A male graduate student was robbed on Wednesday evening, Jan. 9, while most students were away for winter break, according to an e-mail from UR Security. The student was approached in the Intercampus Drive Lot after 9 p.m. by five teenagers.

According to the student, three of the suspects demanded his money and cell phone, both of which he relinquished.

A member of the group then punched the student, knocking him to the ground, after which the group fled toward Elmwood Avenue. No weapons were displayed.

The student drove away from the scene and called 9-1-1. The student was treated by an ambulance and later sent to Strong Memorial Hospital.

UR Security and Rochester Police searched the area for the at-large suspects and later reviewed CCTV images of the area to determine the identity of the suspects.

Unwanted visitor stirs trouble

On Friday Jan. 18, at 11:30 p.m., an intoxicated male visitor, unaffiliated with UR, got into a fight with fraternity brothers, according to UR Security Investigator Dan Lafferty.

Earlier in the evening, the suspect held a female student in a headlock chokehold. The victim reported no injury.

The visitor attempted to enter fraternity houses and, after being denied entry, the suspect became aggressive. The suspect then challenged brothers to fights. Security officers arrived to find the visitor being held down by a number of students.

The suspect was sent to Rochester General Hospital for treatment. He was temporarily banned from University property.

Eastman student escapes two robberies

There was a failed robbery attempt on Sunday, Jan. 13 at approximately 5 p.m., according to an e-mail from UR Security.

A female Eastman School graduate student was approached by multiple suspects who demanded that she turn over her money and cell phone.

According to her report, one teenager asked that she hand over her money. Immediately after, another teenager also demanded her money. The two walked away after the student told them she had no money.

After the first suspects left, three others approached the student and asked that she come with them to an alley to hand over her money, which she declined.

The suspects then left without confrontation, and the student reported the episode to police.

Fire starts in graduate student house

On Thursday, Jan. 17, Rochester Fire Department and security officers responded to a small fire in the graduate student house, Goler House, according to Lafferty.

A fire had started in an unoccuppied bedroom on the eighth floor. Only one apartment was severely damaged. The actual fire was contained in one apartment.

The cause of the fire is unknown, though a light fixture may be responsible. There were no injuries.

Information provided by UR Security.

Leber is a member of the class of 2011.

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