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Four men sought following attempted armed robbery at UHart

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Four men were seen on surveillance video walking into Reeves Residence Hall (University of Hartford photo) Four men were seen on surveillance video walking into Reeves Residence Hall (University of Hartford photo)
(University of Hartford photo) (University of Hartford photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

For the second time in less than one month, police are searching for men who tried to rob a University of Hartford student at gunpoint.

On Thursday afternoon, officials at the University of Hartford told students to stay indoors after an armed robbery attempt.

A little after 5:30 p.m., the university took to Twitter to notify students, telling them to stay inside and lock doors.

Reports of an armed robbery attempt in the "area B complex" prompted the alert, school officials said. Complex B is part of the residence halls on campus.

At 6:30 p.m., the university said the lockdown was lifted however police were still searching for four suspects.

No injuries were reported and Hartford Police responded, but students said it is unsettling, but they still feel safe on campus.

"My first reaction was "again..." because something similar to this just happened," said student Marzjai James Henderson.

Police said four men were seen entering Reeves residence hall at around 5:40 p.m.

School officials said a suspect tried to push his way inside a student's dorm room, but the student was able to fight back and close the door.

Surveillance cameras caught the man with the gun leaving campus, along with three other people.

"Most robberies involve drugs. College students don't have cash on hand. Everything is on plastic. So we're making an assumption it's drugs," said John Schmeltz, director of Public Safety.

A suspect was described as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and ski mask, black pants and red sneakers. He allegedly showed a black pistol.

The university said police believe the suspect left campus in a gold Chevrolet Malibu and headed south on Bloomfield Avenue.

Hartford police said this appears to be a drug-related incident, likely connected to previous incidents.

This is the second issue at UHart this month. Two weeks ago, Hartford police said a student was attacked at gunpoint during an attempted robbery.

Police said they have stepped up security on campus.

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