Temple University Tells Students to Avoid Area After Armed Robber Hits Up Fraternity House

Temple University put students on alert after a student returned to his off-campus fraternity house to find a man rummaging through the kitchen.

The armed suspect -- a "butt of a gun" showing from his pocket -- greeted the unidentified student when he walked into his home along W Diamond Street, near 17th Street, around 2 a.m. Thursday, the victim told Philadelphia Police.

The student, who said he was studying all day, told investigators the guy demanded money but when he told him he had none, the burglar demanded the student's backpack instead so the student handed it over. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction with the student's headphones and books.

Temple sent out an alert around 2:45 a.m. that urged students to avoid the area -- which is a couple block north of campus -- as police investigated. [[377390791, C]]

No word yet on a suspect description. It appeared he entered the fraternity house -- it wasn't clear which fraternity uses the home -- through an unlocked backdoor.

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