July 30, 2014

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Oberlin College students report robbery

OBERLIN — A general alert went out to Oberlin College students after two female students said they were robbed at gunpoint Sunday by three men on bicycles.

The students were walking on West Vine Street about a block from the Oberlin Police Department when they were approached from behind at about 11:10 p.m., according to a police report.

The three men on bicycles ordered the students to “drop everything,” according to Oberlin police Chief Thomas Miller.

The students turned around and looked at the men and one was pointing a gun, Miller said.

The women dropped a handbag and wallet and the men ordered them to walk away.

The students said the robbers wore dark hooded sweatshirts and were 18 to 21 years old. Two of the men were described as about 6 feet tall and the other one was shorter, according to Miller.

Police have no suspects but were planning on working with the victims to get better descriptions, he said.

Miller said he was unaware of any other armed robberies involving bicycles and he said a robber at gunpoint in Oberlin was “unusual.”

Several hundred fliers were posted warning students around campus of the incident, according to Marjorie Burton, assistant director of Oberlin College Safety and Security.

She said warnings also were posted on a computer alert available on the campus.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.