Northwestern Student Attacked, School Issues Alert

Two men approached the student from behind and demanded his wallet, police said

By Lisa Balde
|  Monday, Sep 26, 2011  |  Updated 7:52 AM CDT
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NU Student Attacked, School Issues Alert

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Northwestern University issued a campus security alert after a student was attacked by two men just after midnight Sunday morning.

Two men approached the male student from behind as he was walking northbound on Orrington Avenue at Simpson Street in Evanston, according to the alert.

One man placed the student in a bear hug, while the other pointed a handgun at him and demanded the student give over his wallet. They then hit him on the head with a gun, pushed him to the ground and ran away after he said he did not have a wallet.

As the men ran off, the student told police he heard one of them say, "Open the door," perhaps entering a vehicle that was waiting for them, according to the alert. The vehicle sped off, though the student did not see the vehicle or which way it went.

The student described them as African American men in their 20s standing six feet tall. One was medium build, wearing dark-colored baggy jeans, a dark hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap, and carrying a black handgun. The other was described as heavy set and wearing dark-colored baggy jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt.

No suspects have yet been identified. Northwestern Police advise all students, staff and community members to be alert on or off campus, especially at night.

Anyone who notices suspicious activity is asked to immediately call University Police or Evanston Police by dialing 911 or by using a Blue Light emergency telephone. Anyone with information on this most recent incident is asked to contact Evanston Police at 847-866-5000.

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