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Golfer Woods issues statement on robbery

STANFORD -- U.S. Amateur Golf champion Tiger Woods, a freshman at Stanford University, identified himself Friday, Dec. 2, as the student who was robbed in a dormitory parking lot late Wednesday, Nov. 30.

According to Stanford Police Chief Marvin Herrington, Woods, 18, 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 Woods down, striking him with the handle of the knife. Woods was not injured.

Woods issued the following statement:

"I was not beaten, and I was not injured. I immediately reported the robbery to the police, and I did not seek medical treatment. My jaw was just sore, so I took some aspirin.

"People get mugged every day, and mine was just an isolated incident. I just want to move on from this, bury this in the past. I just want to get through my finals, enjoy a great Christmas and then come back."

Woods said he would have no further comment on the incident.

It is Stanford's policy not to release the names of students who are crime victims. In Woods' case, however, he volunteered the information in part because the Orange County Register, in Friday's editions, incorrectly stated that he had been beaten as well as robbed.

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

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. People who may have information on the suspect or who saw anything suspicious in any of the dormitory lots that evening should call the Stanford Police at 723-9633.



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