Harvard University Issues Alert Over Student Robbed At Knifepoint

By Beth Germano, WBZ-TV

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – A 24-year-old male graduate student was robbed at knifepoint near the Harvard University campus, prompting a community advisory to be issued.

The crime occurred outside of 16 Prescott Street as the student was walking home about 11:00 p.m.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports

Two males in their twenties stopped the victim, taking his backpack containing a laptop, cell phone, Mac charger, eyeglasses, sunglasses and a wallet with $150 dollars cash.

“It is getting closer to campus, things have been happening within the yard,” said freshman Sidney Helmer.

Student Jessica Wolff said the alert felt like deja vu since there was a series of robberies near the campus last fall, though police made an arrest. She says students carrying their electronics across campus are vulnerable.

“They’re targeting students around main buildings, students entering and exiting. They know they can catch them as they have their equipment with them,” she said.

According to police, the student did the right thing by not resisting when he was threatened by two males in their 20’s. One suspect rummaged through the victim’s backpack while the other suspect asked whether the victim had anything else on him.

“It boils down to hand over what you have, and they let you go, hopefully,” said student Dustin Brode.

Some students say as crime alerts have gone out this year, they’re scaling back on what they carry as a safety measure.

“If I’m coming home after dark I leave the iPhone at home, wallet at home, take about 20 dollars with me in case I need some money,” said Harvard employee Peter Coles. Police say the student was uninjured during the robbery.

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  • Zach

    Our students down here at Mass College of Pharmacy, Wentworth, Northeastern are getting robbed at gunpoint in excess of a dozen times a month in Mission hill/fenway area but this doesn’t seem to be newsworthy either. But another mark Zukerburg gets robbed and it’s front page wbz lol. But on a serious note all
    area schools need to be putting rising tuition money into protecting not only campuses but areas in the immediate vicinity.

    • Greg

      Well said Zach. As a former NU student in the late 80s I remember being robbed @ knife point as well as dealing with the terrible stabbing on Columbus.that resulted in a fellow students death The neighborhoods have improved, but there is still that element almost everywhere in this city. School should be doing more with free shuttle services, especially given today’s tuition. The only way this will happen is through the students.banding together and demanding it.

  • eddwal50

    so why did this make the news other college students get robed but because they are not harvard students it does not make the news

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