WASHINGTON — University of Maryland campus police are scouring the College Park area after receiving three reports of robberies Tuesday night.
Police say the first robbery occurred in front of Tydings Hall; the second, in front of Tawes Hall, the third outside Queen Anne’s Hall.
Police say they are unsure whether the same person was involved in these robberies.
In the first incident, police say the suspect was wearing a black mask, black clothing and white shoes and implied that they had a weapon. The suspect in the second incident was reported to be wearing a black mask and black clothing, and was armed with a black handgun.
Police say in the third robbery, the suspect showed a weapon.
Campus police are warning people to stay from these areas while authorities investigate and search for the suspect or suspects.
Our officers searched the area but did not locate the suspect. No further info at this time. Pls monitor social media for any updates.
— UMD Police Dept. (@UMPD) July 13, 2016
“I got the alerts on my phone and of course I was scared and nervous,” said Hannah Phillips, an employee on campus. “This stuff doesn’t happen often.”
“It’s scary,” said Ryan Hearty, a student taking a summer course. “I guess it’s something that every college campus has to watch out for. I’ll probably just be a little more aware.”
WTOP’s Liz Anderson contributed to this report.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been changed to reflect that there were three reported robberies. Police had previously reported four robberies.