A BU employee was stabbed and robbed near Pleasant Street on Tuesday night, according to university officials and Brookline police.
Police said that around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the victim was walking on Pleasant Street when he was approached by two males. The victim told police the suspects punched and stabbed him, then took his iPad and his bag.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to BU Police Chief Thomas G. Robbins.
Police are now looking for two male suspects in connection with the attack. The suspects were described by the victim as being between 5’10” to 6’0” in height and average build. Their faces were covered by pulled down dark knitted hats. They were also wearing blue jeans and either fleece jackets or sweatshirts with hoods.
In an email to the Boston University community, Chief Robbins reminded students and faculty to remain attentive and cautious when it comes to personal safety in the BU area.
"Though Boston University is located in a relatively safe area in the city, there still remains criminal activity consistent with urban life," he said. "These recent robberies strongly suggest that the offenders are targeting people specifically for small digital electronic items such as iPhones and iPads."
Robbins was referring to several attacks on students near Comm. Ave during the fall of 2012 and three incidents last week, when including one at gunpoint.
The BU Police Department and Brookline Police have committeed to providing additional patrols in the area, Robbins said.
"Together we share the responsibility for maintaining a safe environment," Robbins said. "Each one of us can improve our community’s welfare by reporting crime and unsafe conditions, and by helping others."
The BUPD provided these safety tips for residents living in the area:
- Always be aware of your surroundings, whether on or off campus and if you see something suspicious say something by reporting it immediately to the police.
- Report suspicious persons and activity immediately to 9-1-1 or the Boston University Police Department by calling 617.353.2121 or by texting to 847411 Keyword: BU (text message reports may be made anonymously)
- Walk with others whenever possible, especially at night;
- Do not use smart phones, iPads, and other electronic devices, including ear buds or headphones while walking on the street, especially at night;
- If you don’t have anyone to walk with at night, use the escort security service by calling 617.353.4877;
- Safeguard your valuables by keeping them out of sight.