Armed robbery on West Campus. Fists fly but no bullets as gang of four thugs attacks grad student. Developing.


DEVELOPING STORY - So far the only information we have is the Duke Police handout, forwarded to us by a Loyal Reader. Immediately, a Deputy Fact Checker sent e-mail --reproduced below -- to Duke spinmeister Michael Schoenfeld, who in the past has refused to acknowledge much less answer questions about Duke Police. Rest assured that we view this not as a discourtesy to us, but as an affront to every one of our Loyal Readers.

First the e-mail from the Deputy Fact Checker to Schoenfeld. Then the official Duke police statement.

Dear Mr. Schoenfeld:

We renew our request for specific information about the levels of staffing of Duke Police, and whether the promises made in the latest Clery Act are being met.

We would like details about the extra patrols now promised for Circuit Drive -- which to our count is the fourth area where extra patrols are promised. Where are the officers coming from?......

...We look forward to your prompt response to these vital questions.

✔✔✔ Duke Police handout.
DURHAM, N.C. -- A Duke graduate student reported he was robbed at gunpoint Friday night as he walked to his car on Circuit Drive.

The student said he was approached by four males at around 10:30 p.m. He said the suspects, one of whom reportedly had a handgun, demanded his wallet and cell phone. The student said he was hit by one of the suspects, who were last seen heading toward Erwin Road.

The student was examined by medical personnel at the scene but not sent for any further medical attention. He is receiving support from Student Affairs.

The student provided a description for one of the suspects, who was described as a black male in his late teens to early 20's, approximately 5-feet, 8-inches tall, with a medium complexion and a slim build. The suspect reportedly was wearing a tan cap, brown jacket and green plaid shirt.

The Duke University Police Department and Durham Police have been searching the area since the incident occurred. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Duke Police at (919) 684-2444 or Durham Police at (919) 560-4427.

Duke Police also encouraged students needing after-hours transportation to contact Duke Van Services at (919) 684-2020. The service provides on-demand transportation from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. within a defined boundary area.

✔ An earlier post by FC questioned whether a Clery Alert had been sounded, but did not say if it had nor had not. A Loyal Reader reports receiving a text and e-mail in a timely manner. And we are pleased to update.