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Robberies near TCU have residents vigilant

FORT WORTH -- Three robberies reported close to Texas Christian University’s campus have nearby residents watching their steps.

TCU Police sent out a crime alert to students Wednesday alerting them of two robberies reported on July 26 and 27 by Fort Worth Police in the neighborhoods surrounding campus.

The July 26 robbery occurred at about 3:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of Parmer Ave., according to the e-mail. The e-mail said the victim was walking toward her car when a man approached her, eventually pulling out a knife and taking her purse.

The July 27 robbery occurred at about 4 a.m. in the 2700 of Merida Ave., according the e-mail. It said the victim pulled into his driveway when he was approached by a man who demanded he give him his wallet and cell phone.

The e-mail said the suspect in both cases was listed as a black male, about 6 feet tall, 160 pounds and in his mid 20s.

A third robbery occurred within three blocks of the others late Tuesday in the 2600 block of West Cantey Street, according to a Fort Worth police report. The report said the victim was walking on Cantey when a vehicle drove up next to him. A man in the passenger side of the vehicle first asked about bars in the area before demanding he give him his wallet, police reported.

Haroon Xavier, a TCU graduate who lives on McCart Street, said he has lived in the area for three years and has never had any safety problems, but he tries to avoid walking around at night.

“It’s kind of creepy, there aren’t enough street lights,” he said.

He said he was surprised to hear about the robberies and will start to be more careful.

“TCU has always been considered a safe area,” Xavier said.