WKU police respond to second attempted robbery in same week

An attempted robbery took place last night near Minton Hall and the rear of Academic Complex, the second attempt this week.

A WKU Alert sent around 9 p.m. warned of “attempted Robbery black male beard 6′ dark hoodie sweat shirt gray pants, in the area of Student health services, direction of travel unknown.”

The perpetrator displayed a knife and demanded money from the victim, according to the WKU Police Department. The attempted robbery happened at 8 p.m. and was reported at 8:03 p.m., according to the WKUPD website. 

“A scuffle ensued and the suspect fled on foot in the direction of Mass Media and Technology Hall,” Captain Mike Dowell said in an email to faculty and students.

Dowell said it is unknown if the perpetrator had a car.

On Tuesday, an attempted robbery of a 16-year-old Gatton Academy student was reported near Bates-Runner Hall at 1:05 p.m.

The suspect was described as a black male, about 6 feet tall and 30 years of age with a full beard and mustache, wearing a dark toboggan, gray jacket and dark pants.

It is unknown if the two incidents are related.

“The description is very similar but it’s hard to say that they’re the same individual,” Dowell said.

WKUPD is investigating the incidents separately but isn’t ruling out if they’re related.

The victim was unharmed after the incident, Dowell said.

“There’s just very little information at this time on those which also makes it very disturbing to me,” he said.