Armed robbery reported on campus

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At 9:12 p.m. on Tuesday night, Muhlenberg students were notified of a crime progress and were ordered to shelter in place.

Thirty minutes later, Bill Keller, Executive Director of Communications, sent a follow-up statement to students indicating that two males had approached a community member with what appeared to be a gun and asked for money. The incident reportedly occurred in the vicinity of Benfer Hall.

In Keller’s email, both individuals were described as mid-20s in age and wearing dark clothing. One male was described as 6’2 in height carrying a duffle bag; the other was described as 5’10 in height with lines shaved into his eyebrows.

A student who was present when statements were given to both Campus Safety and the Allentown Police Department stated that the individuals took money from the students and were holding a gun.

Two other students saw the individuals laughing as they ran on the Benfer balconies. They left Benfer and began running up the hill behind Trexler Library and away from the dorm. Neither of the eyewitnesses recognized the two individuals in question or had seen them before on campus.

According to The Morning Call, Allentown Police Department Capt. Glen Granitz said that no injuries have been reported and that the department did not require the College to issue the shelter-in-place order.

At 11:17 p.m., the shelter-in-place order was lifted.

This is a breaking news story which will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Gregory Kantor served as the Editor-in-Chief from 2016 -2018 and majored in Public Health with a minor in Jewish Studies. In addition to his work with The Weekly, Greg served on Muhlenberg College EMS and worked in the Writing Center. A native Long Islander, he enjoys watching New York's losing teams – the Mets, Jets, and Islanders – in his free time.


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