A 23-year-old male WSU student was robbed and carjacked at gunpoint near Cass Avenue and Putnam on Oct. 8, according to an alert sent by the Wayne State Police Department.
The student told police that he left the David Adamany Undergraduate Library sometime before midnight and was searching for a Lime scooter to ride back to his car when he was approached by a man.
The man then proceeded to “put a gun to his side,” and rob the student of his phone, wallet and some jewelry, according to the crime alert.
“The suspect then asked the victim where he was going, and when the victim said ‘to my car,’ the suspect took the car keys and made the victim drive at gunpoint to the Marathon gas station on Woodward Avenue, then a BP gas station where in both cases an ATM withdrawal was attempted unsuccessfully,” the alert states.
After two failed attempts, the student was able to withdrawal $200 from at an “unknown Chase bank branch,” according to the crime alert.
“The suspect had been talking over the phone to a second suspect who joined them. The second suspect then proceeded to drive the victim and drop him off at an abandoned area,” the alert reports.
The student was not injured during the ordeal, according to the alert.
WSUPD described the first perpetrator as a “a man of medium build, low haircut, 5 feet 10 inches tall, thin beard,” and the second as shorter than the first and wore a black hoodie tied around his face.
Per the statement released by WSUPD, students are encouraged to maintain an awareness to their surroundings, avoid openly displaying their valuables, assess their vulnerability and trust their instincts.
“It (being aware of your surroundings) means nothing more than simply being aware of what is going on around you and whether or not that activity is normal and expected for the setting,” the alert states. “If someone makes you feel uneasy, trust your instincts and act accordingly.”
WSUPD did not comment on the case, as the investigation is ongoing.
Sean Taormina is The South End's breaking news and WSUPD beat reporter. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.