Three ODU students robbed at gunpoint

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Three Old Dominion University students were robbed at gunpoint early Friday morning.

Norfolk Police Department spokesmen say they are investigating the armed robbery, which happened around 1:30 a.m. on W. 39th Street near Bluestone Avenue. ODU Campus Police originally responded the scene, then called Norfolk Police in just after 2 a.m.

Scene of robbery.
Scene of robbery.

Police say the suspect was wearing a red bandanna.

W. 39th Street is a mix of college students and Norfolk residents, and neighbors say the scene of the crime is near where the student victims live. WAVY.com spoke to many students and residents on Friday afternoon and all said they weren’t surprised by the recent robbery. Some say, they’ve come to expect it.

“Our house on the corner right here has been shot,” said Michael Mazza, a senior at ODU who lives on W. 39th Street. “And then our neighbors right here were robbed on their own.”

Students also have another violent crime fresh in their minds. Sunday, February 16, an ODU student was shot on Bowdens Ferry Road, just blocks away from the latest robbery.

“We have great neighbors,” said Mazza. “But, it’s crazy to think that some people come from outside the community to get just a dollar up. You’re in school, you shouldn’t have to worry about somebody robbing you.”

The surrounding neighborhood wants to do something about the crime. The Lambert’s Point Civic League is organizing a “Walk Against Crime” for Saturday, March 29. The group is meeting at the intersection of 40th Street and Bowdens Ferry Road at 8 a.m. They will end at the Village Point Senior House center at 38th Street and Bowdens Ferry Road.

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