Robberies on the rise around several downtown campuses

ATLANTA -- Police are searching for suspects in a string of armed robberies near two downtown Atlanta college campuses.

Tuesday morning, within 10 minutes of each other, two victims were robbed by a man who simply walked up to them, pulled out a gun and demanded everything they had.

The first happened near Martin Luther King Drive SW and Paschal St. SW near Morehouse College. The second occurred at 7:55AM around the corner at 881 T.P. Burruss Drive SW.

The robber in the first incident took the victim's iPod and Mac Book Pro, but he says he let him keep his iPhone.

Last week near Georgia Technical College, it wasn't one, but three suspects that robbed students, and the description given to police still has them talking.

"12 to 13… is that right? 12 to 13 years old?" questioned Opinna Onyeija.

Georgia Tech police say two adults, armed with handguns, drove up in a white mini van, demanding the student's wallets, jewelry, anything of value. Victim's say there appeared to be a young teenage boy.

"We're both seniors at Georgia tech and that one probably surprised me more than any one that I've ever seen because of the age of the child involved," said Camilla Dartmell who was walking with a classmate.

According to a campus alert, the first robbery happened on Ferst Drive near Cherry Street. The second robbery took place at 10th and Hemphill Avenue.

Onyeija says its common to hear about crime along 10th Street since it borders the city's jurisdictionsits, but he was surprised the crooks were willing to come deeper into the campus.

"It seems like it's a bit more bold for them, maybe they don't know how much risk they're taking because of how quickly they can get police help over here," said Onyeija.

According to Georgia Tech's crime stats there were four robberies between January and July last year. There have been seven reported this year.

Throughout the city of Atlanta, robberies are up 6% in Zone 5 where Georgia Technical College is located. They are up nearly 23% in Zone 1, where Morehouse College sits.

Georgia Tech police say the mini van used in those robberies has been located, but no arrests have been made.


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