On Heels of Police Alert, Another Attempted Robbery Reported


Hours after Temple Police issued a statement about the recent string of attempted robberies on Main Campus, a seventh was reported.

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A map displays where the shooting on Nov. 12 occured. (Courtesy Temple University Campus Safety Services)

At 8:30PM Wednesday, a TU Alert reported yet another attempted robbery on 18th street between Diamond and Susquehanna. The statement went out via email just after 3 p.m. Wednesday to all university students, faculty, and staff, similar to a TUalert. Two of the incidents involved handguns, police said.

“We believe that at least two of these incidents, in which a handgun was shown, could be connected,” the statement read.

The email provided accounts of the most recent incidents, during one of which a student was shot at a fraternity house party. It described the latest reported robbery which occurred Sunday:

On Sunday, Nov. 16, at approximately 10:25 p.m., a non-Temple complainant reported that he was robbed at 1600 W. Berks St. The complainant stated he was approached by three African-American males, two of whom displayed handguns. The suspects fled north on 16th Street in a red sedan. One suspect was described as wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and another suspect wearing orange running shoes.

The recent string of robberies comes on the heels of the decision to expand Temple Police’s jurisdiction. According to the statement, Temple Police are working with Philadelphia Police to investigate, talking to witnesses and reviewing surveillance footage.

The email also urged to students to utilize common sense and university-run transportation at night.

We are reminding our community to be particularly aware of their surroundings while walking. The TUr Door shuttle is available from 5:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night. It leaves across from the TECH Center and takes students to their residences in the surrounding community. Also, walking escorts can be provided by calling 8-WALK from a campus phone or 215-777-WALK from a cell phone. Walking escorts are available from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. seven days a week.

Police ask anyone with information about the incidents or with a concern for safety to call TUPD at 215-204-1234.

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