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Update: 2 students say they were robbed at gunpoint on ETSU campus

April 8th, 2014 1:51 am by Sam Watson

Update: 2 students say they were robbed at gunpoint on ETSU campus

The gazebo between Davis Apartments and Centennial Hall at ETSU (Photos by Lee Talbert/Johnson City Press)

Two East Tennessee State University students reported that they were robbed at gunpoint by two men just after midnight near campus apartment complexes, prompting university officials to issue a campus security alert.

The robbery occurred at the gazebo between Davis Apartments and Centennial Hall. The robbers were described as two black men wearing black and gray sweats with black jackets.

According to a report, James Wolfe, 18, and Caylan Roberts, 18, of Jonesborough, told campus police they were walking on the sidewalk behind Davis Apartments, and as they passed the gazebo, they saw the two men at one of the tables near a basketball court.

One of the men called Wolfe over and asked for $5 and some food. Wolfe took his wallet from his backpack when the same man said, "Cock it." Both robbers took handguns from their pants pockets and pointed them at Wolfe.

The men forced Wolfe to take off his backpack and sit at the table. While one went through his backpack, the other took his wallet containing about $60 in cash.

They then made Wolfe call Roberts over to the table, where they had her empty her pockets as they went through her backpack. Roberts told campus police the men took her smart phone and $12 in cash.

The men left the area between the buildings in the Davis complex.

Campus police received assistance from a Washington County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit in an unsuccessful attempt to track the men.

University officials issued a campus security alert at 1:20 a.m. Such alerts are posted on the university's website and sent to students and employees via campus email and text messages.

Both robbers were described as being 19-24 years old. One was described as 6 feet to 6 feet, 1 inches tall and weighing 170-190 pounds. He was wearing gray sweatpants, a black jacket and a red beanie cap. He was armed with a small, silver revolver.

The other man was described as 6 feet, 4 inches to 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing 220-240 pounds. He was wearing black sweatpants, a black jacket, a black knit cap with red letters and a 2-inch ball on top, He was armed with a small, black semiautomatic handgun.

This morning's armed robbery was the second such incident reported on the campus in a matter of weeks. On March 26, two students told campus police they were robbed at gunpoint near Lamb Hall as they returned to their dorm from a nearby fast food restaurant.

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Earlier report posted at 1:51 a.m. Tuesday:

East Tennessee State University officials issued a campus security alert early this morning following an armed robbery reported near two campus dormitories.

The robbery occurred at the gazebo between Davis Apartments and Centennial Hall. The robbers were described as two black men wearing black and gray sweats with black jackets, according to the alert issued at 1:20 a.m. No further details were listed.

Such alerts are posted on the university's website and sent to students and employees via campus email and text messages.

This morning's armed robbery was the second such incident reported on the campus in a matter of weeks. On March 26, two students told campus police they were robbed at gunpoint near Lamb Hall as they returned to their dorm from a nearby fast food restaurant.

Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for more on this developing story as details become available.

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