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.
Police emergency: Stay indoors or seek immediate indoor shelter and lock doors now. Updates on https://t.co/Yx5mRB21fC as available.— UofHartford (@UofHartford) April 28, 2016
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.
The lockdown is now lifted, however police activity will still be apparent around B complex as the investigation continues. (MORE)— UofHartford (@UofHartford) April 28, 2016
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.
Armed robbery attempt. Area of B complex. Suspect is a black male wearing a black hoodie and ski mask. Black pants, black and red sneakers.— UofHartford (@UofHartford) April 28, 2016
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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