Rice University police say a strong-armed robbery was attempted early Tuesday on the gravel path between Entrance 5 on Main Street and Wiess College. Around 5:30am a consultant for the university was approached by two males after they jumped out from behind some bushes.
One of the men reached for the consultant's backpack, and the victim struck him with his computer case. The two men then fled toward Main Street.
The consultant was not harmed and none of his belongings was stolen. The victim described one of the suspects as a slender black male in his late 20s with a hoodie and glasses. He said the other was a slender Middle Eastern male, also in his late 20s with a ball cap worn backwards. The victim reported the incident to the Rice University Police Department at 8:30am.
If you have any information about this attempted crime or similar incidents, you're asked to contact Rice University police at 713-348-6000. Officers advise everyone to be aware of their surroundings and avoid walking alone after dark. If you see any suspicious behavior, you're asked to contact RUPD as soon as possible by telephone or via one of the blue emergency light telephones on campus.