Gunman robs 2 U-Md. students near College Park campus

October 16, 2012

Two University of Maryland students were robbed at gunpoint Monday night while jogging a few blocks from the campus in College Park, authorities said.

The robbery came a few days after two robberies and one attempted robbery of students occurred near the campus last week.

One person was arrested in those robberies, the Prince George’s County police said.

In Monday’s incident, the two male students were held up at about 9:30 p.m. near Calvert Road and Princeton Avenue.

The site is just east of Route 1, a few blocks southeast of the campus, on the edge of a residential neighborhood where many students live.

A suspect approached the two students as they jogged, police said. He drew a handgun and demanded their property. One of the students handed over cash. The amount was not disclosed.

The robber then ran off. A second person apparently acted as a lookout, police said.

Police said one suspect was described as a black male, with short hair, wearing a gray sweatshirt. The second suspect was a black male with his hair in dreadlocks, wearing dark pants and a sweater.

Neither of the students was injured, police said.

On Sunday, the county police said they had arrested a 17-year-old county resident in connection with two armed robberies of Maryland students and one attempted robbery of a Maryland student in the College Park area Oct. 10.

In the first of the Oct. 10 incidents, police said a male student was robbed at gunpoint at about 7:30 p.m. near the 9100 block of Baltimore Avenue.

The student was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

About an hour later, police said, an attempt was made to rob another male student in the 8200 block of Baltimore Avenue.

A few minutes later, at about 8:35 p.m., police said a female student was robbed at gunpoint in the same block of Baltimore Avenue. The site is near a residential complex, a block or two from campus.

Police said they arrested Nico Jaleel Robinson at his home in the 9200 block of Edmonston Road in Greenbelt.

According to police, items found inside the home were linked to the robberies.

Police said Robinson was charged as an adult and “faces armed robbery and related charges.’’ He was being held on a $200,000 bond, police said Sunday.

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