A Morehouse College student was violently robbed near campus Monday night, Atlanta police said.
According to a police report obtained by AJC.com, the student had walked to the Circle K store in the 300 block of Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard about 10 p.m. to buy something.
As he started walking back toward campus, “he felt like someone was following him,” the report stated.
Then, the suspect approached him and tried to choke-slam him, police said.
“Once he fell to the ground, the suspect started demanding that he give up his backpack,” the report said. “(The victim) stated that he felt intimidated enough to give the suspect his backpack so nothing else physically happened to him.”
Once the robber took the backpack, he ran north on Lowery Boulevard and turned into the Morehouse campus, which is near the Circle K, the victim told investigators.
He has not been identified, but was described as between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with a short Afro and wearing a green sweatshirt, blue jeans and green shoes.
Around the time of the theft, a security guard saw someone with a backpack sprint up to the security checkpoint at the entrance to campus, quickly flash a student ID and continue running, police said. The victim arrived at the checkpoint about two minutes later.
The victim rode around campus on a cart with Morehouse police and pointed out a student who looked like the suspect. Campus police searched that student’s room but did not find the stolen backpack.
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