As students begin their first week of the semester, worries about coursework are shifting to concerns about safety.
On Wednesday at approximately 2:39 p.m. San Jose Police Department responded to a call regarding a kidnapping and an armed robbery.
A male SJSU student was forced out of the 7-Eleven on Sixth and San Salvador. He was held at gunpoint and forced to withdraw money from various ATMs.
7-Eleven employee Gurpreet Singh, who started his shift at 2 p.m., said he did not notice any suspicious activity until SJPD came at around 3:45 p.m.
Students received a text and email from AlertSJSU at approximately 4 p.m. with a description of the suspect.
He is described as a male in his 20s with a darker complexion and yellow hair. He was wearing a gray hoodie and black sweatpants with a white stripe, a gray JAMZ backpack and was armed with a black handgun.
The victim was released and soon after contacted the police after the kidnapping, according to SJPD’s Press Information Officer Gina Tepoorten.
The suspect has yet to be identified or apprehended.
Because the event occurred off campus, SJPD is leading the investigation. University Police (UPD) will help assist.
“I’m not originally from San Jose, so I thought because it’s a big campus that there would be security or something in every corner,” kinesiology junior Karina Ruiz.
“Now I’m starting to think it’s not as safe as I thought it would be.”
The UPD has not released any more information regarding the investigation besides what was included in the AlertSJSU texts and emails.
The UPD offers various services for students who feel unsafe on campus, including a 24-hour safety escort service and the Safe Ride Program that drives students to locations off-campus from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. everyday.
SJPD urges people with more information regarding this case to contact the SJPD Robbery Unit at (408) 277-4166.
Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (408) 947-7867.
A cash reward may be provided by Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers for persons who report information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.