Rash of robberies targeting GA Tech students continues - CBS46 News

Rash of robberies targeting GA Tech students continues

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Another Georgia Tech student has been robbed in an off-campus attack, becoming the eleventh student to be robbed in the area in just the past few weeks.

The incident happened on the 1200 block of State Street in northwest Atlanta.

The victim says he was walking down the street when he was approached by two armed suspects. They put a gun in his stomach before taking off with a laptop and wallet.

The victim, who didn't want to be identified, says he couldn't see where the suspects went because the street is so dark.  

This comes just days after the robbery of a student on Snyder Street, the second such incident in that area in just a few days.

Police say there have been several robberies of Georgia Tech students in recent weeks and comes just after a partnership between the Atlanta Police Department and Georgia Tech Police was announced.

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields admits officers haven't done enough to protect students.

"It's deflating to hear about a student being robbed, but I would say is our responsiveness was not aggressive or assertive enough up until this point," said Shields. "I've made it clear to my command staff that I expect the department to step up its game."

Shields also says mobile cameras, discretionary patrols and improved lighting will all be used.

"We will make arrests, and those individuals that we arrest will have previously skated through the judicial system," continued Shields. "Just as APD must step up its game, the courts simply have to start accepting responsibility for this pattern of providing bond, adjudicating cases, and glossing over criminal histories with the speed that they do."

It is also believed that the same people may be responsible for the crimes.

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