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West Lafayette residents react to two armed robberies in their area

Nearby neighbors are concerned about two armed robberies happening so close to home.

Posted: Nov 2, 2019 9:46 PM
Updated: Nov 2, 2019 11:46 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Nearby neighbors are concerned about two armed robberies happening so close to home.

"It was a random chance, somebody took advantage of the circumstance," said Lieutenant Kevin Flynn with the West Lafayette Police Department.

This circumstance outside one West Lafayette business has one manager a little shaken up, especially since the sun will start to set sooner.

"In the wintertime, it's so dark and it's scary here," said Jyoti Patel.

Patel's business sits right next to where an early morning armed robbery happened. She's worried about her customers, who are mostly Purdue students.

"Robberies, house break-ins, everything. I think the students are not even safe sometimes," said Patel.

Purdue student Noah Alderton said while it's a scary situation, he's not too worried about his overall safety on campus.

"I still feel very comfortable here," said Alderton. "It's still consistently ranked one of the safest campuses in the United States so I really just think it was isolated."

Alderton lives near the location of the armed robbery on South River Road and he often spends time near the location of the armed robbery on Pierce Street.

"I'm not terribly concerned about it being a consistent thing but I'm pretty sure police will probably catch the guy in the future," said Alderton.

Both West Lafayette and Purdue University Police are investigating surveillance video from the parking garage and surrounding businesses. Officers say because these kinds of incidents are so infrequent, it's even more important for people to be on high alert.

"Reporting is a key to helping us solve these types of crimes and in this particular case, there was a bit of a time delay, which caused some issues for us," said Purdue University Police Chief John Cox.

Chief Cox said because the victim's phones were stolen it made it harder for them to call the police right away, that's why the community can play a big role in helping catch the criminal.

"We encouraged our students, staff and faculty and visitors to be our extra eyes and ears," said Cox.

We will continue our coverage of the investigation as information becomes available.

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