A female Georgetown University student was robbed at gunpoint onday evening in front of her house in Burleith. The student was unharmed, but the assailant escaped with several possessions.

The student, Kathleen Kingsbury (SFS ’01), was walking on the front steps of her house on 38th Street when, according to the Department of Public Safety, an assailant approached her from behind, pointed a gun at her and demanded her money.

DPS Chief William Tucker said there are presently no suspects in the case.

Kingsbury was returning home alone from campus at the time of the incident, which occurred at approximately 9:47 p.m. Tucker said that SafeRides, the university service that provides rides home at night, does not run as far as Kingsbury’s house.

GUSA President Tawan Davis (COL ’01) said that as a result of the incident, he will look into possibly trying to expand the SafeRides service.

Kingsbury described the suspect as a 5-foot-11 African-American man in his early 20s with braided hair. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a black shirt and black pants.

The robber snatched Kingsbury’s cellular phone and wallet, which contained only $5, identification cards and two automated teller machine cards.

After robbing Kingsbury, the suspect fled into a waiting dark-colored car, which was being driven by another African-American male.

According to Kingsbury’s roommate, she has returned home temporarily as a result of the incident. Attempts to reach her at her home in Massachusetts were unsuccessful.

According to a DPS Campus Alert Community-Gram, Kingsbury followed many of their recommendations, including carrying only a small amount of money and cooperating with assailants. However, they recommend that students refrain from walking alone at night and instead use the university’s escort service if it is available.

Allison Murphy (SFS ’01) who lives on Reservoir Road in Burleith, said that because she lives fairly close to campus, she is not as concerned about the incident. However, she added that since the incident, many of her friends have been afraid to walk alone at night.

Eugene Lee (MSB ’01) said that the situation is slightly different for men. “[Men] are so oblivious . honestly I don’t think about it very much.” Lee did say that he thinks the Metropolitan Police Department should do a better job of patrolling the neighborhood.

“I only see [MPD] when there is loud noise or a party to bust up,” he said. “It’s frustrating because they should be more concerned about student safety than what they do on the weekends.”

Students who have any information about the incident should contact DPS or MPD.

Staff Writer Liz McDonald contributed to this report.

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