MILWAUKEE – Police are investigating two robberies near the campus of Marquette University. The incidents happened hours after each other, and now, students are taking extra precautions.
"Even though I'm having fun at school, like I have to be aware of where I am ultimately," said Abigail Oye, a freshman at Marquette University. "At first I was a bit surprised because it's very close to the campus"
Police at Marquette University say a suspect entered a Cousins Subs on 16th Street and Wisconsin and demanded money Monday night. he said he had a gun.
"It's crazy, I do not know who would steal a cousin, it's a restaurant," Charlece Robinson said. "They had to be really low, low, low life."
The suspect took money and left in a black Hyundai Elantra.
Hours later, at 14th and State, there was a violent armed robbery. Two men followed a man to an apartment building. The police say they assaulted him and fled with money and belongings.
Shortly after both situations occurred, the Marquette police sent safety alerts to the campus community.
"I feel it's good to be aware of what's happening on campus: be more confident," said Simran Bhalla.
As the semester ends, Oye said he will take additional precautions on campus.
"It just brings me back to reality, like, 'OK, I'm in a city, I need to be aware of what's going on,'" Oye said.
No student was harmed in any of the robberies.
All students, faculty, staff, guests and visitors of Marquette are reminded:
- Walk in pairs or groups, keeping in mind your surroundings at all times.
- Use the security patrol and LIMO services provided by MUPD. Call 414-288-6363 for escorts of student security patrols.
- During the afternoon hours, look for LIMO with strobe lights patrolling campus perimeters; the driver can ask if he wants a transport or if he wants to request a companion on foot.
- Make sure someone knows when you are leaving and when to expect you to return.
- Do not get distracted by talking on your cell phone or listening to music through headphones at a high volume.
- Travel on crowded, well-lit streets and avoid walking through alleys and parking lots.
- Consider the places along your way of travel that could hide a criminal (bushes, nooks, etc.). Avoid or keep a distance from these areas whenever possible.
- Take note of suspicious vehicles, especially those that seem to be circling the block or driving unusually slowly. If you observe a suspicious vehicle, relay its description and location to MUPD using one of the more than 450 blue-light telephones on and near the campus.
- If you think someone is following you, cross the street, go to a well-populated, well-lit area and contact MUPD using one of the more than 450 blue-light telephones on campus and its surroundings.
- If you plan to drink, do so sparingly to avoid placing yourself in a higher risk position.
- If you approach it, give up your property.