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ND student robbed at gunpoint

Heather Van Hoegarden | Friday, April 22, 2005

A Notre Dame student was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night outside the Eck Visitors’ Center on campus, Notre Dame Security/Police assistant director Chuck Hurley said.

The student, who was walking east from his dormitory on campus, saw a man sitting alone on a bench on the north side of the Eck Center about 9 p.m., Hurley said. The man showed a gun and told the student to give him his wallet.

“The student gave him his wallet, and the guy told him to walk away,” Hurley said. “The student turned and looked over his shoulder and the guy ran southbound on Notre Dame Avenue.”

The student, a senior at the University, was unharmed.

Hurley said the student went into the Hammes Bookstore, which was in the process of closing up for the night. He called NDSP about three minutes after the incident, which occurred while several games of the Bookstore Basketball Tour-nament were being played at the nearby Bookstore courts.

The suspect, described as a black male in his late 20s to early 30s, was estimated to be six feet tall and weigh 180 pounds. He was wearing an unzipped black leather jacket with a gray T-shirt and a red baseball hat, Hurley said.

After the student contacted NDSP, officers attempted to find the suspect.

“We checked the area down by Notre Dame Avenue and alerted South Bend Police,” Hurley said. “Nobody matched the description in that area.”

Hurley said there was no one in the area when the incident occurred and that the student was unsure if he could identify the suspect if he was asked to.

NDSP has assigned a detective to the case, and he will meet with the student to develop a composite sketch of the suspect, Hurley said.

The student had $25-$30 in his wallet at the time, along with one credit card. Hurley said the card was cancelled right away.

“[The student] was shook up,” he said.