A 21-year-old WSU student was robbed by three men who forced him into their vehicle and drove him to multiple ATMs until he was able to withdrawal money, according to a special crime alert from the Wayne State Police Department.
The incident occurred at Cass Avenue and Ferry Street at approximately 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 18.
The student told police he was crossing the street when a gray 2016 Chevrolet Cruze pulled up to the curb next to him.
One of the men in the vehicle asked the student if they could use his phone. When the student refused, the man told him that he “better get in the car or there will be problems,” the report stated. The student then entered the car because he was scared, he told police.
Subsequently, the men drove the victim to a local gas station where he was told to withdrawal money from an ATM, however, transaction attempts were repeatedly declined.
The alert said the perpetrators then drove the student to another ATM branch at the Fisher Building — transaction attempts there were also unsuccessful.
For a third attempt, the robbers drove the victim to a gas station on Woodward Avenue and Palmer Street. The student withdrew over $1,000 from an ATM under the threat of violence and gave the cash to the perpetrators, according to police.
“The student was then instructed to get back into the car, but he refused. The three subjects then drove north on Woodward. The student then walked home and called the WSUPD,” the alert states.
The student said he saw no weapons during the ordeal, and he was not injured.
A similar incident took place on campus Oct. 9 when a 23-year-old WSU student was also forced into a vehicle and driven to various ATMs. There is no information on whether those incidents are related.
Sean Taormina is The South End's breaking news and WSUPD beat reporter. He can be reached at email@example.com.