ROGERS PARK — In about a month's time, three Loyola University students have been robbed at gunpoint near the school's lakefront campus, officials said.
A student was walking home about 3 a.m. Monday from the campus commons when she noticed two men standing outside the Loyola "L" station, said Robert Fine, the university's director of campus safety.
As she continued north on Sheridan Road and turned west on Loyola Avenue, she noticed the same men were following her, Fine said.
When she crossed the intersection of Lakewood and Loyola avenues, Fine said, one of the men put a blunt object against her back, the other pulled out a gun, and the pair demanded her money.
The student didn't have any money, so the men took her cellphone and told her to keep walking westbound and not turn around, he said. She was not injured.
Police are searching for two men with dark complexions, ages 18 to 20, and 5 feet, 7 inches tall. The man with the handgun was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.
Two other students have been robbed under similar circumstances in the last two months.
On Jan. 29, a student was robbed at gunpoint about 5 p.m. in an alley near Kilmer Elementary in the 6700 block of North Greenview Avenue.
The victim was approached by two men armed with a gun who stole several items, Fine said.
On Jan. 15, another university student was held up by two men with a silver handgun near North Shore and Lakeview avenues. They took the woman's cellphone and money, Fine said.
Fine cautioned students to avoid walking alone when off campus.