Two Cal Poly Pomona Students Robbed

The robbery Sunday night took place on a walkway near South Campus Drive and Temple Avenue.

Cal Poly Pomona University Police are investigating the robbery of two students Sunday night on a walkway near South Campus Drive and Temple Avenue.

At around 9:30 p.m., a man walked passed the students on the walkway near Parking Lot B then came back to confront them and demand their belongings, according to the university's website.

The suspect lifted his shirt and flashed what the students believed was the handle of a gun tucked in his waistband.  The students gave the robber a purse, wallet, laptop computer, and other personal items, and the suspect fled, the university reported.

The two victims called University Police, who arrived two minutes after the robbery. The Pomona Police Department, who was also alerted, set up a perimeter around the area and called in a helicopter to search for the suspect.

A suspect briefly detained at the Residential Suites was released after the victims said he was not the one who robbed them. The search was called off after 45 minutes. 

Lt. Bruce Wilson said in the university website story that the suspect might have boarded a transit bus.

 The victims described the robber as a male in his 20s with a thin build. He was wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt and jean shorts.

Anyone with information about a possible suspect is encouraged to call University Police at (909) 869-3070. Anonymous tips may be left at (909) 869-3399. Officers will continue to provide extra patrol near the housing areas on the south end of campus throughout Monday.

“This is a low-crime community, but we take each and every crime very seriously – especially those that involve a weapon,” Wilson said. “We encourage anyone who sees suspicious activity to call us immediately.”

In 2011, two robberies were reported on campus, the most recent year in which full statistics are available.  In the spring, two robberies happened on camps within a week in the southwest end of campus.  In both of those incidences, the assailant or assailants robbed the victims of their cell phones. The description of the perpetrator or perpetrators in those robberies does not match Sunday's assailant.

--Cal Poly Pomona

Vito Spago October 22, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Do they allow guns on campus? Notice how the bad guy has the gun and the innocents do not. Maybe they should allow guns on campus. Seems to make no difference what the sign says to the bad guy.
Michael October 23, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Liberals are only pro-death penalty of innocent people, of course they don't allow guns on campus. If you are killed by a criminal that's okay; but they will spend millions of taxpayer's dollars to make sure your killer stays alive and gets a free sex-change operation if he/she wants one. Welcome to Kalifornia where guns are for criminals, not for citizens. People keep voting for Democrats in CA.
Serafin B October 23, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I know we're supposed to be PC nowadays, but stating the race of the suspect might help. "A male in his 20s with a thin build" is barely a description.
John October 24, 2012 at 02:38 AM
robbery is a serious crime, however, to argue that arming students on college campuses is a wise proposition to deal with this serious issue, is stricty an NRA-pro gun talking-head argument. It implies that wanna-be cop rejects like zimmermam, the types that would arm themselves, should be allowed to pose as marks if they wish and kill at-will. I would rather be protected from these types in a society that doesnt allow any yeah-who with a sub-100 IQ to possess a firearm on campus
joebanana October 24, 2012 at 04:14 PM
It couldn't be any worse than arming police. The number of unarmed citizens killed by police is a bigger problem than criminals killing unarmed civilians. Maybe arming cops with sub-100 IQ's is the problem.


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