ATLANTA (WAOK/AJC)-Georgia Tech police reported another attack on a student this weekend, but this time, the victim was male and the attempted robbery happened just off campus, in the Home Park neighborhood.
The latest incident occurred about 11:45 p.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of Atlantic Drive, just north of the northwest Atlanta campus.
According to a safety alert issued by Tech police, the victim reported that he was standing in the driveway of a home, using his cell phone when two males approached him from behind.
“One of the males tackled the student to the ground and attempted to steal his cell phone,” the alert stated. “The offender was not able to take the student’s phone and both suspects were last seen running northbound on Atlantic Drive towards 14th Street.”
Tech police described the suspects as both being black, bald, and standing between 5 feet, 8 inches and 6 feet tall. Both were wearing dark pants, and one was wearing a white shirt, while the other was shirtless.
Georgia Tech police are also still investigating three recent attacks on women on the Georgia Tech campus.
Last Tuesday, a woman told campus police she was walking on McMillan Street near Turner Place around 12:50 a.m. when an unknown male approached her from behind and grabbed her around the waist, when she punched him the man ran off, according to a police report.
On a Saturday two weeks ago, two other women reported men attacking them on campus. One of the incidents is reported to have happened on 4th Street and the other on Tech Walkway.
Georgia Tech police Chief Teresa Crocker told the AJC that police were “working diligently” to solve the cases, although they don’t “have a lot to go on at this point” for “the victims have not able to give a lot of information on what the perpetrators look like.”
In addition, Georgia Tech police say they are also stepping up patrols with the help of the Georgia State Patrol and Atlanta police.
The university issued a safety advisory with tips to remind students, faculty and staff to report any suspicious activity immediately to Georgia Tech Police by calling 404-894-2500.
Campus Police advise people to walk in groups, be aware of surroundings, program the Tech police number into cell phones, and call the Stingerette, campus transportation, for a ride home at 404-385-7433.