An attempted armed robbery on North Campus spurred University Police to issue a public safety notice Friday morning.
The attempted robbery occurred on West 18th Avenue between McPherson and Smith Laboratories around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
A female student was approached by three males, one of whom pointed a gun at her and another who stepped behind her to put his hand over her mouth and pat her down. The robbery was interrupted and the three men ran northbound away from campus, according to the public safety notice.
All three men were described as black males with braided hair, two of whom were about 5 feet 8 inches tall and the other who was about 5 feet 4 inches.
The first man, according to the public safety notice, was described as wearing an unknown color T-shirt and weighing between 150 to 170 pounds. The second was described as wearing a dark blue hoodie with piercings in his left nostril and left ear connected by a chain, weighing about 180 pounds. The third man, who was armed and pointed a gun at the victim, is described as wearing a long yellow shirt and weighing between 150 to 170 pounds.
University Police Chief Paul Denton said University Police searched aggressively through most of the night Thursday, and no new information on the suspects or robbery is available as of Friday.
Denton said public safety alerts detailing campus crimes aren’t issued frequently. However, he reminded students, staff and faculty to be vigilant when walking at night.
“As the weather turns warmer, as it has in the last few weeks, criminals often take this time to prey upon individuals,” Denton said.
The public safety notice notice asked anyone with information to contact University Police or Columbus Division of Police.
Public safety notices are issued when crimes are considered to be of a “concern and/or continuing threat to the campus community,” though it does not mean there was an increase in crime or a crime pattern exists, according to the notice.