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Violent robbery leaves Stanford student unconscious, cashless

Department of Public Safety searches for group of men who committed aggravated assault, theft

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A group of men robbed three Stanford University students early Sunday morning, knocking one of the students unconscious before fleeing with his money, the university's Department of Public Safety said on Thursday.

Around 1 a.m., the students were standing outside of Narnia House, an on-campus, residential building in the 1100 block of Campus Drive on the southern end of campus, where they were approached by about six to seven men, according to a department alert. The encounter evolved into a verbal confrontation and one of the men punched a student in the face.

With the injured student on the ground and unconscious, the man who punched him took his wallet and stole the cash, public safety authorities said.

The group of men then fled and were last seen about a half-mile away in the area of The Knoll, a building that houses the university's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

The student who was punched declined to speak with law enforcement about the assault and robbery, which was reported to the Department of Public Safety on Thursday.

The group was described as a mix of African American and Hispanic men between 20-26 years old, according to the alert.

Anyone with information about the assault and robbery is asked to call the Department of Public Safety at 650-329-2413.


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24 people like this
Posted by Midtown Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 14, 2020 at 3:38 pm

Holy *#%¥€! I am so sorry that this happened. The crimes in this area have become more and more brazen. I don’t know what it would take to turn this around. I truly don’t feel safe here anymore.

16 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Los Altos
on Feb 14, 2020 at 4:56 pm

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It is intended to correct the problems that Prop. 47 caused. The attempt to address overcrowding in prisons has led to this increase in crime.

10 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 14, 2020 at 5:16 pm

Very little info. here. Were the groups arguing?! How about more details on descriptions? If it went on for awhile, I’d think more details could be noted and shared. This is what we get for encouraging criminals with lax penalties recently.

3 people like this
Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 14, 2020 at 7:49 pm

"The attempt to address overcrowding in prisons has led to this increase in crime."

Which prison had these assailants been in? The police could use that info to track them down. Withholding information about a crime encourages more crime by its perpetrators.

11 people like this
Posted by AP
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 14, 2020 at 9:10 pm

Descriptions of the attackers are no longer allowed in most newspapers. For example, no New York City papers describes the killers of the Barnard student.

7 people like this
Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 14, 2020 at 11:26 pm

This is really scary. A gang of guys on campus at a time when no classes can be used as an excuse for being there. And the person attacked does not want to speak about it? That means that female students are not safe on campus at night? It is time that SU and PA start thinking about the money that parents pay for their children to attend school here with the assumption that they are safe. Safety on campus needs a higher priority which includes no RV's on El Camino in the campus location. That in itself is a safety issue at night. Time for SU to allocate some of their riches in better policing on the campus. A lot is going very wrong here. I see us as being targeted due to lax policing.

15 people like this
Posted by Sophie88
a resident of another community
on Feb 15, 2020 at 8:48 am

Wow, 1am in the campus, students with cash, group of robbers, are we talking about drug dealing?

9 people like this
Posted by Look
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 15, 2020 at 12:33 pm

"The student who was punched declined to speak with law enforcement about the assault and robbery"
This implies drug deal. I wonder if there were any cameras rolling.

The saying, "Nothing good happens after midnight" is true. Creepy crawler hours and people are drunk after midnight.

Quit blaming Palo Alto Police, they are constantly advertising for applicants! Who wants to be a cop in this nation's anti-law enforcement atmosphere?! You? Then quit complaining, it's a life-threatening job! People are killing cops in NYC. Who would want that kind of danger?

Stanford has loads of money, they should be hiring security guards to walk on that huge campus. When it's desolate, there's more tendency to commit crimes.

6 people like this
Posted by Mary O
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 15, 2020 at 4:21 pm

"The student who was punched declined to speak with law enforcement about the assault and robbery"

Or maybe he’s from another country or is a minority in this country and is wary of the police? Or maybe he was underaged and had been drinking?

The LAST place I went to in my mind that it was a “drug deal” of some kind! I can’t imagine that two groups of people would meet in an open area near a dorm for a “deal.”

They could have been coming home from the library or a lab. Many labs run all night.

But Stanford clears needs better security!

9 people like this
Posted by parent
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 15, 2020 at 4:27 pm

Is it common for a "victim" to refuse to cooperate with the police after an alleged crime like this?

4 people like this
Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 15, 2020 at 6:10 pm

I am thinking about the RV people in Oakland who want to come here and the RV people who are already here. It spells a total disregard for the taxpaying residents who have their children in school and the college students who are operating on a totally different set of principles as to how they are managing their day to day life. While I am not saying that the RV people are the problem - the problem is that there is no set of fixed laws and rules of the road here. These strange problems are just flowing from one city to another. And the city is letting it happen. And SU is tolerating the complications relative to maintaining safety on their campus. They need to have a private security service for the campus and rethink junk lining their streets.

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