Sep

27

Students Robbed in Riverside (UPDATE)

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Public Safety has sent out another Security Alert after two students were robbed on Friday night in Riverside Park. The pair “were sitting in Riverside Park between W. 115 St. and W. 116 St., when a group of males approached them and asked them where they could buy weed.  One of the suspects then displayed a black semi-automatic pistol.”

The suspects fled after taking the students’ property. They were described to Public Safety as four males in their early 20s, two black and two Hispanic. The NYPD was unable to find the suspects after a search of the area. Full alert after the jump.

UPDATE (11:45 PM): One of the victims got in touch with Bwog to say that the suspects were apprehended today. The assailants had robbed several other groups of people in the park in the past week before being caught by police. A round of applause for the NYPD, then.


SECURITY ALERT

ARMED ROBBERY

On September 25, 2009, at approximately 9:00 p.m., two students were the victim of an armed robbery. The students reported that they were sitting in Riverside Park between W. 115 St. and W. 116 St., when a group of males approached them and asked them where they could buy weed.  One of the suspects then displayed a black semi-automatic pistol.  One victim was punched in the face, as the group removed their property.  The suspects fled on foot. At about 10:50 p.m. the students came into the Public Safety office and reported the crime.  NYPD was notified, and a search of the area was conducted.

The victims provided the following description to the police:

#1- male/Hispanic/20-25/medium build/black long sleeve shirt/dark baseball cap worn backwards.

#2-male/Black/light complexion/20-24/5’10”-5’11″/thin build/grey hooded sweatshirt/black and white baseball cap.

#3-male/ Hispanic/heavy build/5’10″/red hooded sweatshirt.

#4-male/ Black/6’/black hooded sweatshirt/dark clothing/displayed semi automatic pistol.

If you have any information about this crime or these suspects, please contact the 26 Pct. Detective Squad at 212-678-1318.  If you are the victim of a crime, please report the incident as soon as possible to Columbia Public Safety at 212-854-5555, or dial 911.

 

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25 Comments

  1. bwog

    nice job reporting this before the email that we all got anyways.

    • except  

      that sometimes not everyone who benefit from knowing receives the emails. So thanks bwog. Doesn't it seem like Barnard keeps its students more informed about security alerts than CU in general? I see bulletins in their building for robberies and such that are nowhere to be seen across the street or in email form.

    • James  

      As commenter 2 points out, some students receive different Public Safety alerts, so we post them in case some students have missed them.

  2. why would  

    anyone hang out in riverside after dark? that's like asking for trouble

    • proven wrong  

      Up until now I had often been in Riverside until 9 or 10 on a warm night, because there was always at least 4 or 5 people in the immediate area and I thought it was safe. I guess I should watch out more from now on. I guess it depends on where in the park you are though.

  3. wow  

    there is a public safety post with a public safety officer in it at 116th and riverside drive. why didnt anyone do anything? four people approaching someone, punching them, and then running away seems pretty suspicious even if watched from afar, yet public safety didnt even hear about it until 2 hours later?
    ive yet to see a security alert that actually involves public safety doing something to actually help these victims. there is something seriously wrong with that.

  4. wait-

    the post is at 116th and claremont, so you can't really see down to the bottom corners of the hill clearly.

    • also note  

      it wasn't specified what part of Riverside Park between 115th and 116th these people were in. If it was actually in the park and not at the street level, then security clearly wouldn't be down there to intervene. the only preventative measure here is to do like mommy told you, and not go in the park after dark.

  5. hey

    sorry we were busy clamping down on underage drinking so that we could create a safe community for all including those uncomfortable with such heinous activities

    • seriously?

      not that watching freshmen puke on themselves isn't a "heinous activity", but these underage drinkers don't have cars, nor do they have any sort of brute force (these are columbia kids after all), so inebriated or not they pose about zero threat to the community (outside of really annoying commentary).

      if i had to decide whether my tuition was going to pay for either: (a) keeping my ass from getting kicked and my money taken; or (b) busting up ruggles parties...well...I mean...I think I'd go with (a).

  6. Give Credit

    They weren't stealing bikes thanks to Public Safety.

    Just waving guns and punching people.

  7. hey #10  

    you hear that WHOOOOOSH sound?

  8. Really...  

    How did this happen at 9:00 and they didn't go to public safety until 10:50? Some things just don't make sense.

  9. Racism Racism  

    Troll troll troll

  10. gun control

    doesn't work. everyone should pack heat to defend themselves.

  11. LESSON  

    It's dangerous to be in a park at night. Especially if it has a certain history.

  12. For some reason...  

    ...I don't think that public safety is getting the full story. That isn't to say that this couldn't have happened.

  13. wat  

    THX gais four waiting 1:50 to report the robbery. Not hide and seek you dumb fucks, call the cops immediately after this happens.

    Tips For Clueless People Who Get Mugged

    http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/nyc/845973660.html


    #18 likely correct. CU kids try to slang, get robbed, save face.

  14. i imagine  

    this going down as two students making out in the park after dark and then getting mugged. or maybe underage drinking to get away from public safety in the park after dark and then getting mugged. or maybe smoking weed in the park after dark and then getting mugged for refusing to share the joint. i dunno, the whole thing's just weird.

  15. #19 u r a damn fool  

    They probably refused to share the joint with the muggers, pretty rational suggestion.

    But that Craig's List link that #19 posted is just about the most retarded thing I've ever read. Written by a cop, which would explain why the police department would be unable to do their homework and find out if the kids even were trying to slang and save face, as you so eloquently put it. MAYBE if you smoked some weed yourself you'd relax a little, answer your own questions and not post idiotic rants that nobody wants to hear - and stop jacking off to your own negativity on Bwog, do you get what I'm saying? YOU should have been in the park smoking weed. REAL TALK.

    • Here, here....  

      "...which would explain why the police department would be unable to do their homework and find out if the kids even were trying to slang and save face, as you so eloquently put it."

      If you had any reading comprehension ability you would have realized that according to the information above the 'victims' in question brought it to the attention of public safety, and *then* the NYPD was notified. I would imagine that no matter how effective Public Safety might be, they are not as qualified as a police officer, especially when it comes to determining the validity of victim/eyewitness' description/account.

      Another suggestion: If you are of the persuasion that smoking weed in any public park after dark is a good idea, you need to reconsider your priorities. Sure it may sound like a jolly time, but unless you think you yourself can fend off a mugging, please save everyone the aggravation of having to listen to calls for sympathy when something bad happens.

  16. pubic safety sucks...  

    You think with all of these incidents public safety would be a bit more concerned. But try getting an escort at 4am in the morning. Public safety refuses saying the short distance (to morningside drive from the middle of campus) requires a walking escort and they dont work past 3am. and yet they refuse to use the car. wtf.

  17. wow  

    Leave us alone, Harlem.

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