HOUSTON – Six University of Houston students reported being robbed at gunpoint in one of the school’s dorms, campus police said early Friday.
According to the University of Houston Police Department, the robbery was reported around 2:12 a.m. in the basement area of the Law Residence Hall.
The victims told police three male suspects took cell phones and wallets and then left through the emergency exit door in an unknown direction. No injuries were reported.
Two of the suspects wore red hooded jackets, the victims said. The first one was described as a black male, approximately 5’8” to 5’10" in height, medium build, medium skin tone, 18-22 years of age, wearing baggy gray sweatpants. The second was said to be a black male, approximately 6’0" to 6'2" in height, Heavy build, medium skin tone, 18-22 years of age, with a “beanie cap” and baggy pants.
The third suspect was a black male, but a detailed description of the individual was not provided.
Police said the men had a small frame silver revolver and a medium frame black semi-automatic handgun.
At this point they’re still out there, and students here are on guard.
“Um, yeah, yeah you worry. cause you know you hear about it all the time. it happens and you just hope it doesn’t happen to you,” student Rigo Hernandez said.
“I mean on campus I do feel safe, but and since it’s been more alerts lately, yeah, it’s starting to become a little scary,” Reah Kelly, a student, said.
According to the school's security alerts website, there have been 13 robberies on campus in the last year along with two more near campus and one armored car heist.
University of Houston President Renu Khator added seven new campus security officers earlier this month and said 30 more were coming over the next three months.
The police department has again encouraged staff and students to be alert and to be cautious of their surroundings on and away from campus.
In any emergency situation or if you see suspicious activity, call 911. For more information on staying safe and preventing crime, visit the website of the University of Houston Department of Public Safety at www.uh.edu/police.
The UH police chief sent out the following notice to the campus community:
I recognize the concern being expressed by our students, their parents and the entire campus community surrounding the robbery this morning at Law Hall and other recent crimes on campus.
I want to reassure our campus— and especially our students— that we are working diligently to close this case. The investigation is ongoing. We have determined that the suspects gained entry into Law Residence Hall through an individual who used a personal access card to let the suspects in. This was a security breach and a violation of established protocol. We are vigorously following all leads in pursuit of the suspects.
As part of an overall strategic plan, I am currently recruiting an additional 40 security officers to add to our force of approximately 50 police officers and 70 security officers. We hope to add at least 10 security officers a month until those positions are filled. In addition, we have more than 1,200 cameras monitoring campus 24-7.
I am asking the campus community to do its part in keeping our residence halls and buildings safe. Do not let unknown people follow you into the residential halls or secure buildings without using their access card. While it may be uncomfortable not to hold a door open for another person, the security system and card access systems work best when this practice is followed.
We understand your concerns and hope you will partner with us to make UH as safe and secure as possible.