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Posted on Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 5:53 p.m.

U-M student reports unarmed robbery on East University

By Julie Baker

A University of Michigan student was walking north on East University today around 1 p.m. when she was approached by a male who was panhandling. The man grabbed her arm and demanded more money, according to a university crime alert.

The incident took place on East University at Willard, across from the School of Education building.

The suspect, as described by witnesses, is a black male with medium complexion, in his late 20s to early 30s, 5'9" to 6', with an average build, close-cut hair and no facial hair, wearing light-colored sunglasses and a light-weight plaid shirt or jacket, according to the alert.

No further information was immediately available.

If you have information, contact the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety at (734) 763-1131.


Thomas Jones

Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 1:57 p.m.

If she would have had a GUN this would be a different story. I hope that she will be ok. Being mugged takes a mental toll on a person. I have been told that CPL (Concealed Pistol License) training or Self Defense training helps the recovery.


Fri, Dec 16, 2011 : 2:43 a.m.

Being armed is not an easy fix. Someone who uses deadly force when her life is not in danger is at risk of prosecution. Michigan prosecutors do not like people who defend themselves.


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 1:45 a.m.

No kidding. It worked on Black Friday at the Wal Mart's. That lady who pepper sprayed her competition didn't even get charged with anything.


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 2:12 p.m.

Why everyone doesn't carry pepper spray and have it ready especially in and near the criminal empowerment zones is beyond me. A facefull of pepper spray can really punctuate 'NO, LEAVE ME ALONE!'


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 4:25 a.m.

I just wanted to say good job with the description! You should read the EMU police notifications when someone is robbed or beaten on campus.... "african american male, 5'7 - 5'9, 165lbs, wearing a puffy coat". LOL


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 1:07 a.m.

I would think that this area is heavily populated at that time. There must be some witnesses. Should have been some heroes.


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 12:42 a.m.

Description of the perp sounds a lot like the Crotch-Grabber as well as the Face-Puncher. Could this be the same guy or do we have an invasion of criminal clones?