Two Violent Campus Area Robberies May Be Linked; Victims Were Bound

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WACO (April 19, 2012)—A home-invasion robbery just after midnight in the 500 block of Daughtry Avenue that sent a 21-year-old man to a local hospital and a second robbery at around 11 a.m. at an apartment complex on University Parks Drive in which three men were tied up may be linked, police said late Thursday afternoon.

The first robbery was reported at around 12:15 a.m. Thursday.

The victim, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries received during the holdup, told officers he answered a knock at the door and was immediately attacked by two men with guns who demanded money.

He said the robbers tied him up and then rummaged through his residence, leaving with money and other items.

Then at around 11 a.m. Thursday, two armed men forced their way into another Baylor-area apartment, tied up the three students who live there and escaped with items stolen from the residence.

At least one of the students was struck with a gun, police said.

Neighbors said the three men who live in the apartment at the Outpost, at 2415 South University Parks Dr, were not hurt.

The victims told officers that two men knocked on the door of their apartment, forced their way in, tied them up in a back bedroom, and then ransacked the residence.

The men were armed with some type of semi-automatic firearm, the victims said.

No one was hurt.

The Outpost is a gated apartment community but the driveway gates were open Thursday morning.

Police said late Thursday afternoon that while the two robberies are similar, it’s too early in the investigation to know for certain whether the same two men committed them.

Baylor isn’t holding classes Thursday, which is Diadeloso or Day of the Bear, an annual spring play day.

Late last year Baylor stepped up security in the campus area after a series of nearly 10 holdups from mid October to early December on the west side of the campus.