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Second college student mugged, robbed in Towson in two nights

Street robbery on East Burke one block from Sunday night stabbing

By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com

2:55 PM EST, November 5, 2013

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A college student was assaulted and robbed by a group of three men in Towson Monday night, the second such street assault and robbery in the area in as many nights, Baltimore County Police said Tuesday.

According to police, Monday’s incident occurred at 9:50 p.m. in the 200 block of East Burke Avenue. Police said a 20-year-old male student at Goucher College was walking home from school while talking on his cell phone and pushing a bicycle.

When the man turned into an alley off East Burke Avenue, police said two men emerged from a vehicle and forced the student to the ground, while a third remained in the car. The alleged assailants threatened to stab the man if he did not cooperate, though police said the student did not see a knife

The two men stole money from the student’s wallet and left traveling east on Burke Avenue, police said. The student suffered minor injuries.

A night earlier, police believe the same three men stabbed a 24-year-old Towson University student multiple times at the corner of East Burke Avenue and Centre Avenue, leaving the student hospitalized with serious injuries. Police found the student’s phone was missing, and are investigating the assault as a possible robbery.

A female passerby found the man in the middle of the street and called police about 10:50 p.m. Sunday night. When police and EMS responded to the scene, they found the man’s injuries so serious that he could not say what happened, other than that the alleged attackers were three thin, black men.

The Goucher student who was robbed Monday night gave that same description of his alleged assailants, though neither could provide additional details.

Police have not identified the victim in Sunday's assault, nor said which hospital he is being treated at, because the perpetrators are still at large.

Because of the recent wave of robberies in the area, police advised residents to use caution while walking in the dark, and to avoid walking at night while alone and distracted.

“The suspects in the Towson robberies appear to target victims who walk alone and are not paying attention to their surroundings, often because they are talking on their cell phones,” the county police department said in a statement. “Cell phones are an increasingly popular target for criminals. Take care not to make cell phones and other electronic equipment visible to criminals.”

In addition to urging caution, Police Chief Jim Johnson is enhancing police presence in the downtown Towson area, police said.

This story has been updated.