Students Escape Robbery at Towers
Published: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Updated: Thursday, April 9, 2009 08:04
Police are looking for four black males who attempted to rob two Howard students at gunpoint behind the West Towers around 1:15 a.m. Thursday.
Junior public relations major Tyler Acker and junior biology major Chaina Cooper were sitting outside when the silver Durango with Maryland plates drove up. The two students nodded it off as another student in passing.
One of the rear passengers jumped out of the vehicle to grab Acker's pockets, demanding that he give them his possessions. According to the police report, the suspect drew a .357 magnum revolver with a 4-5-inch barrel.
"While the guys in the car were telling him [the suspect] what to do, we made a run for it," Acker said.
The robbery was unsuccessful, as the suspects left with only Acker's keys. When Cooper took cover, Acker pushed the gun away, and ran between the towers to draw attention. The car then left and turned on Sherman Avenue.
Assuming the car would turn around and come back, Acker and Cooper tried to enter the Towers through the garage. But, the security on shift would not let them in, Acker said.
"We almost started a commotion then," he said. "As soon as another student parked their car, he let them in. But after we explained what happened, he still said we had to turn around and go through the front."
Local police arrived at the scene 15 minutes later, followed by campus police. Campus police said the situation with the security officer would be handled, without giving further detail.
This was the first incident that campus police saw that night, and local police advised the students to call 911 if they saw the vehicle again. Both students were not shocked from the incident, since "everything happened so fast."
Despite the rough encounter with the Towers security, Acker and Cooper remained calm.
"It can happen anywhere," Acker said. "You just have to stay on your toes. Be aware of your surroundings."