SDSU issues warning after 2 students mugged on campus

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SAN DIEGO — Two strong-arm robberies in which the victim’s cellphone was taken, have been reported within a five-day period on the San Diego State University campus, according to police.

The latest incident was reported Thursday at 9 p.m. in the 5700 block of Aztec Walk near Viejas Arena as a female student was walking toward Calpulli Center, SDSU police said.

Two men approached the student and asked to borrow her cellphone. The first suspect grabbed the phone from her hand, then the second suspect took the cellphone from the first suspect before both men took off running toward Hardy Avenue, police said. The victim was not injured.

The first robbery happened on Sunday and police say the details, circumstances, and descriptions were similar.

Both victims described the first suspect as a slender African-American man, about 20 years old, about 6 feet tall, with buzzed, short black hair, and wearing a black or gray shirt, red basketball shorts, and light colored tennis shoes.

The second suspect was described as an African-American man, about 20, with buzzed, short black hair, and wearing a gray zipper hoodie, blue jeans, and dark colored tennis shoes.

The SDSU Police Department is investigating both incidents. Officers issued a warning to the campus community to use caution when approached by someone they are unfamiliar with asking to borrow their cellphone.