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Volume 71, Issue 135, Wednesday, April 26, 2006

News

Security breach alarms students

Three robbery suspects remain at large, residents are encouraged 
to stay aware

by RACHAEL SEELEY
The Daily Cougar

The UH Police Department is still searching for three suspects who forced their way into a near-campus apartment Wednesday and robbed two residents at gunpoint. 

"We have talked to a lot of the residents over there, but we haven't found anybody who saw them get into their car or got their license plate numbers," UHPD Sgt. Jon Williams said. 

The victims had a brief conversation with two of the suspects, whom they had never seen before, in the Cambridge Oaks parking lot at around 7 p.m. -- nearly three hours before the robbery took place. 


Three suspects are being sought for a burglary at Cambridge Oaks apartments. Details are available at www.uh.edu/police/security_alert/index.html

The suspects gained entrance to the apartment by knocking on the victims' door and pushing their way inside after it was answered. 

"They knocked on the door and then they asked to speak with one of them. The one at the door said ‘OK, let me go find him,' and then he turned around to go get him and the guys forced themselves into the room," UH Police Chief Malcolm Davis said. 

Once inside the apartment, one of the males displayed a semi-automatic black pistol. The three men demanded money, and then told the victims to get into the bathroom while they ransacked the apartment and searched for valuables. 

"They went through the apartment and took their wallets, money, some IDs, credit cards, cell-phones … just the normal type of stuff," Davis said. 

The UH Police department security alert described the three suspects as black males, ranging from 19 to 22 years of age. Two had baggy pants and short, fade-style haircuts and a third had thin, braded hair and was wearing a light-blue, baseball-style jersey. 

Cambridge Oaks management said they sent a notice to residents alerting them of the robbery and advising them to take extra safety precautions. 

Accounting senior and Cambridge Oaks resident Nadia Al-Haj did not see the notice and said she was surprised to learn about the home invasion. 

"I didn't even know there was a break-in," Al-Haj said. "I guess I should be more careful." 

Davis said UHPD is increasing patrols of the complex and encouraged students to be aware of their surroundings. 

Davis said that anyone who sees suspicious activity on campus or has information related to the case should call the UHPD at (713) 743-3333 or 911.

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