Three individuals are in police custody after on-campus armed robbery attempt


Noora Neiroukh

OU’s public safety building. Last week OUPD had to respond to a reported armed robbery attempt.

The Oakland University Police Department (OUPD) is investigating an armed robbery attempt that took place on Wednesday Mar. 30 at approximately 6:15 p.m. in the P-5 parking lot next to Oak View Hall.

A female student reported to OUPD that she was approached by a white 4 door sedan occupied by 2 college aged males.

As she was walking through the parking lot, the suspect in the passenger seat allegedly rolled down his window, pointed a gun at her and told her, “Give me all your money.”

No money was given to the suspects, and the female student immediately walked into a residential building. The vehicle left the victim shortly thereafter, heading north in the P-5 lot.

The incident was reported to OUPD just after 7:00 p.m., who responded to the area and reviewed surveillance footage.

There are currently 3 arrested individuals in connection to this incident that are in police custody.

Mari Romund, a student double-majoring in accounting and finance, first heard about the armed robbery through the university text alert system while attending a night class.

“I was actually in an exam, so when I turned my phone on after, I saw it. I was kind of scared because I didn’t know what time it was sent, and I don’t know the parking lots off the top of my head either.”

Romund expressed concern for the victim of the attempted armed robbery, and described not knowing the full situation at the time as a “scary experience.”

“It would have been really scary to be that student. Either way, whether it was a real weapon or not, that’s still very inappropriate, especially for a college campus.”

Alexa Mirobski, a sophomore studying international relations, was driving to the Rec Center when she first heard about the incident.

“It was a little bit scary because I was going to end up getting back to my dorm at night…where it [the attempted robbery] had happened was where I usually park. So, I was just scared a little bit.”

After learning that people were in police custody after the incident, Mirobski felt relieved that they were apprehended so quickly.

“It made me feel a lot after that they were apprehended so quickly. I didn’t have to worry about it anymore,” she said.

Campus community members who may opt in receiving OUPD text alerts might have seen an alert was sent just after 5:00 p.m. regarding a medical situation in Hamlin Hall that also occurred on Mar. 30 prior to the armed robbery attempt.

According to OUPD Police Chief Gordon, the OUPD dispatch received a call on Wednesday afternoon that an individual was in need of immediate medical attention. The police had reason to believe the person was located in Hamlin Hall, but an exact location was not yet determined. Police and housing staff conducted a room search from 4:40 p.m. to shortly after 6:00 p.m., and no individual in need of medical attention was identified.

OUPD does not believe the armed robbery attempt and the medical situation in Hamlin Hall are connected in any way.

Anyone with information regarding the armed robbery attempt should contact the OUPD at 248-370-3331.