Updated: Robbery near BU could be linked to five others

Breaking: Monday night robbery

Shortly after the Lariat’s press deadline Monday night, Baylor University sent out another notification of an armed robbery just south of campus:

Campus Safety Alert – Robbery Occurs Near Campus Tonight

Baylor and Waco police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at 10:35 p.m. Monday at 12th Street and Bagby Avenue near the Baylor campus. The suspect in the robbery is described as a black male, mid to late 20s, with a small beard and wearing dark clothing. The suspect displayed a small handgun and demanded money from a Baylor student, who was walking to a car.

Police continue to remind students to be alert to their surroundings and to not place themselves in an isolated situation regardless of whether they are on or off campus. Should students observe something suspicious in nature on or near the campus, they are encouraged to contact Baylor Police at (254) 710-2222.

By Jade Mardirosian
Staff Writer

Baylor and Waco police are still investigating an armed robbery that occurred before Thanksgiving break, at around 7 a.m. Nov. 21 at the Baylor Arms Apartments, located at 1500 S. Ninth St.

Baylor Police Chief Jim Doak said there is a strong chance the robbery is connected with five other robberies that have occurred over the past month in the Baylor area.

“We have to factor in that [the six robberies] are very similar in nature,” Doak said.

The victim of the Nov. 21 robbery is a Baylor student. Doak said the student was walking from the laundry facilities back to his apartment when two men approached him.

“They came up next to him and asked him for money,” Doak said. “He didn’t have any, so they hit him and ran off.”

Doak said the student did not need medical attention and attended class later that morning after reporting the incident to Waco police.

The suspects in the Nov. 21 robbery are described as two black males in their mid 20s, one about 5 feet 8 inches, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, and the other 5 feet 10 inches, wearing a dark shirt and pants.

Police believe multiple men connected through a group or gang are responsible for the robberies.

On Nov. 17, Waco police arrested a suspect in connection with one of the five previous robberies that occurred near campus.

Tresten Robinson, 19, was charged with one count of robbery-bodily injury for the Oct. 30 robbery in the 1500 block of South Ninth Street.

Robinson is still being held in McLennan County Jail in lieu of a $95,000 bail.

Doak said Baylor police are not aware of any robberies around Baylor during Thanksgiving break.