“It’s absolutely terrifying,” said Yale student Malak Khan.
The Director of the Office of Public Affairs and Communications, Thomas Conroy, confirms to News 8 that at around 1:34 a.m., two undergraduate students encountered a man inside a room at the co-ed facility.
“I just wonder how they got in,” said student Michael McNamara.
“It’s definitely scary because they have to get through two levels of doors with keycard access to get into anybody’s room,” Yale freshman Jacob Payne told us.
Officials say that the man then brandished a handgun and stole a computer, before running away.
There were no injures reported in the robbery.
“Everyone was panicking,” Khan told News 8’s Mario Boone. “No one knew if they should stay where they are.”
Khan questioned why police waited two hours to issue a campus alert. A Yale spokesman said officers were at the scene immediately searching for the robber to prevent him from holding up someone else.
The incident remains under investigation by Yale University Police. There are also additional patrols in the area.
Chief Ronnell Higgins, of the Yale Police Department, released the following statement regarding the robbery to News 8:
“Robberies within residential colleges are fortunately rare, but this morning’s incident reminds us that crime can and does occur anywhere. We are grateful no one was hurt. Police responded immediately to this morning’s robbery, and the investigation is very active. We have also increased police and security patrols throughout campus. “