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Two Students Allegedly Robbed At Gun Point On Beaver Avenue

State College Police responded to an armed robbery early this morning on the 400 block of East Beaver Avenue near Hetzel Street.

Two male students reported that they were robbed at gun point at 3:35 a.m. as they were walking eastbound on Beaver Ave. The two said they crossed South Garner Street when a black man allegedly approached them, originally walking westbound but changing directions and walking eastbound with the two individuals upon coming up to them.

The suspect then reportedly attempted to have a conversation with the two men. The two students became alarmed by the suspect’s behavior and crossed Beaver Ave near the Park Hill Apartments to distance themselves from him. The suspect followed the two across to the north side of Beaver Ave. and stopped them, allegedly demanding they empty their pockets while pulling out a semi-automatic hand gun and “displaying” it toward the victims.

The two students said they then handed over the contents of their pockets and the suspect told them to turn around and walk away. The victim then said he allegedly heard a gunshot after they began walking away and the two ran off.

The suspect is described as an older college-aged black male, 6-foot tall and approximately 190 pounds. The victims described him as wearing a medium, gray, crew-neck sweatshirt with an “unknown” emblem on the front and shorts of an unknown color. He also reportedly had an extended goatee and short black hair.

The State College Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact them at 814-234-7150, by email, or by submitting an anonymous tip.

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