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UNLV student robbed by wrench-wielding suspect near campus

Posted at 9:19 AM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 12:40:43-05

A UNLV student was robbed and had his car stolen near campus on Thursday by a suspect with a wrench.

Police reported the armed man approached the student near the Campus Village Shopping Center on Maryland Parkway at about 2:45 p.m.

The suspect then robbed the student and took his 2013 Volkswagen Jetta.

The victim was not injured in the incident and UNLV police described the assailant as a Hispanic man who was wielding a wrench.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is leading the investigation with UNLV Police Services assisting, as the situation took place off campus. 

UNLV police shared these safety reminders:

  • Remain vigilant both on- and off-campus at all times and report suspicious activity to the police.  Remember, if you "see something, say something."
  • Travel in pairs or groups whenever possible, and don't risk your safety by resisting during a robbery.
  • When on campus, you can request a campus security escort 24 hours a day by calling UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3668.
  • Save (702) 895-3669 in your phone to contact UNLV Police Services for assistance on campus.  Calls to 9-1-1 from a non-campus phone go to the Las Vegas Metro Police, which are forwarded to UNLV Police.
  • Download UNLV's RebelSAFE app. The app will allow you to directly call UNLV Police without going through Las Vegas Metro Dispatch.
  • Learn more about safety tips on our crime prevention tips webpage.