Students robbed at gunpoint at University of Michigan residence hall

- Police are searching for three suspects after students at a University of Michigan residence hall were robbed at gun point.

Three men entered the room of an acquaintance at the West Quad residence hall, 541 Thompson, around 9 p.m. Monday.

"They were in the victim's room for a period of time and so the victims were acquainted with the offenders," said University Police Chief Robert Neumann.

But an hour later, the chief says the men turned on the three students in the room, brandished a gun, beat them and stole from them before taking off, prompting concerns and a crime alert.

The incident sparked concerns about security at residence halls on campus.

"There are a lot of degrees of security here - you have to swipe in three times just to get into the residence halls but I wasn't that concerned about it for sure. I don't think it'll be something that happens again. I still feel pretty safe in there," student Ryan Donnelly said.

"Anybody could get in pretty damn easily, you just wait until the doors are open and then you walk in with someone else, and no one really turns an eye because we're all college students so who knows who lives here," student Ned Kenny said.

Law enforcement encouraging students to be cautious about letting people they don't know into the residence halls. This is only the second on campus crime alert issued since January. The other was an aggravated assault elsewhere on campus. There have been 16 incidents off-campus.

Public safety officials stress this was not a random attack. They have some good leads and are following up on them.

"I've never felt unsafe in my life. I live right down the street. So I think it was a very unfortunate event that happened but it's a school campus - things happen everywhere," student Cori Cooney said.

The suspects are described as:

- Black male, 6', light complexion, thin build, with a tattoo on his neck, clean fade haircut, wearing a black windbreaker coat

- Black male, dark complexion, large build, 5'11", 18-20 years, wearing a black hooded coat

- Black male, 18-20 years, 5'11", wearing a black knit winter cap, dark gray and burgundy striped sweater

Anyone with information is asked to call the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security at (734) 763-1131 or dial 911.

You can also call the Confidential Tip Line at 1-800-863-1355.

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