UB lifts ‘shelter in place’ after attempted robbery

The University at Buffalo has given the ‘all clear’ for North Campus after an attempted robbery late Tuesday night triggered an alert for students to stay inside.

University Police issued a “shelter in place” advisory after they say three college-age, black males dressed in dark clothing attempted to rob a victim in an apartment off Sweet Home Road. One of the men had what appeared to be a handgun.

Police say the victim got into his vehicle and followed the suspect onto North Campus, where they abandoned their vehicle in the parking lot of the Hadley Village apartments. The Amherst Police K9 located a pistol in the bushes nearby.

A UB student named Temi explained what he saw on campus, “There was basically cops everywhere just trying to find the person and then we got an email saying they’ve got the gun already.”

UB Life and Services Vice President Dennis Black said, “We identified the information as being an armed robbery that took place off campus. A weapon was seen, there was fear that the weapon might have been brought to the campus that led to a shelter in place.”

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. police lifted the advisory after completing a search and determining the suspects were likely no longer on campus.

Anyone who sees any suspicious activity is asked to contact University Police at 645-2222.

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