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Stony Brook University issues safety advisory after report of on-campus robbery attempt

Stony Brook University police issued a campus safety advisory Friday morning, notifying students and staff of a reported on-campus robbery attempt that targeted a commuter student in a parking area.

The advisory, sent by University Chief of Police Robert Lenahan, the assistant vice president for campus safety, was issued at 6:12 a.m.

It was not immediately clear when the attempted robbery took place.

According to the statement, the unidentified student was approached by three male suspects "in the vicinity of the student health center parking area." Police said one of the assailants held the student "by the shoulders," while one of the other assailants "rummaged through his pockets."

The student resisted, police said, and the suspects fled.

Nothing was stolen.

Police said one of the assailants was about 5-foot-10 with a medium build and facial hair, and was wearing a black peacoat. Police said the second was about 6-foot with an "athletic build," was clean shaven and wore a black, hooded sweatshirt. The third also was about 6-foot, with a goatee, and wore a great American Eagle hooded sweatshirt.

Additional details were not immediately available.

Police said the investigation is continuing and are asking anyone with information about the robbery attempt or other suspicious activity to contact University Police at 631-632-3333.


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