Campus-area gunpoint robberies may be connected

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) An overnight robbery near the Baylor campus Tuesday and a holdup over the weekend on campus may have been committed by the same man, but police are not yet saying for sure.

The most recent robbery was reported at around 9:50 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim told officers he was walking in the 1700 block of South 5th Street near Seventh and James Baptist Church when a black sports car with tinted windows pulled up next to him.

He told officers a black man who was about 6-foot-2 and wearing a black jacket and black beanie got out of the passenger side of the vehicle, walked up to him, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

The vehicle was last seen headed west on James Avenue.

Baylor and Waco officers searched the area without success.

The description of the suspect and the vehicle match those provided by the victim of a robbery on campus late Saturday night.

At around 11:15 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to a report of an armed holdup in a parking lot adjacent to the McLane Student Life Center on the Baylor campus.

The victim told police he was backing out of a parking space when what he described as a black sports car with tinted windows pulled up behind him and stopped.

A black man in his 30s who was about 6-foot-1 and wearing all black clothing included a black hooded sweatshirt got out of the passenger side of the car, walked up to the victim’s car, pulled the driver’s side door open, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

The victim wasn’t injured.

"It's pretty bold to approach somebody in the public and demand something at gunpoint. So we definitely want our citizens to be on the lookout. Watch out for each other,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Wednesday.

Larissa Garcia, a junior student at Baylor, said she lives across the street from the site of the latest robbery.

She said is being more careful now.

"If I'm walking and it's late I make sure I go with someone and if it's in the daytime I'm pretty much by myself. But, if I'm leaving anywhere past 6:00 I'm driving."

Meanwhile university officials said they are keeping their students and staff informed about incidents such as these.

They are urging precaution.

They told students to not travel alone if possible.

They are also encouraging them to download the Rave Guardian app on their smartphones.

This app allows them to quickly contact university police by phone call or text in an emergency.

Officials are also reminding students and staff about the 80-plus emergency call boxes situated across the campus and about the more than 120 emergency telephones in building elevators.