PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia police are investigating two separate home invasions of Temple University students this week.
One incident happened on Friday morning around 7 a.m. at a residence in the 1300 block of North 15th Street near Master Street.
Police say 11 students were inside at the time of the robbery. Six female residents, three of their boyfriends and two girlfriends were sleeping.
They said they were woken up by a knock on the door.
There were two masked suspects ahead. Philadelphia Police Capt. Michael Goodson said at least one had a gun.
One of the roommates let the two men into the apartment, believing them to be young men who probably knew someone inside, students told Action News.
“We were all just woken up. There was a guy with a gun. He went into several of our rooms. He made one of us go and wake up the other roommates along with the guy with the gun,” said one student.
The suspects kept asking the students, “Where are the drugs? Where are the drugs?”
Apparently, the suspects were told that they would be able to find drugs and money in this house. But it was not so.
Armed robbers locked all 11 students in the basement.
All the victims were unharmed but shaken as they were forced to hand over their mobile phones, debit cards along with their PINs and car keys.
Police say the pair stole a 2015 Lincoln MKZ sedan with Pennsylvania license KMF1560.
But a similar incident happened on Wednesday.
Kayla Barone, a sophomore at Temple University, says she was asleep early Wednesday morning when three masked intruders broke into her home near 18th Street.
“I can hear all this rummaging around upstairs in the kitchen. It seemed to be several people, so my heart started to beat. I was shaking in bed. I didn’t know what to do,” Barone said.
She says she tried to call and warn the other two roommates, but they were asleep.
She then called 911. By then, the masked men had come downstairs.
At gunpoint, they locked her two roommates in one room and forced Barone to give her cash, cards, a cell phone and other valuables.
They left abruptly as soon as they unlocked her phone and realized Barone had already called 911.
“He dropped my bags that were in his hands and my phone like we had to go. They caught us, run, run, run. All three of them ran out,” Barone recalled.
Police are calling it an active investigation and are looking into whether the two cases are related.
Over the past year, we have continued to cover crime in and around Temple’s campus.
As students grapple with this latest incident, campus police were busy Friday evening responding to a shooting that left a man injured near campus at 11th and Jefferson.
In a statement released by the university, the latest home invasion occurred outside the university’s patrol area. They also remind students about protective measures they can take to stay safe.
The university will provide on-campus housing, counseling and other trauma information resources to students directly affected this week.
Detectives are actively investigating both facts.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.
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