Students at Stony Brook University remain on edge after an early morning attempted armed robbery Tuesday followed an eerily similar incident that occurred just more than 24 hours before, State University Police said.
The second incident – which police are probing as part of an attempted robbery investigation – occurred at 12:50 a.m. on Sept. 2. Both incidents occurred at the exact same location along a bike path near the college’s athletic fields on Circle Road.
In the Tuesday robbery attempt, police said three male residential students were walking to a nearby dorm when they were approached by two other men. One of the assailants reportedly produced “what [the victims] described to be an ‘airsoft pistol’ and demanded money from them,” university officials said in a campus alert.
The victims reportedly told the assailants that they had no property and the suspects fled on foot in an unknown direction. Police said the two men were wearing ski masks.
Police provided the following description of the suspects: “The first suspect is described as a Caucasian Male, approximately 5'10"-6'0", light complexion with light colored eyes, 18-21 years of age. The second suspect is described as a Caucasian Male, approximately 6'1"-6'3", 18-21 years of age, wearing goggles that appeared to have a camera affixed to them.”
The early morning robbery attempt bares a striking resemblance to a knifepoint robbery that occurred Sunday night at the same location on campus. In that incident, police said another male student was robbed of his wallet and cellphone at knifepoint by a group of men.
In an emergency alert released later Tuesday morning, police said they canvased the area and performed “a full search of the campus.” No arrests have been made and police are continuing to investigate.
Campus officials continue to urge students that there is no danger to the campus community. No injuries were reported in either incident.
Cops said they have no further description of the suspects. No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call University Police at 631-632-3333.