Greenville police are still investigating strong arm robberies of two students that happened within blocks of each other Friday night near campus.
The first robbery took place on South Summit Street around 9:20 p.m. Tyler Chambers told police three people approached him and tried to spray him with mace. He tried to run, but was pushed down and beaten. They got away with the 23-year-old's wallet and cell phone.
Then about and hour and forty minutes later Michael Glynn, Jr. says he was walking down the 1700 block of East 5th Street when three people approached him from behind. The 22-year-old was struck in the head and shoulders and his wallet was taken.
The university says Tyler was enrolled in the spring semester, while Glynn tells WITN that he was a student at ECU until recently.
In both cases the robbers were described as three black males, according to police.
Police have not yet said whether they believe the two robberies are connected.
After a rash of shootings in Greenville during the first weeks of July, now two people were robbed by a trio of thieves in two separate incidents over the weekend.
An email alert issued by East Carolina University Sunday, warns residents of two muggings Friday night near the university.
The release state, that a man was robbed by three suspects on the 200 block of Summit street. The robbers took his wallet and cellphone.
Approximately an hour and a half later--another man was mugged by three men, this time near 5th and Elm streets.
This comes on the heels of a recent spike in violence in Greenville which has residents near the ECU campus voicing their concerns about their safety.
Alvin Hall, Sr of Greenville says, "you don't know who's around here and who's doing what , so I try to do what I have to do before the sun goes down."
Raechel Attaway says, "sometimes I just get a little bit scared to walk around at night , not seeing as much law enforcement that I see on 5th and seeing just as much foot traffic as I do on 5th street, I just wish there was more patrolling on this end of the campus"
Student and staff at ECU as well as those living close to campus have been encouraged to stay aware of their surroundings at all time and to walk in groups at night.