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TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)– Towson University police issue a crime alert. Two armed robberies in two days have students on edge.

Adam May reports.

Towson University shuttles routinely drop off students at the Walker Manor Apartments in North Baltimore.

Last week, a student getting off the bus was robbed at gunpoint. And a day earlier, another man was also held up.

Both victims had their pockets searched by a group who took off with cash.

“The suspect description is similar in both incidents: A group– three to five unknown suspects,” Baltimore City Police spokesman Jeremy Silbert said.

City police say they’ve increased patrols in the area. Students were alerted by campus police.

“With the gun and everything, it’s kinda scary,” one student said.

“Most college students don’t know how to defend themselves,” said another.

This senior wishes she could better protect herself.

“I know how to knife fight because my dad was a police officer,” Towson University senior Samantha Torosian said. “But I’m not allowed to carry knives on campus. It’s the whole self-defense aspect.”

City police offer students this advice:

“Always be aware of their surroundings, always good to walk in groups,” Silbert said. “If a situation doesn’t seem right, turn and walk another way.”

Student robberies are rare at Towson with only a handful reported the last few years.

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