By Tiffany Chan

Durham, N.H. (CBS) – University of New Hampshire students are on alert after an attempted robbery on campus.

Police say a man approached a female student near the walking trails behind the Memorial Union Building at around 10:15 p.m. Friday. The suspect demanded that the victim empty her pockets and hand over her wallet, taking only her I.D.

The student was able to scare off the suspect after pulling out a knife.

unh attempted robbery Police Step Up Patrols At UNH After Attempted Robbery On Campus

Police are stepping up patrols at the University of New Hampshire after an attempted robbery on campus. (WBZ-TV)

“I would just run away. If he’s on me, I’ll have to fight back – even unarmed,” said student Althea Ansah.

The suspect dropped the woman’s I.D. and ran away. UNH Police are searching for the suspect, described as a tall white man with a thin build who was wearing glasses and a dark sweatshirt at the time.

Students told WBZ-TV they’re keeping a closer eye on their surroundings.

“Honestly, I was in the gym today and I was thinking any of these guys could’ve been the guy,” said Ryan Donaway.

The attempted robbery happened near a wooded walking trail that sees heavy foot traffic. One UNH student says she’s taking extra safety precautions, especially late at night.

“I have a lot of night classes that end around 9 and I go through the area where it happened, so it makes me want to stick closer to the path or walk with a group of people. I don’t know what could be out there,” said Anupreet Saini.

UNH Police have stepped up patrols in the area and are providing safety escorts for students who feel unsafe.


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