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MICA student attacked

The Maryland Institute College of Art in Bolton Hill put out this campus alert Monday evening:

At approximately 11:15 p.m. on Saturday 5/1/2010 a MICA student was walking on the 200 block of West Lanvale Street when she passed two unknown males that asked her for the time. They began following her and after quickly closing the distance they held her against a wall, struck her, showed a handgun and tried to pull her bag away. Her calls for help were answered by neighbors that came out to investigate thereby causing the suspects to flee. Baltimore City Police and Campus Safety responded quickly and searched the area. Suspects have not been apprehended in this incident.

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Suspects were described as:
Male, Black (light completion), late twenties in age, 6' tall, slender build, wearing a dark brown hoody with blue stripes, light blue jeans and white sneakers.

Male, Black, late twenties in age, 5'6", wearing a dark colored hoody with yellow circular text on the front and blue jeans.

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Baltimore City Police are investigating the incident and will deploy more patrols to the area. Campus Safety will be increasing deployment to this area during evening hours. Campus Safety Patrol officers and Police-Eagle patrols will be on foot, bike, motorized and Segway patrol.

• Don't allow strangers to approach or follow you on the street. If asked to stop or talk – keep moving away while you listen and watch to size up the situation. If you sense that someone may be following or moving toward you, abruptly change direction several times while moving quickly toward a safe public area or place where you know assistance will be available. You will see how the person responds, and by moving toward a place where assistance is available, you will be that much closer to help if you decide escape is necessary.

• Be extra cautious whenever outside – night and day. Always be alert to your immediate surroundings and keep track of who is in front and behind you.  Be especially vigilant in the evening and on weekends when there is less pedestrian traffic in Bolton Hill and on campus.

• Avoid isolated areas and walking alone; use the evening shuttle 5:00 pm - 7:00 am (last call at 6:40 am).

• Report suspicious persons parked, hanging around or walking through your neighborhood to Baltimore City Police and Campus Safety before you come into close contact with them.  Let us check it out before something happens.
 
If you are a victim of or witness to a crime, contact Baltimore City (911) immediately and then report it to Campus Safety (443-423-3333).

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