Gunman Robs Student Inside West Chester University Student Union

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    Campus safety officials at West Chester University have put the campus on alert after a student was robbed at by a gunman inside the school's student union. (Published Saturday, Mar 1, 2014)

    Students are on alert at West Chester University after an undergraduate was held up at gunpoint inside the school's student union.

    The robber, believed to be in his 30s, was captured on surveillance video entering the Sykes Student Union around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, West Chester Public Safety confirmed to NBC10. The student union is located off of Rosedale Avenue in West Chester, Chester County, Pa.

    The man approached the student, who had just used an ATM inside the building, revealed a handgun tucked into his pants and demanded cash, officials said.

    The student gave up an undetermined amount of money and the man fled. The student was not hurt.

    On campus Friday night, other students called the crime unusual for the area and said they'd be keeping an eye out for anyone suspicious.

    "It's crazy that something like that would happen," Derek Dean said. "You've just got to be more careful, watch your back and I hope they catch who ever it was that mugged him."

    Ayonna Johnson, who was visiting a friend, said there was extra care taken when she arrived at the bus stop.

    "When I came to visit my friend, she made sure she was at the bus stop so I wouldn't be alone because I got here pretty late, it was dark, so she didn't want anything happening to me," she said.

    The suspect is described as about 6-feet tall and was wearing a black leather coat and black scarf.

    Anyone with information is asked to call West Chester University's Department of Public Safety at 610.436.3311