Students react to robberies at Bradley University

By Joe Bennett

September 25, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 9:25 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria and Bradley University Police are investigating an armed robbery and attempted robbery that occurred on or near campus Monday night.

Late Monday evening, two female students were robbed at gunpoint outside of the Saint James Apartment Complex at Bradley University.

Just after midnight, a male student was approached by a man with a handgun at the corner of Cooper and Bradley.

According to police reports, no one was injured in either case.

A text alert was sent to Bradley students warning them of the crimes.

Those alerts are being met with mixed reactions.

"I really like that they keep us updated pretty well," says graduate student Nhi Vo. "I got a bunch of texts the other day that there was a robbery and that they're pursuing it. They're keeping us updated on what they're doing. I think they're doing a good job."

Bradley Senior Justin Berkowitz lives in a house on the corner where the second robbery occurred.

He feels police spend more time looking for underage drinkers then they do protecting students at the university.

"To hear two hours after a robbery went down outside my house, I don't feel safe at all," says Berkowitz. "I don't feel their priorities are straight."

Bradley officials urge students to travel in groups and to call for an escort if need be.

Bradley Police can be contacted for an escort at 677-2000.

That number should also be called if you have information regarding the robberies.

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