UCLA students targeted in string of Westwood robberies
UCLA students have been targeted in a recent string of late-night street robberies in Westwood’s North Village, police said.
Authorities believe the same pair of robbers are responsible for the holdups, which have occurred between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. in dimly lit areas of Veteran, Midvale and Levering avenues.
“They have been taking phones for the most part,” said Los Angeles police Det. Stan Evans, but have also stolen laptops and purses.
A total of five robberies, all off campus, are under investigation. The robbers were sometimes armed and in two instances struck the students, who were not injured, Evans said.
The most recent occurred after midnight Friday when two students were held up within a couple of hours in separate incidents.
The suspects are described as black men in their 20s or early 30s, 5-feet-10 to 6-feet-2 and 160 to 200 pounds. They drive a dark car.
Evans, noting the victims have usually been alone, said students should walk with a friend or use the campus escort system late at night.
-- Bettina Boxall