Alert sent after armed robbery near IUPUI campus

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Police at scene on Jan. 13, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 13, 2016) — An attempted armed robbery near the campus of IUPUI prompted an alert Wednesday evening.

Dispatchers said an armed robbery with injuries had occurred. An alert from the school said it happened near 745 Lockefield St., just north of campus. Students were advised to stay away from the area and find a safe place if they’re nearby.

According to Indianapolis Metropolitan police, preliminary information showed the robbery may have involved a plastic gun. There were two victims, police said; one of the victims suffered an injury to the nose during a struggle with the suspect. They got a knock at the door and looked out the peep hole. They didn’t know who it was at the door but opened it anyway.

The suspect rushed into the apartment and said he was looking for their cell phones. One victim realized the gun wasn’t real, and that’s when the altercation began.

Both victims were 21-year-old students. IMPD said the case was being investigated as an attempted armed robbery because the suspect didn’t get away with any stolen property.

Just before 6 p.m., IUPUI said police completed their search and didn’t find a suspect. The campus was set to return to normal operations.

Last month, there were several off-campus robberies reported near IUPUI. Police stepped up patrols in the wake of those crimes. No arrests were made in those cases. Police say it’s too early at this time to make any connection to the previous robberies.

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