ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Two Washington University students are robbed at gunpoint within minutes of each other and now police are looking for a suspect. It happened around 11:30pm Wednesday night in a neighborhood where many students live.
The two were robbed as they rode their bikes on Pershing Avenue near Rosedale.
Student Julia Gordon lives a block away from where the attacks happened.
'It’s pretty scary. I mean there’s always police and security patrolling. So you think that would help it. But I guess stuff like this still happens,' said Gordon.
Investigators say the students were both were wearing backpacks.
In the first case, police say the suspect knocked a 26 year old man off his bike and pointed a gun at him demanding his property. The suspect got a laptop and a kindle.
In the second case, police tell us the suspect jumped out from behind a car and confronted a 22 year old man with a gun. He made off with another laptop as well as an iPhone from that student.
Fortunately the victims weren’t hurt. They gave the same description of the suspect.
Students and others living in the area are now taking extra precautions.
'Some of us have night classes. You walk home with someone. Lots of people live on this street that go to my school so you’ll just walk home with them or you’ll have someone drive you home. Maybe you’ll not take night classes of just come while it’s still daylight out. But there’s only so much you can do to prevent this from happening,' said graduate student Zach Phillips.
The university e-mailed students about the incidents through the a campus crime alert program.
The one suspect who police believed committed both attacks is described as a black male, 18 to 24 years old, 5`11' to 6 feet tall and weighing 165-175 pounds. He has shoulder length dreadlocks and was wearing a black t-shirt with white writing. He also had on dark 'skinny' jeans.