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Yale students attacked by gang of teens on bicycles


The New Haven Police Department has launched an investigation after two Yale University students were attacked by a group of kids on bicycles earlier this week.

Police said there were two separate incidents where a graduate and undergraduate student were attacked near the intersection of Wall and High streets around 6 p.m.

"I'm definitely conscious of whether I'm walking alone on the street and what I might do if I were approached by a group," said Jeanette Figg, who is a law student at Yale University.

During the incident, the students were not robbed and no weapons were used.

"It is just an attack, usually quick brazen by groups of kids and not so much as one or two, a half a dozen or more," said Officer Dave Hartman.

Police said these packs of kids usually try to rob you. The attacks are becoming a trend called "apple picking" because they're usually after your iPhone.

"When we're talking on our cell phone, pay attention," Hartman said. "We kind of get into a zone where we forget what's going on around us."

Officials at Yale University have warned students to be aware that they could be targeted by the bicycle gangs.

"If they seem menacing and I sensed a threat I would walk in a direction of an officer," said Michael Nace, who is a law student at Yale University.

The incident is under investigation by the New Haven Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 203-946-6316 or the New Haven Police "Tips Line" at 203-946-2875.

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