Officials: Two students robbed at gunpoint on University of New Haven campus

A view of University of New Haven campus in New Haven, Conn., on Friday Aug. 7, 2020.

A view of University of New Haven campus in New Haven, Conn., on Friday Aug. 7, 2020.

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WEST HAVEN — Two University of New Haven students were robbed at gunpoint while on campus early Sunday morning, according to the institution.

In an email, school officials said “two students were robbed at gunpoint in the area of the Re-Charge Convenience Market (C-Store) on campus” around 12:20 a.m.

The robber “exited the passenger side backseat of a vehicle and robbed one individual of a purse before returning to the vehicle and leaving campus,” officials said.

Officials described the suspect invididual as “a dark-skinned male,” approximately 5’8”, between 18 and 20 years old, and of medium build. He was allegedly wearing dark clothing and a black ski mask, officials said.

Officers with the University of New Haven and West Haven police departments “responded to the scene immediately and secured campus,” officials said.

The matter is being investigated by detectives with the West Haven Police Department, officials said. University police are also increasing security patrols on and around campus in response.

“As always, the safety and well-being of our university community is our paramount priority,” officials said.

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