Teens rob UD stu­dent

Po­lice be­lieve apart­ment door was left un­locked

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

Sev­eral teenagers robbed and as­saulted a Univer­sity of Delaware stu­dent in­side his down­town apart­ment early Tues­day morn­ing, po­lice said.

The rob­bery hap­pened at ap­prox­i­mately 12:40 a.m. at Main Street Court Apart­ments, lo­cated in the 200 block of Delaware Av­enue, said Sgt. Ger­ald Bryda, a spokesman for the Ne­wark Po­lice Depart­ment.

The vic­tim, 19, told po­lice he was in bed when he heard some­one en­ter the apart­ment but as­sumed it was his room­mate re­turn­ing home.

In­stead, four or five rob­bers came into his room and punched him as he lay in bed. The as­sailants stole an undis­closed amount of money from in­side the apart­ment and punched the vic­tim again in the head be­fore the vic­tim was able to chase them away.

No weapons were dis­played, Br yda said.

The vic­tim suf­fered in­juries to his face and back but de­clined med­i­cal treat­ment.

Three of the sus­pects were de­scribed as high-school aged boys. Two were black and one was His­panic, and all were dressed in dark cloth­ing and dark hats.

Bryda said de­tec­tives are still try­ing to de­ter­mine if the vic­tim was tar­geted or if it was a ran­dom at­tack.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the door to the apart­ment was left un­locked in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the room­mate’s re­turn.

“We’ve no­ticed that on sev­eral oc­ca­sions re­cently,” Bryda said. “When there are mul­ti­ple kids liv­ing to­gether, there’s a ten­dency to leave the door un­locked for oth­ers.”

He re­minded res­i­dents to al­ways keep their doors and win­dows locked.

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