Kamloops Mounties probing reported armed robbery on TRU campus

A man told police he was mugged while walking on campus at about 1 a.m. on Sunday. This is the second reported mugging at TRU in the past month

Kamloops Mounties are investigating the alleged armed robbery of a person on the campus of Thompson Rivers University, the second reported mugging on campus in the past month.

Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk said police were called after a man said he was robbed at gunpoint by three men while walking in the area of University Drive and College Drive at about 1 a.m. on Sunday.

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Buliziuk said the victim told police the three assailants demanded that he hand over personal items and said one of the trio was carrying a small black pistol.

Buliziuk said the victim was not injured during the mugging.

The incident led to a large number of armed Mounties patrolling the university area Sunday morning.

The three suspects are all white and in their mid-20s. They were wearing black clothing and last seen on foot in a northerly direction along the Summit Connector.

“Situations such as this remind us of the rare, however, real possibility of being the victim of this type of crime,” Buliziuk said. “In this case, the victim handed his property over as directed and was not harmed. The property we own is most often replaceable. Our well-being and personal safety should remain the priority.”

The mugging follows a report of a robbery on the TRU campus on March 11.

On that day, police were called at 2:40 p.m. after a man walking near Wolfpack Road and College Drive said he was robbed by a knife-wielding suspect. The victim, who was not injured, told police the robber demanded his wallet, then escaped toward Summit Drive.

Shelkie said the wallet was found on campus 30 minutes later and turned in to security. Some cash was missing from the wallet, but all other items remained.

The suspect in that case is a man in his mid-20s, standing six feet tall and wearing a grey hoodie and jeans. He was carrying a leather, striped backpack.

Anybody with information on either incident is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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