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UNR students held at gunpoint, beaten in armed robbery near campus

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.
Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

by Ben Margiott

Wednesday, October 10th 2018

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

by Ben Margiott

Wednesday, October 10th 2018

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

by Ben Margiott

Wednesday, October 10th 2018

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.
Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.
Around 2:00 a.m. Saturday, Turner Gustafson and his friend were walking back to their car on Nevada Street after attending a pancake fundraiser hosted by Tri Delta, a UNR sorority.They were just getting into the car when someone stuck their arm in the door to prevent it from closing and said “Get out of the car and give me everything in your pocket.”

Gustafson said one of the suspects held his friend at gunpoint, while another pulled him out of the car and started beating him. A third suspect started stealing their wallets, phones, keys and other items in the glove box.”We were scared for our lives. We were so afraid.”

“It just happened that quickly where you couldn’t even say anything or do anything. To where you were just helpless,” Gustafson said.The robbery lasted just a few minutes, after which the suspects returned to their car and drove off.Gustafson said he was taken to the hospital, having suffered a concussion, bruised ribs and cuts on his face. His friend, who was held at gunpoint, was not hurt.While his physical wounds are now healing, Gustafson said he now experiences anxiety anytime he’s out late at night.He said that before this incident, he never thought something like this could happen in Reno. Now, he’s urging everyone to be aware of their surroundings at all times.”Travel in groups — more than two of you. Preferably four. Never by yourself, especially girls. Never by yourself … be on the lookout,” Gustafson said.RPD Officer Travis Warren said they don’t have any suspect information at this time. If you have any details that can help investigators, you’re asked to call Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.
In an automated message sent to students on Wednesday, UNR’s police services offered the following tips:Make personal safety your number one priority. Awareness, Avoidance and Risk Reduction are the best ways to not be a victim.Be alert! Look around you; be aware of who is on the street and in the area. Make it difficult for anyone to take you by surprise. Look and walk with a confident stride with your head up.Keep your distance from anyone who triggers a suspicion in your mind. Make eye contact with people you encounter. This shows self-confidence and may deter a potential attack.Stay alert to your surroundings when walking at night. Walk briskly to your destination.Travel in groups of two or more and always travel in well-lit, heavily traveled areas.Carry a whistle or noise maker. This can serve as a reminder to exercise caution, and can alert someone in the area that you need help.If listening to music, keep the volume low so you can hear what is going on around you. Don’t talk on your cell phone or listen to music when you are in an unfamiliar area. This can be a distraction and can make you vulnerable.When walking, stay in public areas that are well lit and populated.Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.If you know you are going to be working late, plan ahead as to how you will get to your vehicle or home safely.Keep your hands free. Limit the number of items you’re carrying or use a backpack or bag to ensure that your hands are free in order to defend yourself if needed.Use university services such as Campus Escort or University Police Cadets to get you to your vehicle safely. The Campus Escort Van operates 7 days a week from 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM during academic semesters.Regularly change your routine.Develop a survival mind set. While you’re in a safe place, visualize a dangerous situation and what you would do if confronted. This may be unpleasant, however it is a good idea to prepare yourself if you were ever attacked, so you don’t freeze with fear if something ever was to happen.If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, don’t worry about hurting the person’s feelings, just leave.Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, trust your feelings and do what you need to do to be safe.Download the Safe Pack

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