ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
Butler University Police Department and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the second armed robbery involving Butler students since the beginning of the academic year.
Detective Bruce Allee spoke with Butler students involved to determine what happened early Saturday morning, said Bill Weber, assistant police chief.
The involved students said “a light- or white-colored mid-sized vehicle” stopped near them while they were walking on the 4300 block of North Clarendon Road, according to a BUPD report.
Allegedly, two of the four African American males in the car got out and approached the students. Armed with a handgun, they demanded the students hand over their money.
After learning the students weren’t carrying money, the suspects stole a student ID lanyard and fled the scene.
BUPD will do most of investigating because students were involved and it occurred so close to campus, Weber said. BUPD will work with IMPD and access its records to aid in the investigation.
BUPD officers will also investigate the possibility that this robbery and a previous one are connected, as the incidents were similar, Weber said.
On Aug. 25, a “dark-colored vehicle” with three African American individuals inside pulled up alongside two Butler students on West 42nd Street near Haughey Road, according to a BUPD report.
Two of the individuals confronted the students with what the students reported as a “toy gun” demanding money.
“This [more-recent robbery] is a lot more personal,” Weber said. “This is my university and these are my students. This is why I enjoy working here.”