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Posted on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 10:42 a.m.

University of Michigan student robbed of wallet and iPhone at knifepoint Monday

By John Counts

A University of Michigan student was robbed by a man with a knife around 11:30 p.m. Monday near Roosevelt and South Forest avenues, police said.

The U-M Police Department issued a crime alert Tuesday that said the student reported the incident to the Ann Arbor Police Department because the incident occurred off-campus.

The student told police he was approached by an unknown man wielding a knife who then robbed the student of a wallet with cash and an iPhone. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction.

The victim was not injured.

The suspect is described as a man of unknown race, about 6 foot tall with a slender build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information should contact the University of Michigan Police Department at (734) 763-1131 or the Ann Arbor Police Department Tip Line at (734)794-6939 or

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Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 11:28 a.m. Install that on your iPhone, then log into your Apple account on and click the Find My iPhone icon. If you're lucky the police will go pick up the thief and if you're really lucky the judge or jury will actually lock him up. Android users can install Plan B even after their device has been stolen, an option not available on the iPhone. A smart thief can defeat this but there aren't many of those.


Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 6:17 p.m.

Wouldn't shutting the phone off defeat it?


Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 10:09 p.m.

Those darn iPhones, man... They're addictive, aren't they? ...but also one of the dumbest things to steal, hence the free GPS tracking app you can install for situations such as this... Let's just hope the guy did...


Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 6:31 p.m.

In the public interest: the first thing that should be asked of this victim (and any like him) is how they now feel about reasonable self defense measures. Reasonable: even having a small air horn to blow would have helped avoid being robbed. Even a laser pointer would have defeated the knife wielder. Heck, I've seen U of M students "firing" their laser pointers at passers by just to harass and fright them. If they can do that much as "play" - think what one could do by using a laser pointer seriously (aimed that the eyes of the assailant).


Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 6:31 p.m.

@Brad & Elouise: Never said what I'd do - and never suggested these instruments MUST be used - but proposed ONLY they are a reasonable alternative to being DEFENSELESS. So what are our points? Interesting that any suggestions that someone might be interested in any self defense measure draw negative comments & ratings. So I guess it's wrong to suggest self defense measures are positive values. I guess people enjoy not thinking about self defense in a positive way at all. Sorry to have disturbed anyone's sleep. :-)


Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 10:07 p.m.

I vote for pepper spray over a laser pointer... Much easier and much more effective...


Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 9:50 p.m.

Bring a laser pointer to a knife fight? Make sure you think that through before trying it.


Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 6:27 p.m.

Wow that is an extraordinarily callous statement! I suppose the victim of this crime had a better comprehension that armed assailants that threaten your life for some things may just be offended if they see you tracking their escape. Perhaps an assailant might be incensed that having done you the favor of sparing your life that you appear to be trying to deprive him of his freedom. Or maybe he just told the victim to not look, perhaps the victim was told to lay face down on the ground, perhaps many things. Your star gazing speculation sure seems to blame the victim for something though.


Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 4:12 p.m.

Fled in an unknown direction? Was the victim star-gazing?


Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 12:41 a.m.

When someone attempted to rob me at knifepoint, I didn't bother to watch where they were going, just that I was getting away from them fast.