St. Joseph’s University student tied up and robbed at gunpoint inside an off-campus house in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – A St. Joseph University student was the victim of a violent crime early Tuesday morning when police said three to four suspects robbed him at gunpoint from his home outside campus.

Investigators say the home invasion happened around 4.40am on the 5700 block of Drexel Road in the Wynnefield section of the city.

Police say the suspects broke into the 19-year-old victim’s basement door, woke him up at gunpoint, tied him up and robbed him.

Neighbors say the student had just moved in.

“I’m petrified,” said Pamela Moody, who lives in the neighborhood. “Seems like it always happens to students at St. Joe’s. I don’t know if it’s because it’s in a neighborhood, they don’t take precautions?”

Police say the suspects fled with the student’s phone, wallet and laptop.

The victim wasn’t ready to speak on camera on Tuesday, but he told Action News he was fine. He hopes the police will find the suspects soon.

This is the second crime targeting university students in the past 30 days. On June 21, a student was shot dead during an attempted carjacking on Upland Way and Drexel Road, just blocks from the home invasion.

The university told Action News in a statement: “The university’s first priority remains the safety and well-being of our students. We have worked closely with the Philadelphia Police Department in their ongoing investigation. The university alerted our community to the off-campus burglary and shared reminders about available security resources Public Safety and Philadelphia Police deployed additional patrols to the area.

Neighbors say they tell students to always be on the alert.

“At night, if you walk home from school, have the school escort you,” said neighbour, Bernice Mowry.

No arrests were made.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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