MILWAUKEE -- Police are investigating two robberies that happened near the Marquette University campus. The incidents happened within hours of each other -- and students said they're taking extra precautions.
"Even though I am having fun at school, like, I need to be aware of where I am ultimately. I was a little startled at first because it is so close to campus," said Abigail Oye, a freshman at Marquette University.
Marquette University police say a suspect walked into a Cousins Subs at 16th and Wisconsin and demanded money on Monday night, May 7. He said he had a weapon.
"It's crazy. I don't know who would rob a Cousins. Like, it's a restaurant. They had to be really low. Low, low life," said Charlece Robinson.
The suspect took money and drove away in a black Hyundai Elantra.
Hours later, at 14th and State, there was a violent armed robbery. Two men followed a man into an apartment building. Police say they assaulted him and ran away with money and belongings.
Shortly after both situations happened, Marquette police sent out safety alerts to the campus community.
"I feel like it's nice to be aware of what's happening on campus -- to be safer," said Simran Bhalla.
As the semester wraps up, Oye said she will take extra precautions around campus.
"It just kind of brings me back to reality, like, 'OK, I am in a city. I do need to be aware of what's going on,'" said Oye.
No students were harmed in either of the robberies.
All Marquette students, faculty, staff, guests and visitors are reminded to:
- Walk in pairs or groups, being aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Use the LIMO and safety patrol services provided by MUPD. Call 414-288-6363 for Student Safety Patrol escorts.
- During evening hours watch for the LIMO with strobe lights patrolling the perimeters of campus; the driver may ask if you want a ride or want to request a walking escort.
- Make sure someone knows when you leave and when to expect you back.
- Do not become distracted by talking on your cell phone or listening to music through headphones at a high volume.
- Travel on well-lit, busy streets and avoid walking through alleys and parking lots.
- Be aware of places along your path of travel that could conceal a criminal (shrubbery, building recesses, etc.). Avoid or keep a distance from these areas whenever possible.
- Take note of suspicious vehicles, especially those that appear to be circling the block or driving unusually slow. If you observe a suspicious vehicle, relay its description and location to MUPD using one of the more than 450 blue light phones on and near campus.
- If you think someone is following you, cross the street, head for a well-populated, well-lit area and contact MUPD using one of the more than 450 blue light phones on and near campus.
- If you plan to drink, do so in moderation to avoid putting yourself in a position of increased risk.
- If approached, give up your property.