Gunpoint Robbery in Riverside

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In the first Security Alert about a robbery in just over a month, a Columbia “affiliate” was robbed while “walking along the foot path on the lower level of Riverside Park adjacent near W. 116th Street.” Two males–one wearing a mask, the other described as Hispanic–approached the affiliate; the male with a mask brandished a handgun and demanded property while the other acted as a lookout. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. Full email below a more recent Public Safety alert after the jump.

UPDATE (Wed 1:31pm): The second Public Safety email in as many days has hit your Inbox. Another robbery was committed on Halloween night around 9:30pm at 114th and Morningside, though without use of a weapon. No injuries reported. Full email appears first after the jump.

Columbia University

Department of Public Safety



On October 31, 2009, at about 9:30 p.m. a student was robbed as he

walked on Morningside Ave. near W. 114 St.  The victim was approached

from behind by two males who knocked him to the ground and removed his

wallet and I-Phone. The pair fled on foot, before the victim could get

a good description of the suspects.

When traveling through the neighborhood, remember to stay aware of

your surroundings, limit your use of cell phones while walking, and

keep your electronic devices concealed, when possible.

Please remember to utilize the Columbia University Shuttle Service.

Information about this service, and others offered by Columbia

University Public Safety can be found on our website:

If you have any information about this crime, please contact the undersigned.

Ken Finnegan

Director, Investigations and Technology Projects

November 2, 2009





On November 2, 2009 at about 6:00 pm, a Columbia University affiliate was the victim of a gun point robbery while he was walking along the foot path on the lower level of Riverside Park adjacent near W. 116th Street. Two males approached the affiliate when he was talking on his cell phone, suspect # 1, brandished a handgun demanding his property; suspect # 2 was acting as a lookout during incident. Both fled south after the incident. Complainant reported no injuries.

Description of Suspects:

Suspect # 1: Male / wearing a black mask / grey hoody / approximately 5?8? tall.

Suspect # 2: Male Hispanic / Approximately (17) / light complexion / short hair / dark top / blue jeans / with a pronounced hooknose / approximately 5?8? tall.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact Detective Lugo, 26th Precinct Detective Squad at 212-678-1351 or the undersigned. Please remember when traveling, be cognizant of your surroundings, trust your instincts, and immediately report any incidents or crimes to Public Safety at 212-854-5555, or the Police at 911.

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  1. 6pm??  

    practically broad daylight

  2. nah  

    it was dark today at 6pm...

  3. It's getting darker  


    It's kinda depressing. Hopefully I won't get SAD. (unintentional pun)

  4. Well,

    It's actually at least the second time this fall that I recall hearing about a robbery occurring at Riverside park around 6pm, if not the third. The police department should take note of the pattern.

  5. Paranoid bourgeois  

    Incidents like these just make one pray for gentrification to kick in faster.

  6. Meanwhile at NYU  

    Olivia is still dating Dan?

  7. Meanwhile on 110th

    can anyone help me find Harmony?

  8. yeah i wonder what

    AJ Pascua thinks bout this considering he thinks harlem is scary

    • who the...  

      WHAT are you doing here, still going on with these comments?

      I really wonder who you are, just so I could spot you around campus and just know how pathetic you are and how you waste your time. I really do.

      something is fucking wrong with you.

  9. Meanwhile on 116th  

    The subway dropped me off in this unfamiliar neighborhood! I don't see Columbia anywhere! All I see are black people!

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