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(NECN: Leslie Gaydos, Boston) – The Northeastern University campus is on alert following the knife-point robbery of two students. The thieves appear to be after the students' cell phones. All this happened over the weekend on campus.
University officials made sure students knew about it quickly so they would know what to watch out for.
"It makes me nervous," said one student.
Northeastern University sent out a safety alert email blast to students over the weekend informing them of the on-campus robbery. At around 10 p.m. Saturday, two students were approached by two young men who asked them what time it was. When they pulled out their cellphones they were stolen. One of the men showed a knife.
"It was a little bit disturbing especially since it was on campus... so it was a little disconcerting I guess, but, um, it just makes me more aware and a little more cognizant to walk alert and keep my phone put away," says Sydney Banks, a student.
"I am definitely concerned... it's a little bit creepy to think that you can't walk home alone or even with a friend, that could still happen to you, because you kinda think you're in a bubble when you are on campus, but you're not at all," says Brigid Perry, a student.
The incident happened near the West Villages dorms. Northeastern is asking students to be aware of this tactic and to be careful when walking outside in public areas.
"Don't trust people you don't know. It's one of those things they always tell you... Don't talk to strangers. Or take things out of your pockets... But, you know, if someone asks you for the time , you want to think they want the time. It's weird to think you're going to be threatened with a knife and stolen from. Gotta be careful, definitely," says Brandon Mathison, a student.
The only information that has been released about these two suspects is that they are described as juvenile black males, wearing dark clothing and they ran to a nearby T station where they made their getaway.