By Renee Santos


SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Police are warning students about an attempted robbery that was reported on the Sacramento State University campus Wednesday morning.

Sac State police say the incident happened around 6 a.m. A student said they were walking across the quad when a ski mask-wearing suspect pulled a knife on them and demanded the student’s stuff.

“For that time of day and with the number of people there in the area, it’s highly unusual,” said University Chief of Police Mark Iwasa.

The student was able to run away and immediately reported the incident to the police. No property was taken in the incident, police say.

“Students who are taking early morning classes or late night classes are pretty vulnerable if they don’t stick to certain areas,” said student Phillip Gomez.

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Officers searched the area but came up empty. Police say the suspect appears to be a heavy-set white or light-skinned man who stands about 6 feet tall. He was wearing a black ski mask, all black clothes, and black gloves.

Numbers show just within the past week, University police responded to 13 reported crimes. Most involved vandalism, property damage and theft.

Students such as Sage Beamon are just happy this recent incident was reported to police right away.

“Get it on paper that it happened so we can take the right steps and initiatives to make sure it doesn’t happen to anybody else,” Beamon said.

Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call Sac State police at (916) 278-6000.

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