COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio State University has issued a safety notice after a student was robbed at gunpoint near campus.
According to a release, the male student was walking in the area of East 16th Avenue and Waldeck Avenue, just after 1 a.m., on Monday, when he was approached by a vehicle.
Police say a male suspect exited the vehicle and confronted the student, stealing the victim’s cell phone before driving away. The student was not injured in the confrontation.
The suspect’s vehicle is described as a white or silver four-door hatchback.
The robbery occurred a few hours before students began moving into their dorms, on campus.
Detective Cassandra Schaffer, from The Ohio State University Police Division, offered tips for students to stay safe when walking on or around campus.
“Be aware of your surroundings,” she said. “Remove your earbuds. Don’t talk on the phone. Use our Rave Guardian app that’s free through the public safety department. Communicate with somebody what your plan is for traveling and if you can, always walk with a group or a friend.”
Anyone with information on Monday’s robbery is encouraged to call the Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545.