Students awoke Monday morning to an email from the university’s emergency alert system, detailing a supposed armed burglary around 1:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28.

The two victims were walking together on Van Landingham Road in front of East Deck 3.

They say that the suspects, who were believed to have had handguns at the scene , demanded their cell phones and laptops before leaving on foot away from campus and onto John Kirk Road.

Detective Joshua Huffman of UNC Charlotte’s Police and Public Safety Department is one of the officers investigating the incident.

“Initially the officers responded [to the scene] and the victims thought that perhaps the individuals had a weapon, but when we brought them back to the police department after they had a chance to catch their breath, they weren’t sure,” said Huffman.

Campus police cannot confirm whether the suspects had handguns at the time of the incident or not.

Victims describe the suspects as two black males, both aged in their early twenties. Victims say both suspects are around 6-feet tall, one taller than the other. Both were wearing hoodies and pants.

A request has been put out to the community and to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, letting the public know that campus police are seeking the suspects.

“We are actively investigating this right now. We do have some leads that we’re following up on,” said Huffman.

This is the first police advisory for armed robbery that UNC Charlotte students have received this academic year.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects or the incident is encouraged to contact campus police at 704-687-2200 or the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department at 911.

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Eden Creamer was the Editor-in-Chief for the Niner Times from May 2013 through April 2015. She graduated from UNC Charlotte in May 2015, receiving her degree in Communication Studies with minors in English, Journalism and Women's Studies. She now does freelance proofing, copywriting and design in the Charlotte area, and can be reached at edencreamer@gmail.com

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