Michigan State University Police have issued an alert to students and staff, following the 7th strong-armed robbery on campus this semester.
Investigators say the most recent happened Tuesday night at about 9:30 near Hubbard and Akers Halls. An 18 year-old male student was standing outside, when a man approached him, and asked for directions and a cell phone. When the student said "No," the suspect hit the student in the head, knocking him temporarily unconscious. The suspect then took off with a pair of shoes the victim was carrying and got into the passenger side of a four-door white sedan.
Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor of MSU Police says all of the strong-armed robberies in the area have been similar. "There's usually one person that's in the vehicle, the other person will approach the student, ask them for directions, or either ask them about a cell phone and if they have a cell phone, then grabbing those cell phones. If they don't have a cell phone, whatever items they have they have been taking those items as well."
MSU Police urge students to call 911 immediately if they feel they are in danger. They're also asking students to pay attention to their surroundings, and unplug from headphones and ipods. If possible, they say students should walk in groups.