Security Alert: February 14, 2011

11:35 a.m., Monday, February 14—On Ellis Avenue between 61st and 62nd Street—A University student walking south on Ellis was approached from behind by an unknown male armed with a handgun. The suspect demanded a messenger style bag the victim was carrying. The victim handed the bag to the offender and was directed to continue walking south on Ellis. The victim complied and the offender ran north. The victim was not injured.

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