Three men have been arrested in connection with the abduction and robbery of two Wayne State students on campus in October, Wayne State Police Department Lt. David Scott said. 

The suspects were apprehended in three separate arrests on Oct. 18, 19 and 24, Scott said. 

The men are linked to at least six other criminal incidents in four metro Detroit cities have been charged with around 20 felonies, according to WSUPD.

“They appear to have been part of an up-and-coming criminal group,” said Scott. “The campus became a target for their potential victims.”

The first incident on WSU campus involved a 23-year-old male student and occurred near Cass Avenue and Putnam on Oct. 8. The student told police he had just left the undergraduate library and was heading back to his car when he was robbed at gunpoint. The men made the student drive him to various locations until he was able to pull money from an ATM.

The second incident occurred on Oct. 18 at the intersection of Cass and Ferry Avenue, where a 21-year-old WSU student reported he was threatened and forced to get into a vehicle. Similar to the Oct 8. incident, the student reported he was then driven to various locations until he was able to withdraw $1,000 from an ATM.

The money was not withdrawn through an ATM transaction, instead it was transferred from the students’ accounts to that of the suspects through a smartphone application, Scott said. 

“Technology can be a double-edged sword,” said Scott, “it can make us safer and it can be used against us.”

Neither of the students were injured during the incidents, according to police.


Sean Taormina is The South End's breaking news and WSUPD beat reporter. He can be reached at sean.taormina@wayne.edu.

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