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Fri Feb 15, 2019, 03:14 PM

Spike in robberies near La Salle University has students worried, administrators scrambling

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon this month, a recent La Salle University student left his home on the edge of campus and began walking along North Lambert Street. That’s when a man with a knife approached, and took his iPhone, his debit card, and ID.

The incident marked the seventh robbery since Jan. 1 within 500 feet of the campus in the city’s Logan neighborhood. In the previous two years, police had logged only a single robbery in the same radius.

The spree has prompted a pledge by university administrators to bolster security but also stoked tensions on the Catholic school campus. There have been no injuries but also no arrests in the robberies, five of which involved armed assailants, and nearly all against students.

“There’s always been these incidences since I’ve been at La Salle for the past four years, but this year has gotten increasingly bad,” said Katherine Young, a La Salle senior.

Read more: https://www.philly.com/news/lasalle-university-robberies-increase-logan-students-security-meeting-20190215.html

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