Student assaulted off campus, cell phone taken

October 15, 2010


A Duke student was assaulted off campus Thursday night by a man who took his cell phone.

John Dailey, chief of Duke Police, said the graduate student was walking on South LaSalle Street between Campus Walk Avenue and Erwin Road around 9 p.m. when he was approached by an unknown man who demanded a backpack, punched him and took only his cell phone. The student did not require medical attention, police said.

The suspect ran toward Bradford Ridge apartments on South LaSalle Street. He is described as a black male, 5-feet-8, in his 20s with a clean-shaven beard. He was wearing a red and white hooded pullover.

Thursday’s incident is the second robbery this week involving a Duke student in the area of LaSalle Street. On Wednesday morning, a student reporting having her backpack taken by force. She was not injured the incident.

Dailey said university officials will meet Friday afternoon to coordinate safety measures and resources available to students in the area of the incidents.

The incidents are being investigated by the city of Durham police department. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Durham Police at (919) 560-4427; Duke Police at (919) 684-2444, or Durham CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases. Callers may remain anonymous.