NORTHRIDGE (CNS) – A man on a skateboard was the victim of an attempted robbery on the Cal State Northridge campus and a similar crime was attempted nearby a few minutes later, authorities said today.
The robbery attempt happened at 11:02 p.m. Monday as the victim was riding a skateboard east on Prairie Street near a campus parking structure, toward Etiwanda Avenue, according to an alert sent by campus police The victim was approached from behind by two males and one brandished a handgun at the victim, asking what he had on him, according to the statement.
The victim refused to give the suspects any property and continued on the campus, according to the statement. The victim looked behind him and saw the suspects get into a gray sedan and drive toward Reseda Boulevard.
The suspects were described as Hispanic males. One was 5 feet 10, with a blue hat, white shirt and blue jeans. The second was 5 feet 10, with a blue hat, gray hooded sweatshirt and black shorts.
Two suspects also attempted to rob another person of a backpack at 11:05 p.m. at Lassen Street and Aldea Avenue, said Sgt. H. Najera of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Devonshire Station. The victim refused to give them the backpack and the suspects “might have entered a vehicle,” he said.
CSUN police were urging people to travel in groups of two or more in well-lit areas, never fight over property and dial 911 from a campus phone or cell phone in an emergency.