Teens rob UD student
Police believe apartment door was left unlocked
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.