AKRON, Ohio - University of Akron police have released surveillance pictures of two suspects after three sorority sisters were robbed at gunpoint on the campus.
Detectives said they believe the same men also tried to rob two other students who belong to same sorority, about 20 minutes before the other incident. Both crimes happened on the evening of Oct. 18.
"We really want to catch them to make sure nobody gets hurt," said Detective Angela Paonessa from campus police.
Paonessa said the three girls, who are members of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, had left a campus dance, and were walking down a sidewalk near Lee Jackson Field when two men, wearing all black, robbed them shortly after 10 p.m.
"The males approached them from behind, walked up behind them, approached them and pulled out the weapon and asked them to give them the property," Paonessa said.
According to a police report, the crooks made off with wallets, cellphones, cash and identification cards.
The attempted robbery happened in the parking lot of the Kappa Kappa Gamma house on Spicer Street around 9:40 p.m.
Paonessa said two sorority sisters walked out of the house, and one of the suspects pointed a gun at them. The students got in a car and drove away.
Suspect one was described as follows: male, 5-feet 10-inches to 5-feet 11-inches tall, 300 pounds, wearing a black hoodie, black sweat pants and red shorts. He was carrying a black semi-automatic handgun.
Suspect two was described as follows: male, 6-feet tall, 150-175 pounds, wearing a black hat, shirt and pants.
UA students received an e-mail from the university, warning them of the armed robbery and attempted robbery.
"I just thought since it's like right on campus, it's definitely a lot scarier than it being south of campus," said Helen Terrill, a UA sophomore.
Investigators fear the suspects could strike again since they were brazen enough to rob people walking in a group.
"These girls were just at the wrong place at the wrong time, so just make sure you take precautions and you hope for the best," said Alisa Webel, a UA sophomore.
Anyone with information is urged to call University of Akron Police at 330-972-2911. You can also contact Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.
Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $2,000.