty Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Cambridge Police arrived within minutes.

“I was very thankful to see the police after the incident,” the victim said, as he did not know whether the suspect had left the area.

Despite a thorough search of the Kendall Square area and a Red Line train that had departed shortly after the incident, the suspect was not found. However, the victim did hear a report that someone witnessed a suspicious-looking man leaving the area of Broadway and 3rd Street on bicycle just as the police arrived.

Incident second in two weeks

On April 25, an MIT student was robbed at gunpoint at the corner of Wadsworth Street and Main Street, near building E48. The suspect stole $50 and was described as a white male of medium build, approximately five feet ten inches tall and about twenty years of age. He was wearing a windbreaker and a baseball cap at the time of the robbery.

Although the victim was a student, this most recent incident falls outside MIT Campus Police jurisdiction. MIT Campus Police Chief Anne P. Glavin said that “the MIT police did interview the victim”, but the investigation was being handled by the MBTA and Cambridge Police.

Glavin did not think that the two most recent robberies should be considered a rash of crimes. While armed robberies on campus are rare, the MBTA Police “have a better handle on the amount of crimes that occur within the T facilities,” Glavin said. “Naturally we’re concerned about it.”

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the MBTA Police or the MIT Police. Anonymous tips can be registered through the Campus Police home page at http://web.mit.edu/ cp/www/invest/anon.html.