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Freshman robbed at knifepoint in Stern Hall parking lot

STANFORD -- Stanford Police are urging extra caution in campus parking lots after an 18-year-old freshman was robbed at knifepoint in the Stern Hall lot late Wednesday, Nov. 30.

According to Stanford Police Chief Marvin Herrington, the male student, a resident of Stern, was returning from an outing at about 11:10 p.m. when he was grabbed from behind, and a knife held to his throat. The suspect stole a neck chain and watch, and then knocked the student down onto the pavement. The student was not injured, Herrington said.

The suspect was described as a male about 5 feet 9 inches, 180 pounds, with a muscular build. At the time he was wearing all dark clothing and white athletic shoes.

“We want to advise people to be especially cautious about getting in and out of their cars in deserted parking lots,” Herrington said. “If you feel suspicious that someone is watching you, stay in your car and drive away. Go somewhere safe and call the police.”

Such crimes are uncommon at Stanford. Over the last three to four years, Herrington said, the university has averaged between one and two robberies per year.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in any of the dormitory lots that evening, especially at Stern, should call the Stanford Police at 723-9633.



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