Russell Shaw, interim director of the Department of Public Safety, said DPS officers were sent to the 900 block of North 17th Street after receiving a report of an armed robbery.
“Upon arrival, three MU female students stated they were robbed at gunpoint by three subjects outside their residence,” Shaw said in an email.
Shaw said the three subjects approached the victims, displayed a weapon and demanded property before running south on North 17th Street. One student victim said she reported knee abrasions from the incident, but declined any medical treatment.
As DPS officers were sent to the area and began searching for signs of the suspects, a DPS officer called out another possible robbery in progress near O’Donnell Hall. The officer found a male student victim, who reported the subject was running west from the scene. DPS officers were able to locate and detain the suspect, who was taken into custody by the Milwaukee Police Department.
Matt Phillips, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, said he witnessed the second incident near O’Donnell Hall and saw the subjects trying to get away.
“(I saw them) jump back in the car and take off, and they almost clipped and T-boned a car that was going down Wisconsin,” Phillips said.
Phillips also said DPS was already on the scene by the time he saw the subjects try to get back in their car.
DPS officers searched the area and were able to find the handgun, which was turned over to MPD.
MPD is still investigating the incidents and is still trying to locate and identify the other two suspects involved in the robberies.