Updated information regarding off-campus robbery

This information was distributed by e-mail to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 9:

The Winston-Salem Police Department is continuing to investigate the armed robbery of four male Wake Forest students at their off-campus residence on Long Drive, across University Parkway from campus. The robbery occurred around 10 a.m. today at a house leased by the students. The University Police Department is assisting with the investigation and increasing patrols of the campus.

Meanwhile, the University is taking several steps to respond to the incident, including directly offering assistance and resources to the affected students.

Last week, Residence Life and Housing met with students living off campus to emphasize the risk associated with living off campus and ways to stay safe. In light of today’s events, a message reiterating those safety tips is being sent to students living off campus. In that message, students are encouraged to download the University’s LiveSafe app.  LiveSafe is a personal mobile application for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff.  With LiveSafe, an individual can use their mobile device for direct access to police, 911 emergency services, and more.  It also features a SafeWalk tool.

In today’s incident two black men wearing all-black clothing with bandanas covering their faces forced their way into the house.  The suspects pointed handguns at the students and one shot was fired in the house.  No one was injured in the shooting.  One suspect hit one of the students in the head with a baton, but the student did not request medical attention.

The suspects demanded cash and valuables and took items from the students.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

Timely warning notices are required to contain information that may help others avoid becoming the victim of a similar crime. For information that promotes safety and aids in the prevention of similar incidents, visit: http://wakeready.wfu.edu/crime-prevention-and-safety-tips/.

This information is provided in compliance with federal statute 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f) The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, better known as the Clery Act.

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