Police Investigate College Park Robberies

Three men attack UMd. student; another suspect demands laptop

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    Police are investigating after two armed robberies near the College Park campus in just under 12 hours. (Published Monday, Jan 28, 2013)

    Police in College Park are investigating two separate incidents: an assault and robbery outside a restaurant, and an attempted armed robbery at an off-campus apartment complex.

    The first incident happened at around 3 a.m. Sunday outside the Shanghai Cafe at 7409 Baltimore Avenue. Investigators say that three men armed with brass knuckles and a knife approached a University of Maryland student, punched him, and went through his pockets. The men made off with the victim's wallet and iPhone, but were arrested by a pursuing Prince George's County Police officer. The victim refused transport to a hospital and the suspects were charged with armed robbery.

    The attempted armed robbery was reported at approximately 1:15 p.m. at The Varsity apartments, located at 8150 Baltimore Avenue. Investigators say a man armed with a handgun demanded a laptop from a potential victim. The victim refused and scuffled with the suspect, who fled the scene.

    Investigators say the man is still at large. He is described as a man wearing a black ski mask, black peacoat, and dark blue jeans. He stands about five feet, eight inches tall and weighs approximately 165 pounds. He is armed with a handgun.

    Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for more on this developing story.