MU student robbed at gunpoint near Memorial Union

Thursday, February 9, 2012 | 1:30 p.m. CST; updated 2:44 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 9, 2012

COLUMBIA — An unidentified male student was robbed at gunpoint on campus early Thursday morning, MU police said.

The student was walking southwest of the Memorial Union building around 1:53 a.m. when he was approached by a man wearing a hoodie and carrying a gun.

MU Police Capt. Brian Weimer said that the gun used was a handgun but not a revolver.

The victim described the suspect as being a black male in his late 20s or early 30s, with a heavy build and between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall.  The suspect was reportedly wearing dark blue jeans and a grey hooded sweatshirt with "Mizzou" printed on it.

Eyewitnesses last saw the suspect passing the Fine Arts Building, running north on Hitt Street.

This incident prompted MU police to release its first Clery report of the semester, a report that discloses crimes on or near campus. 

While the robbery is believed to be an isolated incident, Weimer said the Clery report was released for the safety of people on campus “so that they can take their own precautions.”

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