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Wake Forest University determines two male students were not robbed last week


November 11, 2008

An investigation by the Wake Forest University Police Department has determined that an armed robbery reported Nov. 6 by two male Wake Forest students did not occur.

The students told Wake Forest police that they were robbed at 6:40 a.m. Nov. 6 as they ran on a paved path that leads from the university’s Reynolda Campus to Reynolda Village.  The students said a man armed with a handgun came out of the woods and demanded money from them. 

Wake Forest police informed university officials and the Winston-Salem Police Department this week that their investigation found that the incident never happened. 

The matter has been referred to the university’s Office of the Dean of Students for appropriate action.

Investigations by the Wake Forest and Winston-Salem police departments are continuing into armed robberies that occurred near and on Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus in late October.  No arrests have been made.  New security measures put into place by Wake Forest remain intact.

Wake Forest students were robbed in two October robberies.  No injuries occurred.

The first robbery occurred at 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at Deacon Ridge, a housing complex just north of campus on University Parkway.  A female Wake Forest student was in her car in a Deacon Ridge parking lot when a man armed with a handgun approached her and robbed her before fleeing.

The second robbery occurred at 8:45 p.m. Oct. 30 on campus.  A female Wake Forest student was getting out of her car near Polo Residence Hall, on the northern edge of campus, when a man armed with a handgun approached her.  He forced her to drive him in her car to ATM machines in Winston-Salem before he got out of her car in the Kimberly Park area, near downtown Winston-Salem.

Wake Forest and Winston-Salem police are sharing information on the robberies and working together on the investigation into them.

Last week, Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch announced enhanced security measures that went into effect on Nov. 6, supplementing increased police patrols already in place.  Those measures are continuing.

The measures include:

  • Enhanced Wake Forest police patrols to the perimeter of North campus and additional patrols to cover Reynolda Village and the path leading from the campus to Reynolda Village.
  • New hours of operation for the university’s Reynolda Road and University Parkway gatehouses.  The gatehouses are staffed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Previously, they were staffed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.  The Polo Road entrance is closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Previously, it was closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Increased patrols of neighborhoods adjacent to Wake Forest by Winston-Salem police.

Wake Forest officials continue to encourage its students, staff and faculty to be cautious.  In his letter to the Wake Forest community, Hatch wrote that “no security measures can take the place of your remaining alert to potentially dangerous situations, taking reasonable precautions and immediately reporting any suspicious situations or persons” to the Wake Forest police or the Winston-Salem police.

Press Contacts:

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237


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