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CWRU robberies victimize students, police make several arrests

Posted at 10:38 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 22:38:01-05

Case Western Reserve University police report six robberies involving students since October 24, some of the robberies occurring at gunpoint.

The campus issued a series students alerts and explained the hold-ups took place in sections of Jupiter Road, Hessler Road and East 115th, near the intersections of Wade Park and Ashbury Avenue.

CRWU police have stepped up patrols in response to the incidents and have made several arrests.

Police report they have also identified additional suspects in connection with the cases.

Investigators told News 5 the robbers often target students who are walking on campus, demanding their smartphones and cash.

Police stressed the importance of students staying aware of their surrounds while walking, avoid cell phone and earphone use while on foot.

The CWRU campus issued the following statement in response to our story:

“The safety of our campus community is our top priority at Case Western Reserve. In response to recent incidents, we are significantly increasing our police patrols and scheduling several more security officers in the evening and early-morning hours.

In addition, we are adding vehicles to our evening and early-morning shuttle service to reduce wait times by about half.

In recent weeks, our police department has arrested seven individuals, and our investigations have identified additional likely suspects. Finally, we are meeting with students, faculty and staff regarding these measures and steps they can take to enhance their own personal safety.”