Marquette University alerts students after robberies near campus

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Marquette University's Department of Public Safety is warning students to be alert -- after two robberies in downtown Milwaukee near campus.

On Saturday, August 23rd, there was a robbery near 14th and Kilbourn. In this incident, officials say a black male in his late teens or early 20s approached a Marquette student with a weapon and demanded property. The victim suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital.

The most recent robbery took place just before 11:30 p.m. near 21st and Wisconsin Ave. on Sunday, August 24th. Officials say a suspect approached the student, displayed a weapon and demanded property. The victim gave up property and the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victim was not hurt. The suspect in this second incident was described as a male, white, 25 to 30 years old, about 5'10" tall, 160 pounds with a short haircut and beard. He was wearing a black shirt and red athletic shorts.

The Milwaukee Police Department and Public Safety officers say if you know anything about either of these crimes, should call DPS immediately at 414-288-1911.

Marquette officials are making sure that students and staff are aware of the incidents by sending out alerts via email or text shortly after the incidents. Students say it's helping them stay alert and aware as classes begin.

“I usually walk with people from my dorm anyway. Go to breakfast lunch dinner with them,” said Matt Unger, a freshman.

“We're not locals so obviously they're going to take us as the victims so we`re going to be the main targets, so walk in a group and look behind you,” said Olivier Van Hauwermeiren, a freshman.

“I think I'm pretty safe on this campus. The DPS is great, and there's a cop on every corner. So I’m not too worried about it,” said Eric Wagner.

The Marquette alerts also included tips to stay safe: