Student robbed at gunpoint inside Georgia Tech building

A Georgia Tech student was robbed at gunpoint inside a campus building Monday night, police said.

According to a safety alert sent out to the campus community Monday night, the victim was inside the atrium at the West Peachtree Street entrance to the College of Business building just after 7 p.m. when the suspect asked to use his phone.

The suspect went into a nearby restroom, then came out “and displayed a handgun,” Georgia Tech police said in the alert.

“The suspect told the victim to place his backpack on the ground and enter the restroom and count to 100 before exiting,” police said. “The suspect stole the victim’s backpack and was last seen exiting the building headed towards West Peachtree Street.

The student was not injured.

The suspect, according to police, is 5-foot-10, weighs 160 to 175 pounds, has facial hair, and was wearing a tan jacket, a light blue shirt, blue jeans and a black knit cap.

The incident was the second robbery of a student on or near the campus in the past week.

On Dec. 30, a student reported to Atlanta police that he was walking along Hemphill Avenue just north of the Georgia Tech police headquarters when he was approached by an armed man who demanded his phone.

When the student refused to give the suspect his phone, he fired two shots in the direction of the student before leaving in a four-door sedan that was parked a short distance away.

Anyone with information on Monday’s incident is asked to contact the Georgia Tech Police Department at 404-894-2500 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477.

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