Crime Alert: Student and companion report abduction, robbery

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 22:

The Wake Forest University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department are investigating the brief abduction and the robbery of a male Wake Forest law student and a female friend that occurred at 8:20 p.m. tonight, Oct. 22, at a Polo Road residence owned by the University.  The man and woman were not injured, were promptly freed by the robber and reported the incident to police at 8:51 p.m.

The victims told police that they had arrived at the Polo Road residence, located close to campus, when a man armed with a pistol got into the car and demanded he be taken to an ATM machine.  They drove the man to a Coliseum Drive ATM machine where both victims obtained money and gave it to the man.

He then had them take him to the intersection of 25th and Thurmond streets, where he got out of the car.

The victims then contacted the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding these incidents contact the Wake Forest Police Department at336-758-5911 or the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

The University and Winston-Salem police are patrolling the area closely and looking for the suspect.

Wake Forest has an onCall late-night van service available for students, faculty and staff who prefer catching a ride with the van instead of walking on and near campus.

Wake Forest’s Parking and Transportation, which runs the University’s shuttle service, offers the onCall service nightly from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. during fall and spring semesters. It is intended entirely for students, faculty and staff. There is no charge to ride.

To get a ride, call 336-283-1091.

Service areas include the Reynolda Campus, the University Corporate Center freshman parking lot, sophomore parking area (Lot Z2), Deacon Station and surrounding campus neighborhoods located on or near Polo Road, Brookwood Drive, Howell Street, University Parkway and Long Drive.

For more information about the onCall service and other transportation options, visit

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