Several Arizona State students robbed at gunpoint near Tempe campus

TEMPE, AZ - Arizona State Police say several people were robbed at gunpoint near the university’s Tempe campus early Sunday morning.

Officials received the first robbery call around 1:30 a.m. near 1st Street and Farmer Avenue, an ASU police spokesperson said. Two hours later, around 3 a.m., police received additional reports about students being robbed near University Drive and Rural Road.

The suspect involved in the first incident was described as being an African American man in his 20s, about 5’7” and 170 pounds. The second suspect was described as being an African American man in his 30s, about 5’7” and a medium build.

Both suspects were seen wearing dark-colored clothing and masks, however, it’s unknown if these two incidents are connected.

Anyone with information about the robberies is used to call the ASU Police Department immediately. 

ABC15 spoke to The Lodge, a bar near where the first robbery occurred. 

Management said they're planing to add additional security in light of what happened to make sure customers and employees stay safe. 

ASU Police are offering tips to students on campus:

  • Be aware of your surroundings when traveling through campus.
  • If you see someone or something suspicious, report it.
  • Be aware of Emergency Call Box locations.
  • Always use the "buddy system" after dark.
  • Utilize the ASU Safety Escort Service.
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