Armed robbery near health center

The students were heading south on Warner Street across from the Student Health Center when they were held at gunpoint by six men. Photo credit: Mozes Zarate

Three Chico State students were robbed at gunpoint Monday night near the Student Health Center.

None of the students were injured in the incident, according to a campus-wide email.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m., according to the email.

The students were heading south on Warner Street across from the health center, said Chico Police Sgt. Rob Merrifield. They were heading toward the downtown area.

Nearing Legion Avenue, they were approached by six men who were reportedly carrying guns, he said. The suspects told them to get on the ground and give up their possessions.

Several items, including a backpack, cellphones and wallets were taken.

A possible witness called in around 11:20 p.m. saying he saw a fight happening around where the incident reportedly occurred, Merrifield said.

An initial report of the incident was made at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday.

The suspects were described as wearing black hoodies, with one suspect wearing a bandanna partially over his face, he said.

Armed robberies are common in unlit student-populated neighborhoods, including Nord Avenue, West Fifth Street and North Cedar Street, Merrifield said.

Given that Warner is a well-lit and busy street, he said he was surprised.

“It’s a little more common more off the beaten path or off the side streets,” Merrifield said.

Mozes Zarate can be reached at [email protected] or @mzarate139 on Twitter.