CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – A male student at the University of North Carolina was robbed not far from campus at 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to Chapel Hill Police.
The incident happened near the intersection of Henderson and North Streets.
The student was walking when two men approached in a dark-colored Jeep. One robber pulled out a handgun and stole the student’s backpack and wallet. The second robber then took his cellphone.
The robbers fled in their vehicle and were believed to have headed out of Chapel Hill, northbound on Route 15-501.
The student was not hurt.
The incident happened near the intersection of North Street and Henderson Street.
“It’s not good news for us,” said Rachel Hare.
Hare lives along Henderson Street and says she walks the road five or six times a day. She says she also grew up in Chapel Hill and she feels safe in the neighborhood environment along Henderson Street. Hare says it’s a feeling that can be deceiving.
“There are people coming into this town that aren’t the best of people,” she said.
Hare was aware of the incident, however more than a dozen students said they had not heard about the robbery.
“I don’t know if there is a better way for people to alert us,” said Meredith Spaid, who lives right on the corner where the robbery happened.
Wednesday’s incident makes the third robbery on or near UNC’s campus this month.
UNC Spokesperson Michael John says because this incident technically happened “off campus” UNC are not the responding agency.
John says the school put out an announcement to students the moment they received notification from Chapel Hill Police.
CBS North Carolina reached out to Chapel Hill police, however they did not respond.
On Friday, a UNC student had $60 and a pair of shoes stolen in an armed robbery Friday morning on campus.
On April 10, Campus Police responded to a robbery at 5 p.m. near campus on South Columbia and West Cameron streets.
If anyone has information which might aid in the investigation of Wednesday’s robbery, please call 911 or 919-942-7515.