Temple University has sent out a warning to the university after three students were robbed at gunpoint in an off-campus home.
The robbery happened around 2:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 12, on the 1800 block of North Bouvier Street, just a few blocks from the Temple University campus. Philadelphia police say the three suspects, who were armed with a knife and a gun and wearing masks and black clothing, walked into the building through the unlocked front door.
The students, who had just returned from the bar 30 minutes prior, thought the door was locked.
“They had us on the ground, and the one dude had a knife to my back,” said the senior. “And at one point they even stood me up, took me to my knees and said, ‘Where is the stuff? We know there’s stuff in your room!’ And I’m like, ‘I’m serious, guys, if you want to do something, do it to me. I have nothing in this room to give you. You took what I have.'”
The suspects flipped the room, taking cell phones, electronics, wallets, keys, debit cards, and $880 in cash. Then they fled.
An alert was sent out to university students after the incident. Police are checking area surveillance video as they work to track down the suspects, although they have not identified any suspects yet.
Police have released descriptions of the three suspects they are looking for:
Offender #1: B/M, white mask, 5’10 -6’0, late teens, early 20s, medium build, black hoodie, dark pants; armed with a black handgun
Offender #2: B/M, 5’10, medium build, late teens to early 20s, wearing a black mask or he had his hoodie pulled over his face, black hoodie with white paint splashed on the front
Offender #3: B/M, NFI, armed with a knife