Wake Forest students robbed at gunpoint next to campus
November 6, 2008
A man armed with a handgun robbed two male Wake Forest University students early Nov. 6 as they were jogging on the paved path that leads from the university’s Reynolda Campus to Reynolda Village. The students were not injured.
The robbery occurred at 6:40 a.m. The students immediately contacted University Police by using an emergency callbox on the path.
Within minutes, University Police responded to the robbery report and quickly began searching the Reynolda estate and Wake Forest campus areas. The Winston-Salem Police Department assisted immediately, bringing in officers and a tracking dog. For a period of time, the path was closed as officers searched it and nearby woods. The officers did not find the robber.
Wake Forest and Winston-Salem police are continuing to investigate the robbery.
The students told University Police that the armed man emerged from woods along the path and demanded that they stop running. He held his handgun on the students as he searched them briefly for money. The students did not have money, and the robber quickly ran back into the woods.
The students told police that the robber is a black male, about 5 feet 10 to 11 inches tall, 170 to 180 pounds, wearing dark clothes, a hooded sweatshirt, gloves and a ski mask.
By 8 a.m., the Wake Forest University News Service distributed an e-mail to students, faculty and staff alerting them to the robbery. Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch planned to send a letter to students, faculty and staff in the afternoon concerning this robbery and others that have occurred recently on and near the university’s Reynolda Campus.
Last week, one robbery occurred on campus and two others occurred nearby. No injuries occurred. In each instance, a black man wearing black clothing and armed with a handgun committed the robbery. No arrests have been made in those cases, which are being investigated.
A female Wake Forest student was robbed at 8:45 p.m. Oct. 30 in Parking Lot R2, near Polo Residence Hall. The student was approached by a man armed with a handgun as she was getting out of her car. The robber forced her to drive him to ATM machines in Winston-Salem before he got out of the car in the Kimberly Park area, near downtown.
Another female Wake Forest student was robbed at 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at Deacon Ridge, a housing complex just north of campus on University Parkway. The woman was in her car in a Deacon Ridge parking lot when a man armed with a handgun approached her and robbed her before fleeing.
A man on Brookwood Drive, off Polo Road, was robbed by a man with a handgun at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 27. The victim, who is not associated with Wake Forest, was robbed after he got out of his car and began walking toward his home.
Anyone with information that might assist in the investigation of the robberies is encouraged to call University Police or the Winston-Salem Police Department. A call can be made anonymously to University Police Crime Stoppers at 758-4477 or Winston-Salem Crimestoppers at 727-2800. University Police can be called directly at 911 (from a campus phone extension) or at 758-5911 (from off-campus or by cell phone).
Note: On Nov. 11, Wake Forest distributed a news release announcing that Wake Forest police had determined that a robbery reported Nov. 6 by two male Wake Forest students did not occur. The incident never happened, according to Wake Forest police.