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Posted on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 10:34 a.m.

Student reports armed robbery at Eastern Michigan University apartments

By Kody Klein

An Eastern Michigan University student and his four visitors were robbed as they were leaving the student's apartment early Friday morning in the university's Westview complex, police said.

EMU police said two men approached the student and his guests as they were leaving the apartment about 1:30 a.m.. The men implied they had a weapon and then took jewelry, cell phones, and clothing items from the victims, police said.


Westview apartments

EMU photo

EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes said "statements that some of the guests made" have led police to consider one of the student's visitors a suspect.

"We have some indicators that one of the guests may have been part of the setup of this robbery," Heighes said. "We don't believe this was a random act."

No weapon was shown and no one was reported injured.

The robbers fled in an unknown direction. EMU and Ypsilanti police searched the area but were unable to locate them.

The victims said one of the robbers was a black man with a light complexion about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. A second suspect was described as a black man with a dark complexion about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing dark clothing, including a hooded sweatshirt and a knit cap.

Police provided no description of the visitor who is considered a suspect.

Westview Apartments is located next to Rynearson Stadium on the west side of campus.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call EMU police at 734-487-1222.

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Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 4:13 p.m.

This story has to be bogus.......EMU considers its campus a gun free zone.


Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 6:44 a.m.

They took CLOTHES as well? Were they wearing Gucci?


Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 1:41 a.m.

Not sure if it still is but these used to be married housing. Intended for graduate or older students and possibly with children. Not like a college dorm or even many of the off campus young student populations. Not implying this means anything. Just trying to point out that it is not normally the location for "college parties" like you might be thinking.


Sun, Jan 20, 2013 : 12:13 a.m.

Key word in there is "used to be." The last year I lived there, 2009 I believe, in order to boost tenancy they "leased" a bunch of the apartments to the football team. I moved out as soon as my lease was up and moved off campus. Less parties and college drama.


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 7:50 p.m.

"EMU police said two men approached the student and his guests as they were leaving the apartment about 1:30 a.m." ""statements that some of the guests made" have led police to consider one of the student's visitors a suspect."" Hard to sort through this: Guests = victims? Visitors = suspects? So, in plain English, they had a party until 1:30 on a school night and some people from the party came back and robbed the place? Are the suspects known to the attendees? The phrasing "led police to believe" sort of implies that the victims are not fully cooperative or holding back a bit? Odd stuff.


Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

"Hard to sort through this:" -- that's getting to be a more and more common reader comment. It's like an episode of the Twilight Zone, where everything gets harder and harder to understand. ;-)


Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 1:09 a.m.

I think it goes like this....."Hey, Pistol Pete, I'm going to a party tonight. I'll text you and let you know where. I'll text you later and let you know when you should come rob us as we're leaving. Let's split it 50/50. Sincerely, Tiny" There was a similar incident a while back at EMU with an armed robbery, and it involved a dice game with a lot of money. It was also a setup. It's not that difficult to understand.


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 8:51 p.m.

To be fair, Thursdays are not "school nights" for most college students anymore.


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 7:48 p.m.

I don't remember if they have a 'name' for this in Detroit. but it happens ALL the time. for example, someone will be visiting a friend from a different neighborhood, some kid asks the guy being visited, "do you know him" if the answer is anything other than an emphatic 'yes' then 9 times out of 10 that means he will be robbed and or killed the next time they see that person.


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 5:51 p.m.

This definitely sounds like a set up. Lesson learned to the victims. Dont hang around people you do not know that well or people you cannot trust.


Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 6:06 a.m.

Don't let 'em mess with ya, Don. Your only 'mistake' was to make a common sense statement. Of course, many people believe that they can mix randomly with anyone and not come up a loser when the occasional crook happens to be near enough to see them as a volunteer victim. I'd put it differently though (e.g. "Trust is not owed until trustworthiness is proven.")


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 8:51 p.m.

So you're saying people who go to college should never talk to strangers? That will give them marketable people skills for their future.


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 7:40 p.m.

Im not saying that but it could have been prevented. Didnt your mom teach you not to talk to strangers!


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 7:08 p.m.

So its the victims fault ?